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Life Sciences Building Construction & Smith Hall Renovations

Architectural rendering of Life Sciences building at Pitt-Greensburg

WATCH real-time construction on the life sciences building!

WATCH footage of our groundbreaking ceremony for the new life sciences building, which took place Friday, August 20!

The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new $19.2 million, 32,000-square-foot life sciences building at the Greensburg campus.

Designed by Pittsburgh-based MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni, the new building will include:

• a clinical lab • telemedicine space
• simulation suites • computer lab
• chemistry and biology labs and support spaces

In its location adjacent to Smith Hall, the new facility will also provide a new corridor connection to Smith Hall, creating a unified Life Sciences Complex.

Ground will be broken in August 2021 with a planned completion date of November 2022. The facility would then be open for classes in the spring of 2023.

President Robert Gregerson, PhD"This project demonstrates Pitt-Greensburg’s commitment to excellence in academics. Our goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for our students, enabling them to graduate and fill the growing vacancies among regional and state healthcare providers and other high priority STEM occupations."

– Robert Gregerson, PhD, President of Pitt-Greensburg

Why A New Life Sciences Building?

Three nurses working with patientWho will take care of you in the next ten years?

Today, there are more Americans over the age of 65 than at any other time in U.S. history. Between 2010 and 2030, the population of senior citizens will increase by 75 percent; one in five Americans will be a senior citizen. ("The US is running out of nurses," The Atlantic, February 3, 2016)

More than 290,000 Baby Boomers in Pittsburgh's tri-state region are eligible to retire in the next decade. This will result in a significant shortage of skilled employees across sectors including:

  • • IT
  • • business and finance
  • • healthcare and life sciences
  • • energy
  • • advanced manufacturing

In this timeframe, economic growth is expected to create 50,000 new positions, adding up to nearly 340,000 open jobs.

Current nursing standards recommend the following nurse-to-patient ratios:

Intensive Care Unit:
1 nurse for every 2 patients
Telemetry/Progressive Care Unit:
1 nurse for every 4 to 5 patients
Medical/Surgical Unit:
1 nurse for every 5 to 6 patients

The ratio of patients to nurses will drastically increase over the next decade if the predicted shortage of nurses becomes a reality.

The Future of Healthcare Education at Pitt-Greensburg

Student and professor in chemistry labNearly 50% of current Pitt-Greensburg students major in the Natural Sciences, continuing a 10-year trend of rising interest in the sciences.

State-of-the-art facilities are needed if students and faculty are to perform at the highest level.

As Pitt-Greensburg builds its healthcare and health sciences programs, more students can choose to enroll and graduate, creating a supply of trained, qualified workers to help combat the looming shortage of healthcare workers.

The region’s aging population will be cared for by highly qualified individuals.

Additionally, the construction of this new facility will aid in the expansion of community partnerships and is projected to add $3 million in economic output to the regional economy, with the construction phase expected to generate an estimated 125 construction jobs.

Support the Project Now!

CLICK HERE to make an online gift to the Life Sciences Building Construction & Smith Hall Renovation project!

If you have questions about the project or your gift, or would like to give another way, please contact us by phone at 724-836-9942 or by e-mail.

Five nurses walking on campus