Alexander Building Construction Co. completes Lycoming College residence hall renovation

Posted On On: September 11, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

Harrisburg, PA, September 11, 2015 . . . Alexander Building Construction Co., a Butz Family Company, recently completed renovations to Wesley Residence Hall at Lycoming College.  Alexander provided full preconstruction and construction services on the project.

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Wesley Hall, originally built in 1956, was completely renovated in three months this summer.  The 27,730 sq. ft. renovation included the conversion of the existing double-room dormitory layout into suite-style living quarters with private bathrooms.  The newly renovated residence hall also accommodates Lycoming College’s Affinity Housing program.


“We knew the scope of work was extensive and would be a challenge to complete in the three month window, so we engaged Alexander early this year to develop a plan to accomplish our goal,” said Jeff Bennett, VP of Finance and Administration at Lycoming College. “Alexander’s plan allowed long-lead materials to be procured while final design continued so that materials were available when needed during construction.  This was critical to the success of the project.  The subcontractors that were selected were also key to the success of the project.  We really appreciated their commitment to the schedule.”


Additional features of the renovation include:

  • Community kitchens and lounges on each floor
  • New entrance pavilion with ADA accessible entrances
  • New elevator
  • Site improvements, including parking lot modifications and storm water revisions
  • New mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems
  • Structural modifications to accommodate new building layout
  • New partitions, drywall ceilings and new wall and floor finishes


“This project was a true team effort,” said Rick Seitz, President of Alexander Building Construction Co.  “It required innovative solutions to the challenges involved in designing then constructing a complete renovation that included new structural modifications to allow partition configuration changes, installing a new masonry elevator shaft in an existing building, and replacing the mechanical and electrical systems while installing a new fire protection system, all in a three month window during the summer break.  We thank Lycoming College for their confidence in Alexander, and we thank our design and subcontractor partners for their commitment to this project.”




ABOUT ALEXANDER BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CO. AND THE BUTZ FAMILY OF COMPANIES:  The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., provides exceptional, comprehensive construction management and design/build services, led by a strong commitment to complete customer satisfaction with special attention to safety, quality and value.  The firm possesses significant experience in the construction of healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, corporate office buildings, manufacturing facilities, sports and entertainment venues, government buildings, K-12 schools and retail buildings serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.


About Lycoming College: Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit