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Harrisburg University - UPMC Health Sciences Tower

A hi-rise campus dedicated to health sciences, advanced manufacturing, digital media, and eSports

  • 260K

    Square Feet

  • 11


  • $125M

    Project Value

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In 2008, we helped create an acadedmic hi-rise to revive the Harrisburg area. Today, we’re proud to continue that mission.

Just a few years ago, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) enrolled about 900 students. Today, the total enrollment is over 6,000 students from 103 countries, filling up the university’s first tower.

After meeting with local stakeholders, HU heard serious concerns about healthcare professional shortages and the need to expand the university’s offerings in the areas of advanced manufacturing and digital media. Based on this feedback, they committed to the UPMC Health Sciences Tower: a second mixed-use tower on the urban campus.

The new $90 million, 11-story building focuses on health sciences, advanced manufacturing, and digital media. A key component of the tower is the classrooms and simulation labs that support the university’s various healthcare programs, including nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, exercise sciences, and other allied health programs. The simulation (SIM) labs allow students to practice in real-world surgery, pediatric, emergency, cardiac, and general hospital settings. The remaining suite supports a curriculum focused on the continuum of care. This model enabled the university to create a simulated hospital setting without compromising the flexibility and functionality of the learning environment.

Now complete, this second tower is a visible commitment to HU’s continued focus on transforming higher education while helping to revive Harrisburg and the surrounding region. 

Meet Our Team

Alex Wing, Principal, Education

Balancing analysis and design, I develop an optimal match between academic, research, and support facilities, and the client’s mission.

Adam O'Brien, Principal

As architects, we’re responsible for making the world better—the greatest reward is knowing your work directly benefits your neighbors.

Paul Pohlod, Principal

Architects and engineers continue to merge in relentless pursuit of excellence and with collaboration and passion achieve true integration.

Kristin Boudreau, Principal, Interior Design

We’re lucky because our team is so collaborative—we’re constantly growing and learning from one another.
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Kate Ryan, Principal, Interior Design

Design is constantly evolving and very competitive—the best projects come from smart design coupled with strong team collaboration.

James Gade, Senior Associate

For me, the key to success lies more in teamwork and collaboration than individual achievements.

Josh Hamon, Associate, Audio Visual Team Lead

Technology should improve the quality of our work and life.
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Alex Wing

Principal, Education

Adam O'Brien


Paul Pohlod


Kristin Boudreau

Principal, Interior Design

Kate Ryan

Principal, Interior Design

James Gade

Senior Associate

Josh Hamon

Associate, Audio Visual Team Lead

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