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Commercial / Industrial Projects

Campus Square

Owner: GreenWorks Development
Location: Harrisburg, Pa.

GreenWorks Development’s Campus Square Project is part of one of the most comprehensive urban renewal projects ever undertaken in Harrisburg, Pa. One of the greenest buildings in Central Pennsylvania, this 73,000-square-foot building serves as a benchmark for sustainable design and construction. Now nearing the final stages of occupancy, the building houses office space for the Green Center of Central Pennsylvania, a sustainable energy education and training facility, and hosts retail shops and restaurants on the first floor. The total project cost was approximately $14.8 million. Registered with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Campus Square Project is in the process of obtaining Leadership in Energyand Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for Core and Shell Development.

In addition to its green attributes, the Campus Square Project served as a cornerstone of Harrisburg’s revitalization efforts by transforming an urban Brownfield. The building was designed to blend in with the architecture of the surrounding historic neighborhood and resembles a former four‐story structure that was constructed on the site. GreenWorks Development designed this building in tandem with the new Midtown Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), the former Evangelical Press Building located directly across the street. The HACC Campus is expected to bring more than 3,000 students to this area daily and help revitalize this historic district.

Project Sustainable Strategies:

  • Drilled 46 wells throughout a two-month period to accommodate a geothermal system installed below the new building
  • Installed a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) solar power system on the upper roof
  • Used energy modeling software to evaluate the building envelope and the mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems to maximize energy efficiency
  • Reduced the potential heat-island effect by incorporating a white roof with PV solar panels and a smaller vegetative roof
  • Incorporated three different types of brick and stone in the building façade in order to comply with historic district design requirements
  • Initiated environmentally friendly building practices during construction
  • Reduced the owner’s operational (energy) costs by half through green initiatives and systems
  • Designed a geothermal system under the building in an urban setting
  • Incorporated design features for exemplary water use efficiency
  • Incorporated procedures for exemplary construction waste recycling
  • Purchased 75 percent of the building materials from suppliers located within a 500-mile radius
  • Utilized fly ash from the Harrisburg incinerator in every cubic yard of concrete and the foundation to reduce the amount of pollution and portland cement.