We used a very wide architectural tilt-shift lens to fully show the two-and-a-half-story glass atrium entrance with climbing wall.

We used a very wide architectural tilt-shift lens to fully show the two-and-a-half-story glass atrium entrance with climbing wall.

There’s big and then there’s really big. Temple University’s new Aramark Student Training and Recreation (STAR) complex is really big. Massive, in fact. A sprawling 110,000 square foot multifaceted facility serving the needs of the College of Public Health, Athletics and Campus Recreation Departments.

 The Indoor Pavilion houses a 70-yard turf field. Capturing the detail in the stained glass logo window was of critical importance to the client.

The Indoor Pavilion houses a 70-yard turf field. Capturing the detail in the stained glass logo window was of critical importance to the client.

Shortly after the complex was dedicated in the fall of 2017, construction management firm E.P. Guidi brought me on to document the building and its interiors, as well as the considerable physical impact this new addition had on the campus.

 Greg pays a visit to one of the physical therapy classrooms.

Greg pays a visit to one of the physical therapy classrooms.

The STAR complex was designed to centralize a host of initiatives, with athletic facilities, clinical education space for various therapies and physical training, and state-of-the-art lecture and lab space. One of my key challenges then was how best to showcase these relatively intimate spaces while at the same time capture the considerable enormity of the place.

 No waiting for weights in the weight room.

No waiting for weights in the weight room.

We started with the inside, showing up early on a Saturday morning and setting up our shots before even the most devoted of athletes showed up.

 A new 400-meter, 2-lane track encircles the facility.

A new 400-meter, 2-lane track encircles the facility.

 Drone-assisted photography closes in on the mammoth size of the STAR complex, with Center City Philadelphia in the distance.

Drone-assisted photography closes in on the mammoth size of the STAR complex, with Center City Philadelphia in the distance.

Tackling the exterior on a separate day, we took advantage of a beautiful blue sky and shot with multiple cameras at twilight. My Phantom 4 Pro drone was the perfect tool to capture the scale and setting of the building.

 The STAR at twilight.

The STAR at twilight.

 Temple misses no opportunity to highlight their brand.

Temple misses no opportunity to highlight their brand.

While each photo is a story in itself, only when taken together does the complete picture of this big star on campus come into focus.

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