WCI Partners will start construction of its planned five-story office building at North Second and State streets in Harrisburg the first week of April, and a downtown law firm is going to anchor the facility.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney will occupy the top three floors of the 50,000-square-foot building, which is expected to be completed by July 2012, WCI said. There will be office space on the second floor and a café with outdoor seating on the first floor, the Harrisburg-based developer said. WCI would not disclose the construction cost.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has law and government relations offices in the M&T Bank Building at 1 South Market Square, and the Market Square Plaza building at 17 N. Second St.
WCI’s planned building has been given a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation by the U.S. Green Building Council because it will include a geothermal heat system and other green features, the developer said. Lancaster County’s Warfel Construction Co. is the construction manager for the project.
The building is going up on the site where WCI had planned to build a 13-story hotel. The downturn in the economy helped kill the construction of the 160-foot tower, which critics said would have clashed with the neighboring historical buildings, and the state Capitol that sits behind the site.