News for Immediate Release
Aug. 22, 2014
Project Expected to be Complete by
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS)
Secretary Sheri Phillips today announced the award of a contract to demolish
the former Phillipsburg State Hospital campus in Centre County and return the
land to green space.
“By demolishing the structures on
the Phillipsburg State Hospital campus and returning the land to green space,
we intend to make the property more attractive and marketable to real estate
developers,” Phillips said. “We have been working across several state agencies
to determine the best way to protect the interests of the local community while
at the same time deciding how best to get this property back onto the local tax
rolls where it can contribute to the local economy.”
The nearly $2.5 million contract was awarded to Phase One Development,
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and is currently in the design and permitting
phase. Physical work on site is expected to begin in late fall 2014 and be
completed by spring 2015.
Secretary Phillips emphasized that her agency work closely with the
Pennsylvania departments of Public Welfare, Community and Economic Development,
Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission to
ensure that potential hazards are mitigated, to encourage the future
development of the site and to preserve its historical significance.
The demolition will also reduce the $250,000 being spent each year by
DPW to secure and maintain the campus.
The project, DGS 537-12 Phase I Former Philipsburg Area Hospital,
covers the demolition of all vertical structures at the former Philipsburg
State General Hospital, including hazardous material abatement, general
demolition and all site work.
Media contact: Troy Thompson,