Seton Hill's health sciences center awaits final OK
By Renatta Signorini
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Greensburg's planning commission will recommend that city council approve site and land development plans for Seton Hill University's proposed health sciences building.
Commission members gave a preliminary OK to the proposals on Monday, placing the plans before council for a final vote in October.
“That building's going to enhance the pedestrian movement down to the other part of campus, too,” said city Planning Director Barbara Ciampini.
The Health Sciences Center is part of the university's long-term expansion plans and will add 60,000 square feet of learning space. It is proposed to connect with existing science building Lynch Hall on the main campus.
Costs are estimated at $21.5 million for the center and renovations to Lynch Hall. Donations and grants have helped the project to get off the ground.
The center will be four stories high and link to Lynch Hall on two levels, Bob Russ of Pittsburgh architecture firm MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni told planning commission members on Monday. The building's appearance will match the existing science hall and feature a cylindrical glass atrium, he said.
University officials say they hope the see-through entrance will bring those on campus inside to “make that building a little more lively,” Russ said.
Inside the building will be examination rooms, classrooms, laboratories and office space for students in a variety of majors, including the physician assistant program and pre-medicine students who earn degrees from the university and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tennis courts behind Lynch Hall will be removed, Russ said.
According to a news release from the university, 30 percent of freshmen are enrolled in health sciences programs.
“We need to provide facilities of the highest quality for laboratory and certification courses for those students preparing for careers in the health care industry, the sciences, research and graduate school,” said university Interim President Bibiana Boerio.
The work is expected to be completed in late 2015.
In May, city council approved site and land development plans for the university's proposed $11 million dance and visual arts center at West Otterman Street and College Avenue, downtown. The 46,000-square-foot building, housing art and dance studios, is expected to be completed next fall. That center is being funded by donations, taxpayer money and a loan.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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