University’s Rehab Center Takes Shape

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SCRANTON -- People in downtown Scranton are looking up, literally.

Construction crews are in the midst of the University of Scranton's tallest undertaking to date. It's also stretching the campus limits.

"It's very visible for the 'townies', you know? You go around on Courthouse Square, and everything was tucked away up here, but now you have this massive building that everyone can see from down there. I like it," said student Zach Shapiro.

The building under construction on Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue is the future home of the university's occupational and physical therapy programs, the Rehabilitation Education Center. It's gone up eight stories since the university broke ground earlier this year.

"This is going to be one of the nicest buildings, a signature building, not only for the university, but for the city of Scranton. It's right in the gateway to the city, so it will be a very impressive structure for the city of Scranton once it's completed," said Jim Devers of The University of Scranton.

The new building is going to make a big impression on the University of Scranton campus. It's the tallest building at the university. It's already making a big impression on downtown since it's so close to Courthouse Square.

The work draws a lot of viewers from downtown who can't help but watch the giant crane all those stories up. It lifted loads of concrete dozens of times in the span of an hour.

"It's amazing how quickly it's going up. Don't blink your eyes," said Scott Costanzo of Scranton.

University of Scranton students like Zach Shapiro like to take it all in, too.

"You have everybody here working together. You have welders working one day and then you have the electricians working the other day, and just everything's coming together," Shapiro said.

The University of Scranton plans to open the new rehab center in July.

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