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HUST breaks ground on second academic tower in Pennsylvania

07 Aug 2019 (Last Updated August 7th, 2019 12:20)

Pennsylvania's Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HUST) has broken ground on its second academic building at its campus in the US.

Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HUST) has broken ground on its second academic building at its campus in the US.

Marking the second building to be designed by Stantec for the university, the $125m tower will feature simulation labs and science classrooms.

This 17-storey building will assist the university’s nursing, pharmaceutical sciences and other related programmes.

It will also have specialised laboratories designed for manufacturing and design studies and classrooms with team tables and separate plasma screens. Classrooms will be located adjacent to a learning commons to enable studio-type science classes.

It will feature a private 197-room hotel restaurant, which will be connected to the university through a shared atrium space.

The tower will be ready for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Stantec principal Alex Wing said: “As the university expands its downtown Harrisburg footprint with this second academic tower, Stantec’s work for HUST represents the latest in a growing trend for health sciences education.

“Statistics from the Bureau for Labor indicate healthcare occupation employment is projected to grow 18% through 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Because of this greater demand for healthcare services, academic institutions will find value in establishing flexible facilities able to adapt to changing needs.”

The first building consists of classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, library parking and storage. It also features a 125-seat auditorium.

HUST has 700 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate-level students.

Stantec has worked on projects such as Lebanon Valley College Health Professions Pavilion; British Columbia Institute of Technology Health Sciences Building; Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Engineering & Life Sciences Research Building, etc.