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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.