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Pa. University Breaks Ground on New STEM Building

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford), located in Bradford, Pa., recently broke ground on a new, 39,000-square-foot STEM building. According to a news release, the Engineering & Information Technologies Center will be the campus’ first new academic building in 20 years. The project comes with an estimated cost of $17.69 million, and construction is projected to be complete in late 2022.

“This is a really exciting development for Pitt-Bradford,” said Rick Esch, the campus’ interim president. “It is the first academic building that the campus has built in two decades, and it’s going to provide a state-of-the-art home for our computer information systems and technology program, energy science and technology students, and two new engineering technology programs.”

The facility will play home to the university’s Mechanical Engineering Technology, Energy Engineering Technology, Energy Science & Technology, and Computer Information Systems & Technology programs. Amenities include academic support space as well as engineering labs and shops, computer labs, the campus data center, large group classrooms, and administrative offices for faculty & staff. It will also give students access to technology like rapid prototyping machines, oscilloscopes and engineering lab stations with the goal of providing opportunities for hands-on learning.

The facility was designed by national architecture and engineering firm HED, who partnered with LGA Partners as the architect of record, interior designer and construction administrator. Rycon Construction Inc. served as the general contractor.

“Collaborative teamwork can transcend limitations,” said HED principal Chris Vogelheim, AIA. “The close collaboration between the owner and the design team enabled the creation of a building that will transform the campus. This is a signature building with a big mission to positively impact the region’s economic development through creating an inspirational place for engineering on this campus.”

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