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The 255-foot-high crane that will be used to construct Harrisburg University’s 11-story Health Science Education Center in downtown Harrisburg was erected above the building’s footprint at South Third and Chestnut streets during the weekend.

Chestnut Street, between Second and Third streets, will remain closed until Tuesday morning as the crane assembly is completed.

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 advanced manufacturing and interactive media programs, in addition to auditoriums, and 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 this project. No tax-exempt bonds will pay for the construction of the building.

Harrisburg-based Reynolds Enterprises Inc. and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., based in Baltimore, were hired to support Butler County architect Alex Wing of Stantec on pre-construction plans for the building.

The university broke ground on the project in July of 2019.

For media coverage of the crane assembly, follow the links below:

PennLive: Giant crane will tower over the city as Harrisburg University’s 11-story, $100M addition goes up

CBS21: Harrisburg University expands programs with new $100M building in construction

Yahoo! news:  Crews begin assembling tower crane in Harrisburg

“Post image by Dan Gleiter via PennLive.”


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