Chemical Engineering Building Construction Begins

Pitt-Johnstown

posted February 13, 2018


A rendering of the Chemical Engineering Building was displayed at its future site on the Pitt-Johnstown campus during the October 2017 groundbreaking event. Kayla Carr photo

Construction on Pitt-Johnstown’s Chemical Engineering Building began this week and is expected to be completed by December 2018, in time for occupancy in spring 2019. 

Pitt-Johnstown added Chemical Engineering to its preeminent degree program in 2015.  The new program will further strengthen the University’s ties with the greater Johnstown community, serve as a key driver in attracting and developing talent, and will contribute to Pitt’s strength as a partner in regional economic development. 

“The new Chemical Engineering program and building demonstrate our responsiveness to the highly competitive workforce needs of the community, the greater Johnstown region, and indeed western Pennsylvania,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar. “The program will not only enhance our graduates’ chances in a highly competitive job market, where well-paying jobs are in high demand and supported, but we believe that our program could help put western Pennsylvania at the forefront of the push for American energy independence.  And that is exciting!”

The new building will connect to the east side of the Engineering and Science Building and will house two teaching spaces/classrooms, a chemical engineering lab, faculty offices, and student study areas for the chemical engineering program. 

The $5 million project is supported in part by a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in September 2016.

The building was designed by Bostwick Design Partnership and will be constructed by Massaro Corporation, with engineering by H.F. Lenz as well as other opportunities for local sub-contractors.

President Spectar expressed appreciation for the very strong support we received for this project, noting that their collaboration and input made a great difference. “I am profoundly grateful for the very strong support we received for this project from our Board of Advisors, University of Pittsburgh leadership, as well as our local elected officials and municipal government leaders including former Senator John Wozniak, Representative Bryan Barbin, Senator Wayne Langerholc, President Commissioner Tom Chernisky and his colleagues and Richland Township officials.”

“We look forward to the grand opening in 2019!”


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.