Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects was commissioned by Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) to design a new student commons area within the Governor George M. Leader Building at their York campus.


The project creates a space for students to congregate between classes. It will be an anchor for the building, with several seating areas and a Subway sandwich franchise. The 3,000 square foot student commons includes a high, countertop seating area made from recycled glass, banquette seating along a wall with reed product panel backing, new booth seating, and clusters of tables and chairs. The ceiling is a combination of inlaid tile and exposed ceiling. A hanging cork element floats over the high counter, while a zig-zagging bulkhead sits around the food service area.

The $700,000 improvement project began in August 2015 and will be completed this month.