King’s College Moves Forward with Ramada Project

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King’s College Moves Forward with Ramada Project

King's reveals plans for Ramada renovation. Photo Credit:

King’s reveals plans for Ramada renovation. Photo Credit:

Construction is underway at the former site of the Ramada hotel in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The site, at 20 Public Square will soon be the home of the King’s College physician assistant, exercise science, and athletic training programs. It will also provide additional housing for King’s students. College officials say the project should be complete in time for the Fall 2014 semester.

King’s purchased the property for $2.7 million last November. The entire cost of the project is expected to reach $ 16 million. According to earlier local media reports, the college will be raising funds both privately and publicly to help offset the costs.

Two Wilkes-Barre companies will be overseeing the design and construction of the new building. Panzitta Enterprises will be handling the construction, while Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture P.C. is in charge of architecture and engineering.

Panzitta Enterprises recently completed construction of the Luzerne County Community College Health Sciences building in downtown Nanticoke, which was formerly the Kanjorski building. They have also remodeled several area apartment buildings.

King’s has worked with Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture in the past. The company is responsible for the design of the O’Hara Hall multi-use building. WKL has also done work for Misericordia University and the Geisinger Health System.

King’s officials and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton believe the project will create about 20 new jobs in the area, as well as additional revenue to the towns’ downtown business district.

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King’s College Reduces Carbon Footprint With First Commercial Solar Installation in the Downtown Wilkes-Barre

November 19, 2014 – “When you walk these halls of King’s on the Square, you can feel the vibrancy, you can feel the life,” Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president said at opening ceremonies for the building in late September. “Our students create that energy and you can feel it, now more than ever in downtown Wilkes-Barre,” he added.

Thanks to a donation from Panzitta Enterprises, Inc., the local company that served as general contractor for the King’s on the Square project, there will be another kind of energy in the building, solar.  The company has donated a total of 214 solar panels that are being installed on the roof of the building.  Panzitta Enterprises purchased the panels and is paying for the installation.  The company will maintain ownership of the panels and will donate the generated power to King’s.

The installation will mark the first known commercial application of solar energy in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

The energy collected by the solar panels will subsidize the existing electric utility consumption for the building.  According to projections from Endless Mountains Solar Services, LLC, the Wilkes-Barre-based contractor installing the panels, the panels will generate approximately $500,000 worth of electricity during their 25-year lifespan.

“We chose to fund this project for several reasons,” said John Panzitta, president of Panzitta Enterprises, Inc., and one of seven members of the Panzitta family to graduate from King’s. “It will allow King’s to use money that would have gone to utility payments to educate students, reduce its carbon footprint, and advance its sustainability efforts.”

“The King’s community is appreciative to Panzitta Enterprises for this thoughtful gift that will result in measureable progress for the College toward a goal in the 2013-2018 strategic plan to make our campus more efficient, sustainable and attractive,” said Father Ryan.  “By incorporating the solar panels, the carbon footprint of the building will be decreased by an estimated 2.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the life of the panels.”

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Power To Save: Solar Panels Powering Part Of King’s College

WILKES-BARRE: The holidays plus the colder weather mean a lot of us will see higher energy bills.

When it comes to winter time in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, many people think of snow and cloudy weather, but the president of Endless Mountain Solar says we see more sunshine overall than some countries that rely on power from the sun.

“On average in northeast Pennsylvania, there’s about 4.18 hours of sunlight per day. In Germany, which over 40 percent of the country is run on solar electricity, they get about 3.5 hours per sunlight a day. So we actually get more sunlight then Germany,” said Mike Pitcavage, Endless Mountain Solar.

Panzitta Enterprises Inc. is the contractor that transformed the Ramada Hotel into King’s on the Square. Panzitta is donating a solar system to the college and installing it on the roof.

The 214 solar panels on the roof are expected to generate about $500,000 of electricity over their 20-year lifespan. That means King’s College will save a lot of money on its utility bills.

“It is the same as generating electricity from natural gas, coal, you name it. It’s actually come down quite a bit in price.”

Pitcavage says investments in solar power have become more affordable. If the panels generate extra energy when the college is closed during the summer, Pitcavage says King’s could actually make money by selling the electricity and sending it to the nationwide power grid.

Power To Save: Solar Panels Powering Part Of King’s College


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