North Hall is located at the 12-acre Public Safety Training Center at the north end of the main campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. The 42,000 square foot building houses teaching, administrative and storage functions for the Public Safety Institute as well as facilities for the College’s programs in technology.
The Public Safety Institute, charged with directing the programs which utilize the Public Safety Training Center, is provided with administrative offices, classrooms and service areas to further that work. Significant elements of those spaces include specially-equipped classrooms for police, fire and EMS training; a three-bay emergency vehicle garage with tiered seating for ancillary classroom-demonstration use; dedicated rooms for the secure storage and servicing of breakout gear, portable breathing apparatus and other equipment; and locker and shower rooms.
The automotive technology wing houses eight vehicle-service bays, two classrooms with their own service bays, tool room/parts storage, two product service rooms, and shower and toilet facilities. Programs offered here include an associate degree in automotive technology, GM automotive service educational programs, and GM new product training programs.
The foundations for this building are typical spread footers placed on inferior material dating from when the site was the city dump. This type of construction was made possible by the compression of the inferior material using a process known as dynamic deep compaction.
The superstructure is a steel frame with supported floors of concrete on metal deck. The exterior is brick to match the other buildings on the campus. The upper story is faced with synthetic stucco and has a pitched roof covered with standing seam metal panels.