Greensburg campus awarded $500,000 for new Life Sciences building

Pitt–Greensburg has been awarded $500,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, which it will use toward the construction of a new Life Sciences building on its Hempfield Township campus.

Robert Gregerson, president of Pitt-Greensburg, said in a news release that the funding “will help us to move forward with our plans to construct a new state-of-the-art building with laboratory and instructional spaces for faculty and students in our nursing and natural science programs. … Our goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for our students, enabling them to graduate and fill the growing vacancies among regional and state healthcare providers and other high priority STEM occupations.”

Plans currently call for construction of the new Life Sciences building to begin Sept. 30 and be completed by November 2022. The facility would then be open for classes in the spring of 2023. Improvements and expansion of the existing science facility (originally built in 1976) also are being considered.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a reimbursement grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Office of Budget. It provides financial assistance for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.