Temple University’s building boom continues to forge ahead with the news that work on the expansion of the historic 1810 Liacourus Walk is set to begin this August.
The university announced Thursday that it received the go ahead to begin work on the renovation project, which will expand the Fox School of Business by adding space to 1810 Liacourus Walk with a new atrium and an additional floor. In total, the Jacobs-designed project will provide 70,000 square feet of space to the school.
In addition, a glassy skywalk will be built between the fourth floor of 1810 Liacourus and Speakman Hall.
Temple’s Board of Trustees gave the final green light to start work on the project. But the skywalk almost didn’t happen, after the Architecture Committee and the Historical Committee both recommended denial of the request.
1810 Liacorus is certified historic, since it is falls within the Park Avenue Historic District. Townhomes built in the 1820s used to line Liacorus Walk, but were demolished to make way for Temple’s growing campus. As a compromise, the facades of the townhomes were preserved.
The newly renovated 1810 Liacorus is expected to reopen at the start of the 2018-19 school year.