Architectural rendering of HU’s Health Science Education Center

Our new 17-story building at 3rd and Chestnut in Harrisburg will contain 275,000 square feet of academic space. The educational space in the tower is slated to accommodate at least 1,000 new students and a health science education center that would serve degree programs in nursing, pharmaceutical sciences and other allied health programs. The new tower will have classrooms and training space for advanced manufacturing and interactive media programs, too.

The University spent $100 million on this project.  Additionally, another $30 million to $35 million will be spent by a hospitality partner that will add a 197-room hotel and conference center with a restaurant inside the tower. The hotel partner has not been named.  The University and the hotelier would share space on 10 of the floors. The remaining seven floors would be used entirely by Harrisburg University.

No tax-exempt bonds will pay for the hotel or the restaurant inside the tower.  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 preconstruction plans for the building.

• Located at South Third and Chestnut Streets, the Harrisburg University Health Science Education Center will rise 17 stories/265 feet and comprise 386,208 square feet. 

HU and local officials held a ground-breaking ceremony for HU’s Health Science Education Center Friday, July 26, 2019

• The building will include 275,000 square feet of academic space. 

• The building will accommodate at least 1,000 new students. It will include a 150-seat tiered auditorium and 17th-floor multipurpose room. 

• The center will include outdoor accessible roof terraces on the 10th and 17th floors. 

• Harrisburg University will spend $100 million on the project. 

• Harrisburg-based hotel operator, HHM, will own and operate a 197-room boutique hotel in the building, which will cost the company $30-35 million to build. The hotel will front Chestnut Street. 

• The Health Science Education Center will be among the top five tallest buildings in Harrisburg. 333 Market Street is the tallest at 341 feet. Pennsylvania Place is
291 feet tall, the state Capitol building rises 272 feet, the Health Science Education Center will stand 265 feet, and Presbyterian Apartments rises 260 feet.