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Harrisburg University’s new science education center is one step closer to welcoming students.  Construction crews for the $100-million Science Education Center at 3rd and Chestnut are moving the air handlers and chillers to the roof of the largest private construction project underway in the region.

This final phase of the outside construction allows the building to be “closed,” which allows workers to begin construction on the inside of the 11-story building. 

ABC27 recently covered the progress on the building, which is set to provide classroom space for 1,000 students when it opens in January 2023.   View the segment here

Facts the air handler units and chillers:

  • The system consists of 2 custom design air handling units that were locally manufactured in York, PA.
  • The assembled units are almost 12 feet tall by 19 feet wide.
  • The operating weight of each unit is 52,781 lbs. Which is the weight of 16 cars!
  • Each unit pushes an airflow of 83,000 cubic feet per minute.
  • Each chiller is 40.5 ft long by 7 ft wide by 8 ft tall. And each Chiller weighs 23,785 lbs.


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