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Several stories of Harrisburg University’s Health Science Education Center now rise above South Third and Market streets as construction continues on the University’s new 11-story building in downtown Harrisburg.

A photo of progress, recently shot by HU Geospatial Technology Professor, Albert Sarvis, shows that several floors of steel have been erected since a 255-foot-high crane was placed above the center’s footprint in April.

The new building will contain 260,000 square feet of academic space and will accommodate at least 1,000 new students in nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, and other allied health programs. The center also will include classrooms and training space for HU’s Advanced Manufacturing and Interactive Media programs, in addition to auditoriums, student life, and tutoring areas.

The timeline for the project has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The building, slated to open in January of 2022 prior to the pandemic, is expected to open in 2023.

The University is spending $100 million on the project. No tax-exempt bonds will pay for the construction of the building. The university broke ground on the project in July of 2019.

Learn more about the Health Science Education Center at this link.


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