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Pitt-Johnstown Receives Beautification Award

Pitt-Johnstown Receives Beautification Award

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Beautification Award

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar accepted the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce's Beautification Award from Bobbi Ream, chair of the Chamber’s Community Image and Marketing Committee. The award recognizes Pitt-Johnstown for adding to the aesthetics of the community through the construction of the $11.8 million, 26,000 square-foot Nursing and Health Sciences Building, the first new academic building constructed on campus since Blackington Hall in 1995.

During the past several years, Pitt-Johnstown has invested $50 million in facility construction and upgrades having a significant economic impact on the region and resulting in the construction or substantial renovation of more than one-third of the campus. The award was presented at the January 21 meeting of the Chamber’s board of directors.  In addition to thanking the Chamber board of directors for the award, President Spectar expressed gratitude to the community leaders who helped in the school’s appeal to the Commonwealth to provide $4 million for the project.

Pitt-Johnstown's Nursing and Health Sciences Building opened on September 27, 2013 and features 11 laboratories for chemistry and biology, one nursing simulation laboratory, six faculty offices, and two seminar/classrooms spread over two floors. The completion of the Center brought the total number of buildings on the 655-acre campus to 38.  Ground was broken for the project on August 27, 2012.  Additional information on the Nursing and Health Sciences Building is available at: www.pitt-johnstown.pitt.edu/NHSBuilding.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 1/21/2014 2:30:00 PM