The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Harrisburg University sought to transform the former 3,900 square-foot Hallmark store at Strawberry Square into an active learning lab and technology suite. Their vision included an open floor plan and a variety of spaces designed to facilitate collaboration and research including small-group areas, study carrels, a flex space, and café.
Playing on our strengths as a full-service firm, this project included in-house MEP and Architectural design. Our team provided integrated design and construction services to bring the University’s vision to life. We coordinated and performed demolition of existing store displays, construction of angular partitions, floor refinishing, and installation of enhanced data and communication systems to support the new tech environment.
Field teams overcame several issues during construction including tight constraints of downtown operations, scheduling work around midday student ‘quiet hours’, and a publicly visible project site in the center of the atrium.
Additionally, the discovery of poor floor conditions forced the project team to shift to a resinous product with a unique titanium and pearl swirl design, turning a negative into a positive.
Finally, the team had to remediate water damage from leaky overhead food court pipes just one week before ribbon-cutting.
The Mowery team leveraged their strengths and were able to meet each challenge head-on to build a remarkable space. Interested in learning how the Mowery team can bring your education project to life? Contact us today.