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Harrisburg University tops off new academic building with beam signing

Harrisburg University founding board member David Schankweiler signs a final beam for the school’s Education Center.

A major building project in Harrisburg is one big step closer to completion.

Harrisburg University officials celebrated a milestone in the construction of the university’s new education center. On Thursday, they joined with donors to sign the final two steel beams of the structure.

The 11-story building is being built at S. 3rd and Chestnut streets in downtown Harrisburg. It will house the school’s health sciences, advanced manufacturing and interactive media programs.

“We are thrilled about what will come with regard to the programs and their contribution to not only the healthcare systems, but really to the citizens in this part of the world,” said HU President Eric Darr.

The final two beams were signed by HU staff, students, board members and donors to top off the 210,000-square-foot building. The beams will be placed onto the building on Friday, according to HU.

The $100 million project broke ground in July 2019 and is expected to be completed by 2023. In January, HU sold $100 million in revenue bonds to finance the construction.

The building will house health science laboratories, 3D printing facilities, advanced manufacturing equipment, a 150-seat interactive auditorium, a virtual reality creation space and other classrooms.

“Much like HU’s history, this building and its programs once again represents what HU is best at—momentum,” said HU founding Board of Trustees Chairman David Schankweiler. “That’s only fair because HU has never been the stone that gathers moss. We are rolling.”

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