Contractors Named for College's Newest Construction Project

Published 09.26.2001


The contractors have been named for the first construction project to take place at Pennsylvania College of Technology's new main entrance off Maynard Street in Williamsport.

The general contractor for the $9.8 million Student and Administrative Services Center which will consolidate key student- and public-related services in one convenient campus location will be Lobar Inc. of Dillsburg.

Other firms submitting low bids and being awarded contracts were: Bognet Inc. of Hazleton, heating ventilation and air-conditioning; Cavanaugh Electrical Contracting of Wilkes-Barre, electrical; Johnson Controls Inc. of Camp Hill, facility management (HVAC controls); and R&J Ertel Inc. of Williamsport, plumbing.

The three-story, 78,800-square-foot structure was designed by Murray Associates Architects of Harrisburg. The exterior will feature a high-tech, cast-stone-and-glass appearance, differentiating it from other buildings on the main campus. Interior materials were selected to accent the high-tech facade.

Offices moving to the first floor of the new building are Admissions, Advisement, Financial Aid, the Registrar and Residence Life. Offices to be located on the second floor are College Information and Community Relations, Computer Services, Financial Operations, Human Resources, Instructional Technology/Distance Learning and Student Accounts. The third floor will be left open for expansion.

The initial job conference is to take place Monday, Oct. 1. The projected completion date for the building is Nov. 20, 2002, with all offices expected to be fully operational for the start of the Spring 2003 semester.

Upon completion of the Student and Administrative Services Center, the College will retrofit spaces in the Klump Academic Center and the Learning Resources Center to expand and enhance classroom space, faculty offices and the College Library.

The project is being financed with proceeds from a $39 million bond issue that also allowed for extensive renovations to Lions Court and Bardo Gymnasium, continuing improvements to College West Apartments and the paving and lighting of gravel parking lots. The bond issue also enabled the College to repay the $7.65 million purchase cost of College West and to restructure prior debt.