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Work underway on Lancaster County facility for Penn State Health

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http://www.cpbj.com/article/20171030...n-state-health
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Donors pledge $1.6 million to 'Raise the Roof' at Central Market

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Central Market’s “Raise the Roof” campaign, which set a goal of $1.5 million when it launched last November, has netted $1.6 million in pledges from more than 700 donors, Valerie Moul told City Council on Tuesday.

The money will go toward replacing the downtown Lancaster market’s aging asphalt shingle roof with slate shingles, the material that was used when the facility was built in 1889.
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This was completed a few months ago now. David L. Soltz Hall, Bloomsburg University's newest residence hall, opened on August 21 to serve students for the Fall 2017 academic year. It was in the design phase when I was moving out of Pennsylvania in 2015, and seeing this thread made me wonder how it turned out. I'd say it turned out pretty well.
  • Design Architect: HKS, Inc. (Atlanta)
  • Associate Architect: Murray Associates (Harrisburg)
  • CM: Reynolds Solutions (Harrisburg)
  • General Contractor: Quandel Construction Group (Harrisburg)
According to BU's Office of Residence Life website,

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...David L. Soltz Hall is a 7-story, 163,000 square foot structure featuring 135 suites and housing 394 students in 11 single, 37 double, 39 triple & 48 quad configurations. The building's first floor, which is open to the public, features the University Store, and two nationally known restaurants, Chick-fil-A® and QDOBA Mexican Eats®. The second story is home to a collaborative learning space and a rooftop terrace where residents can enjoy the outdoors. The plaza between Soltz Hall and Luzerne Hall includes a gathering space featuring a fire pit as well as the entrance to University Mail Services and the Husky Mail Hub.
Construction costs were $47.6 million. Design, demolition, furnishings, construction management and other soft costs added up to $12 million. This multi-use, energy-efficient residence hall is the latest piece in BU's efforts to evolve its campus to provide more on-campus housing options. The University is one of the larger of 14 schools in PA's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). BU currently has about 10,000 students, about 40% of which live on campus.

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Some floor plans:

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Facility fills housing need at Bloomsburg University
By Joe Sylvester | The Daily Item
August 21, 2017

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Millersville University unveiled its new net-zero welcome center to members of the media. Millersville University is located four miles outside of Lancaster city and like Bloomsburg University is one of fourteen universities that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Millersville University offers sneak peek into new $7M welcome center

By Jennifer Wentz

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Millersville University's new welcome center provides visitors with 13,600 square feet of contradictions.

The university broke ground on the center in March, with hopes of creating a new home for its admissions, sustainability, housing and other administrative departments. Officials want the facility to have net-zero energy, meaning it produces at least as much energy as it consumes.

The best way to conserve energy in a building is to have essentially no windows and limit the use of air conditioning and heating, project architect Shannon Kaplan explained Thursday during a tour of the facility. But a dark cube full of people shivering in the winter and sweating in the summer would do little to create an environment that entices new students to attend the school.

The Lombardo Welcome Center's design is a compromise, said Kaplan, of New York-based engineering firm AKF Group. It balances environmentally friendly features like solar panels, geothermal heating, recyclable furniture and water-conserving rain gardens with welcoming floor-to-ceiling windows and accommodations that make working and visiting the building a pleasant experience.

Crews expect to finish construction on the building in January, said Chris Steuer, Millersville University's sustainability officer. When they do, Steuer hopes to see the building become not just a hub for Millersville's 10,000 annual visitors, but also a place where local school groups and professionals come to learn about sustainable building practices.

Panels throughout the building will provide education about steps builders and consumers can take to conserve energy. The center will also have a small array of solar panels on display outside, providing a visual representation of the largely out-of-sight roof panels that will supply much of the Lombardo Welcome Center's energy.

The building cost about $7 million to construct - a pricetag Steuer says will pay for itself in saved energy costs over the next 30 years. Construction was partially funded by donations from Benecon Group CEO Samuel Lombardo and his wife, Dena.
http://www.cpbj.com/article/20171113...welcome-center
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An article from earlier this month about Allentown's massive Five City Center project, which includes plans to construct a 20-24 story office tower and a 15 story luxury apartment tower.

ANIZDA board OKs revamped Five City Center project designs
The campus features a 20- to 24-story office tower

By: Louis Gombocz

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After two years of changes using four architects to formulate a distinctive and cohesive plan for downtown Allentown, City Center Investment Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its redevelopment proposal for the entire block southwest of monument square bordered by Seventh, Eighth, Hamilton and Walnut Streets.

The Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority board unanimously approved the $250 million revamp of the entire block which currently contains the former Merchants Bank building and more recently a Lehigh County Community College satellite campus bordered on the south by parking lots.

City Center President and CEO J.B. Reilly and Jane Heft, the firm's design vice president offered the presentation on the renamed "Five City Center Innovation Complex." The campus includes a 20- to 24-story 300,000- to 400,000-square-foot office tower at the corner of Eighth and Hamilton streets complete with a two-story educational conference center and ground floor retail space.

Across Hall Street on the block's southeast corner bordered by Seventh and Walnut streets will be a development-sized events center holding a maximum of 1,400 people with no fixed seating and 150 parking spaces underneath. Next door on the Seventh Street side, City Center plans a 15-story luxury apartment tower consisting of 135 larger-sized apartments to be marketed to empty-nesters.

Heft said demolitions of buildings currently located at the corner of Eighth and Hamilton streets will begin immediately and project completion is expected to be in 2020.

http://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-vall...igns/650866053
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^ Wow that's a big deal. It also sounds like there's a separate 6-story apartment building in the mix that will wrap a parking deck.

That Merchants Bank Building looks good though, and historic. In fact, several of the structures along Hamilton. Are they all to be demolished? And 4 Architects in 2 years? What happened there?
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The CSVT project (Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway) is moving along and the first steel girders for the bridge span will be arriving in February. That installation will be quite a site to see. It's interesting to read that all of the steel girders are being manufactured locally (Williamsport & Lancaster). For those who have not been aware of this project, the completed bridge will be 4,545 feet long and will be 180 feet above the Susquehanna River.

Nothing this large has ever been undertaken in this rural area of the state.

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First steel girders expected to be erected in February on nearly mile-long thruway bridge
John Beague | PennLive
January 12, 2018

WINFIELD -- The first steel girders for the nearly mile-long bridge near Lewisburg that will carry Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River are expected to be erected in February. Three of the seven piers on the Winfield side of the bridge have been completed, Jeremiah Gonzalo, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project engineer, said Friday...
Construction progress, 1/12/18:

Image Source: Robert Inglis / The Daily Item

A 2015 rendering of the completed bridge:

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Easton, PA - the 'Science City' plans are evolving, again -

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Christina Tatu | The Morning Call
January 16, 2018

The Da Vinci Science Center has abandoned a key piece of its $130 million Science City in Easton, swapping an aquarium for a nature dome with river otters, native plants and a whitewater rafting simulator. The decision follows discussions with stakeholders who wanted to see a facility that focuses on the Lehigh Valley’s ecosystem and industries, Da Vinci Executive Director Lin Erickson said...






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Group to redevelop former silk mill
Revitalized building to include restaurant, office space, about 10 residential units

William Kibler | Altoona Mirror
January 23, 2018

A local partnership is planning a $13 million redevelopment of the old silk mill next to the former Bon Secours property, after state officials Tuesday approved a $4 million grant and a $6 million low-interest loan for the project.

Silk Mills Properties Inc., headed by architect John Radionoff and three executives of the Leonard S. Fiore construction company, will demolish 80,000 square feet of the old factory, then turn the remaining 91,000 square feet into commercial and office space, a restaurant, a cafe and about 10 residential units, according to a news release from Altoona Blair County Development Corp. The project, slated to create 150 jobs, would seem to complement the ongoing redevelopment of the Bon Secours property, which Jeff Long is turning into one of his Graystone senior living centers...


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Some news on Fulton Financial Corporation's expansion of their headquarters in downtown Lancaster. Still no word on a date for groundbreaking.

Warfel Construction selected for Fulton's $21M HQ expansion

By Jason Scott


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Warfel Construction Co. has been selected as the contractor for Fulton Financial Corp.'s $21 million headquarters expansion in downtown Lancaster, according to the city-based bank holding company

Fulton is building a three-story, 60,000-square-foot office building, across the street from its headquarters on Penn Square. The project will include 400 additional workspaces for the company, as well as downstairs retail space for a Subway restaurant.

Fulton spokeswoman Stacey Karshin said timelines are still being worked out on the demolition and ground-breaking for the new office building. However, the construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year, she said.
http://www.cpbj.com/article/20180202...m-hq-expansion
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Some news on Fulton Financial Corporation's expansion of their headquarters in downtown Lancaster. Still no word on a date for groundbreaking.
I'm glad that they are expanding downtown, as opposed to further outside of the core. Having the existing HQ right next door helped that cause. That is an ambitious timeline though, to demo and construct the new 3-story building in less than 11 months now.

I think the newer design, as driven by the Historical Commission's comments, was an improvement over the earlier design, but what was wrong with the existing building that they are demolishing - why couldn't it have been remodeled and expanded? It has its own architectural merits...

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Images Source: Lancaster Online

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I'm glad that they are expanding downtown, as opposed to further outside of the core. Having the existing HQ right next door helped that cause. That is an ambitious timeline though, to demo and construct the new 3-story building in less than 11 months now.

I think the newer design, as driven by the Historical Commission's comments, was an improvement over the earlier design, but what was wrong with the existing building that they are demolishing - why couldn't it have been remodeled and expanded? It has its own architectural merits...

The existing building to be demo'd:


The redesign renderings:




Rear View:

Images Source: Lancaster Online

I would expect the timeline to be pushed back since groundbreaking was estimated to take place late in the fourth quarter of 2017. Now, I would not be surprised to see a revised completion date early in the first quarter of 2019.

I am still not a fan of the facade panels, but with the addition of 400 more workers over the next ten years to downtown Lancaster, this building will continue to add to the vibrancy around the square.
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^ Woops, I just realized that I mis-captioned the first rendering, above. That is actually the earlier design. The second rendering down is the redesign. I don't know if the rendering from the back is still current or not, probably not though; it looks like it reflects the aesthetics of the earlier design. Captions corrected now.

Here's another view of the redesign that I meant to tie to that caption originally (from that website article). Note the enhanced cornice that folds down the side of the building and back along the front to create a datum above the first floor storefront windows -
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In a few years, the Fulton Theatre could be an arts complex occupying a full city block

BY TIM STUHLDREHER

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The Fulton has been talking about expanding for years. It’s also been laying the groundwork, by buying the other buildings on its block.

This month, it acquired the final missing piece, the building at 4-6 N. Prince St., home to a Rita's Italian Ice. The Fulton paid $691,425 for it, according to a deed filed with the county.

The Fulton also owns 101 W. King St., at the corner of King and Prince, and the other four West King properties on that block.

Their facades are to be restored and preserved, architect Wendy Tippetts of the firm Tippetts/Weaver told the city Historical Commission this week. Inside, they would be transformed.

The backs of the buildings would be tied into the Fulton. One section would be used to create a “stage right” area, relieving the Fulton’s acute shortage of backstage space.

The apartments for performers would go on the buildings’ upper floors.

There’s no plan yet for what would go in West King Street storefronts at ground level, and they may remain unoccupied at first. Eventual possibilities being considered include classroom space, retail, or a mix, Tippetts said.

There are several components in play that would expand the Fulton’s lobby space to better accommodate large crowds. Similarly, the number of restrooms for both genders will be significantly increased.
http://lancasteronline.com/insider/i...5d8f822e5.html

It's good to see the continued investment from both the performing and visual arts community in Lancaster. The buildings along West King definitely could use some groundfloor retail to enliven that stretch. It would also better connect businesses west of Water with the commerical corridor between Prince and the Square.
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Pretty big project coming to Evangelical Community Hospital, in Lewisburg (Kelly Township), PA, right near where I used to live -

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April 2, 2018

LEWISBURG -- On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Evangelical Community Hospital announced its intention to take on a $72 million construction project, the largest in the history of the Hospital. The PRIME (Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement) building project includes an 112,000-square-foot, 4-story new addition and includes the renovation of 20,000 square feet of existing space. The result will be single patient rooms, each with their own private bath, as well as expanded space for outpatient services. The expansion will not change the number of beds available, but it will greatly impact the way care is delivered...It has been in the design phase since late 2017, is scheduled for groundbreaking in the summer of 2018, and is anticipated to take nearly three years to complete...

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The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) bridge is really starting to take shape now. The Daily Item had an update on this massive project this week.

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Marcia Moore | The Daily Item
April 11, 2018

Construction of the $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project continues as a fourth contract is set to be bid on this fall. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation outlined the progress being made in the construction of the new 13-mile, four-lane highway connecting Route 147 in Northumberland County near Montandon to Route 15 in Union County near Winfield and Routes 11-15 in Snyder County near Selinsgrove. The work began in 2015 and is slated to be completed in 2024. Construction of the "superstructure" bridge over the Susquehanna River at Winfield is expected to be finished in less than two years...





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Anyone ever been to Orwigsburg? I haven't, but it looks like they will be getting a nice new hospital, and one that sets a bit of a new precedent in the state for a joint venture between two separate hospital businesses.

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Geisinger, St. Luke’s Team Up to Build New Schuylkill County Hospital
Andy Palumbo and Jessica Albert | New Channel 16 WNEP
March 27, 2018

WEST BRUNSWICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Two health care providers are teaming up for a project in Schuylkill County. Geisinger and St. Luke's University Health Network plan to partner to build an 80-bed hospital along Paramount Boulevard in West Brunswick Township, off Route 61, near Orwigsburg...According to Geisinger and St. Luke's officials, this is the first time in Pennsylvania that two health care systems have agreed to build and equally co-own a new hospital...The new hospital will be 120,000 square feet, have three stories, 80 beds, and an emergency room. The groundbreaking will be this spring and the hospital is expected to be finished late next year...

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Never even heard of Orwigsburg before. I have visited nearby (9 miles) Pottsville a couple of times. Sounds like a nice facility, but I was wondering about the need for another hospital in Schuylkill County (Pop ~ 145,000). I checked out the site for the hospital in Pottsville, and the place gets mostly bad reviews. Maybe the competition will help it improve.
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Never even heard of Orwigsburg before. I have visited nearby (9 miles) Pottsville a couple of times. Sounds like a nice facility, but I was wondering about the need for another hospital in Schuylkill County (Pop ~ 145,000). I checked out the site for the hospital in Pottsville, and the place gets mostly bad reviews. Maybe the competition will help it improve.
Ah, Pottsville PA - proud home of Yuengling, which I miss terribly in Michigan, despite all of the great beer options available here.

A person quoted in the article said that she would go all the way to Reading if needing emergency medical care. 40 miles away and the next county over from Orwigsburg. So maybe the Pottsville hospital does have a bad reputation, or is maxed out, or just has limited services. Or all of the above?
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