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Johnson Controls building $150m project off I-83

Written by Gary Haber, York Daily Record | Feb 13, 2016 5:00 AM
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Work continues on a three-story office building at the Johnson Controls complex in Hopewell Township on Wednesday. The 100,000 square foot office building will feature an open floor plan and coffee bars where employees can meet informally. The project also includes a 286,000 square foot facility to test large commercial air conditioning equipment. (Photo: Kate Penn, York Daily Record)

If you've driven on Interstate 83 lately, near the Shrewsbury exit, you may have noticed a large building rising to the east and wondered what's coming there.

It's an office building that Johnson Controls is building as part of its new Shrewsbury Development Center.

Here's an update on the $150 million project, one of the biggest construction projects in York County in recent years.

Location: About 57 acres at Stonebridge Business Park in Hopewell Township.

What's being built?: A three-story 100,000-square-foot office building for Johnson Controls' Building Efficiency division for employees in engineering, product management, design, and software development, among other departments.

The project also will include a 286,000-square-foot building for testing the large commercial air conditioning units Johnson Controls makes. The testing facility will have ceilings between 40 feet and 60 feet high to fit the equipment to be tested, which weighs as much as 10,000 pounds.

How many people will work there: 450 to 500

Occupancy: Workers are expected to move into the office building in early 2017, and to begin moving into the testing facility in 2017 in a process that will take about a year.

General contractors for the project: It's a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies, which is based in St. Louis; PJ Dick, of Pittsburgh, and Stewart & Tate of York County.

How many construction jobs will the project create?: Between 500 and 600

Why Hopewell Township?: The company wanted to stay within 25 miles of its existing location on South Richland Avenue in Spring Garden Township, said Laura Wand, the Johnson Controls vice president overseeing the project.

The site is close to the Shrewsbury exit of I-83, making it convenient for employees who live in York County or Baltimore County, Maryland. It's a skilled workforce, Johnson Controls "could not replicate or afford to lose," Wand said.

Johnson Controls' operations in York County have been growing. The company added 100 employees locally in 2015, Wand said.

Office building amenities: A large, on-site cafeteria that can be converted into space for company meetings. Several coffee bars will be scattered throughout the building where employees can meet informally while grabbing a coffee.

Will all the employees from Johnson Controls' Grantley campus on South Richland Avenue be moving to Hopewell Township?: More than 250 employees will remain at the Grantley campus, including those who work in the company's Navy Group, which does work for the U.S. Navy.

Cool feature: The hallmark Art Deco "York" sign at the Grantley campus will make the move to the Hopewell Township campus. The company is also planning a display that will highlight local Johnson Controls and York employees who have been awarded patents over the years.

Will Johnson Controls' impending merger with Tyco affect the timing or the scope of the project?: No, Wand says.


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