Harrisburg University breaks ground on £103m academic tower in US


Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HUST) has broken ground on the new academic tower on its downtown campus in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, US.

The $125m (£102.7m) second academic tower will feature health science classrooms and simulation laboratories intended to support the university’s nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, and other allied health programmes.

Designed by Stantec, the 17-storey building will also comprise specialised laboratories designed for advanced manufacturing and digital media studies as well as a 197-room hotel linked to the university by a shared atrium space.

The building, which is expected to support increasing national demand for health sciences education and advanced manufacturing technology, is scheduled to be opened by the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Stantec principal Alex Wing said: “As the University expands its downtown Harrisburg footprint with this second academic tower, Stantec’s work for HUST represents the latest in a growing trend for health sciences education.

“Statistics from the Bureau for Labor indicate healthcare occupation employment is projected to grow 18 percent through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.

“Because of this greater demand for healthcare services, academic institutions will find value in establishing flexible facilities able to adapt to changing needs.”

The university is also planning to build a privately-operated 197-room hotel and a street-level restaurant as part of the new project.

Stantec said in a statement: “Providing much needed academic space just two blocks from the university’s first tower, also designed by Stantec, the building will mark the Harrisburg skyline and connect to local street activity via an internal atrium dedicated to the HUST learning community.”

The university’s first campus project, a 14-storey academic building, was also designed by Stantec.

The first tower features classrooms, laboratories, conference and meeting space, a library, faculty offices, teaming areas, parking, and storage. It also offers spaces for the larger Harrisburg community.

Additionally, the initial academic building includes a 125-seat auditorium for university and community events, conference spaces, and an outdoor roof garden.

Image: Illustration of the HUST’s second academic tower. Photo: courtesy of Stantec.

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