Mechanical engineering lab at York to be named to honor the Bradleys

February 16, 2011

A new mechanical engineering technology lab at Penn State York will be called the Harvey and Winifred Bradley Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in appreciation for a generous commitment from Winifred and Harvey Bradley. The 1,275-square-foot lab will be a part of the campus’ new state-of the-art engineering facility, the Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center, set to open in summer 2011.

“We’re very grateful to Win and Harvey Bradley for their latest gift to Penn State York,” said Joel M. Rodney, chancellor of Penn State York. “Over the years they have made generous gifts in support of engineering, continuing education, and the library’s collection. I am honored to include them among the select number of Penn State York’s major benefactors,” he said.

Founders and former owners of Bradley Lifting Corp., a leading manufacturer of below-the-hook lifting equipment, the Bradleys have a strong commitment to the York County community and want improved educational opportunities in the field of engineering. Their recent gift to Penn State York will help provide outstanding educational facilities and opportunities for students and prepare them for the workplace.

“As a successful engineer and manufacturer, I found that an engineering lab is essential for proving that an equipment design is both practical and safe,” said Harvey Bradley, P.E. “Win (Winifred) and I are glad that we can make this part of the new engineering facility possible. We are honored and proud that it will bear our name.”

Harvey Bradley has served on the Penn State York Advisory Board since 1986. Over the years, he and his wife have contributed financially to Penn State, including a gift toward the renovation of a building located on Albemarle Street, adjacent to the campus. In 2001, it was named The Bradley Building. It houses the continuing education division, and its activities are an essential part of the campus.

Renovations to the campus’ former chemistry laboratory will create the cutting-edge Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center. New chemistry labs are now a part of the recently opened Edward M. Elias Science Building. The engineering center will consist of three basic areas:  two large classrooms and a machine shop. The extensive renovation will more than quadruple the programs current electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) and mechanical engineering technology (MET) space from two labs at 1,220 square feet to three areas totaling 5,100 square feet. The facility will propel Penn State York to the forefront of engineering education in the region.

In the east side of the center, the one large classroom (approximately 2,000 square feet) will contain both computer workstations and multi-directional instruction capabilities, utilizing projection systems with multiple screens. In the west side, the other classroom, capable of accommodating up to 25 students, will have a dedicated area for light engineering equipment, CNC machines, and robotics equipment. Adjacent to this classroom, a heavy machine shop will have a flexible open plan and be designed for heavy engineering equipment and machinery.

Both classrooms contain perimeter storage for smaller equipment and supplies as well as student projects. There also will be some faculty office space and a new gallery/corridor with display areas for student work.

A new entrance will be constructed on the exterior of the existing building, the John J. Romano Administration Building, to highlight the new center. The entrance will include an interior water feature.

Total cost of the project is approximately $1.35 million, with the additional funds coming from other private philanthropists and organizations. Fundraising for the project is ongoing, and gifts will count toward Penn State York’s goal in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. The campaign is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives -- ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.


  • The Harvey and Winifred Bradley Mechanical Engineering Laboratory will be a part of the campus’ new engineering facility. Left to right: Harley H. Hartman, instructor in engineering; Winifred and Harvey Bradley, donors; and Frank Dittenhafer, architect.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated March 21, 2011