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The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has begun construction on a new facility in Lancaster County.

The career and technical education college will occupy a new nearly 86,000-square-foot facility at the Greenfield business campus in East Lampeter Township. Construction on the new facility began last month and the building will serve as its new diesel technology school and will sit on eight acres.

Automotive technology and collision repair technology classes are currently taught at the college’s main campus at 750 E. King St. in Lancaster. The space that will be vacated by relocating those two departments from the main campus will be used to expand the class size for cabinetmaking and wood technology classes. The Diesel technology curriculum is new for the campus.

Thaddeus Stevens entered into the lease agreement in January with High Real Estate Group to lease space at Greenfield. The College plans to lease an 85,894 square-foot-building that will be built on the newly constructed Ben Franklin Boulevard, off Greenfield Road.

The building is expected to be completed next June. The school expects 150 to 200 students to enroll at the school, which will open next fall.

Thaddeus Stevens College already leases 50,000-square-feet of space at Greenfield at 1812 Colonial Village Lane for its welding technology, masonry construction technology and computer software engineering technology programs.  

The college is owned by the state and has more than 1,300 students among 18 buildings.

Greenfield is owned by High Real Estate and this week it announced that Armstrong Flooring is moving its headquarters to the Greenfield business campus. In addition to industrial facilities and businesses, Greenfield also include schools, hotels and residential living. Greenfield previously known as Greenfield Corporate Center has 225 businesses with approximately 4,000 employees; 2,000 students from five colleges; 1,950 residents in its residential communities and 200 hotel guests daily at its hotels.

And since so many people use Greenfield besides just corporate employees, Greenfield has dropped the corporate center from its name and the 55-year-old campus will now be simply known as Greenfield. Greenfield has also announced plans to offer additional activities to appeal to Greenfield’s tenants. High recently hired a marketing and event specialist, to coordinate and oversee the activities including networking events, educational programs, cooking classes, yoga, blood drives and walking and bicycle competitions. High is also expanding its biking and walking trails.

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