TITUSVILLE — Transformation of the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville will begin this spring with renovations to its Broadhurst Science Center.

The estimated $3 million renovation is the opening phase of a plan to upgrade Pitt-Titusville facilities into an education and training hub. Perry Construction of Erie is the general contractor for the renovation project, which will start in April.

In 2018, the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved a plan to make the Titusville facility a shared campus and training center.

Under the campus hub model, Titusville is to become a multi-institution education and training hub to serve a six-county region in northwestern Pennsylvania with a range of education and workforce training program.

Pitt-Titusville will continue to offer education for traditional college-age students plus programs for nontraditional students that may include online, evening, intensive and executive learning options. Training center and community college partners will offer specialized programs with active input from regional employers to meet the area's education and training needs.

Broadhurst Science Center will house health sciences programs, including the associate degree in nursing and the medical assistant certificate program that will be offered by Manchester Bidwell Corp. once building renovations are complete in August.

Major renovations are being done to create a state-of-the-art nursing facility, according to Pitt-Titusville spokesman Wes Eastin. It will have an upgrade of science laboratories for the health sciences, new and enlarged computer laboratories, and a new space for the medical assisting program. There also will be air-conditioning and heating improvements with some roof upgrades.

“We are excited and eager to proceed with this project,” said Dr. Catherine Koverola, Pitt-Titusville’s president, “which will provide some of the unique spaces needed for existing and future programs that will help meet the educational needs of our neighbors and the workforce needs of our regional employers.”

Last year, Pitt-Titusville was poised to begin renovating the Broadhurst Science Center. However, the project was paused, as were many other construction projects throughout the University of Pittsburgh, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Considering the great significance of the hub to the viability of the campus and the region, we now have the green light to proceed with this important project,” Koverola said. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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