Facility : Science, Math, and Engineering Center
Size : 83,000 SF Renovation;
33,000 SF New Construction
Location : Elizabethtown, PA
Elizabethtown College had two 1960s-era buildings that needed to be updated for 21st-Century science and engineering education. Serving as construction manager-at-risk, High Construction demolished a ramp that connected the two buildings, and constructed a new addition that unified the two buildings into one cohesive structure with new and improved spaces. In all, the project comprised 83,000-square-feet of renovation work and 33,000-square-feet of new construction for the addition. The academic calendar dictated that the existing facilities remain operational while school was in session, which resulted in multiple phases and required extraordinary coordination. The project was further complicated by the variations in floor levels between the addition and the existing structures: the addition had two floors that were at different heights than the exiting two floors in the one building and existing three floors in the other building. Another project challenge involved working around the numerous existing utilities, including several undocumented utilities, running through and around the new addition footprint. New facility highlights include a façade with two-story curtain walls; large skylight and atrium in center of building, with built-in aquarium and exhibit wall; sunken student lounge with eight (8) plasma televisions designed to display the College’s mineral collection; 23 specialty labs including 10 fume hoods and autoclave.