Renderings of the New Harrisburg University tower to be located at the corner of Chestnut and South Third streets. Ground breaking to start by late July and open it by summer 2021 The project will now include 17 floors and cost the university about $100 million. 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.

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.  No tax-exempt bonds will pay for the hotel or the restaurant inside the tower. The University and the hotelier would share space on 10 of the floors. The remaining seven floors would be used entirely by Harrisburg University.

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.