Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence

As the official home of the state’s governor and a public exhibit for art and artifacts, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence serves as a cultural center of the local community and hosts thousands of visitors each year. Constructed in 1968, the 30,000-SF Georgian-style mansion features private living quarters on the second floor, event and exhibit spaces on the first floor, and sits on a 3.5-acre grounds. This project served to reconstruct the building’s exterior courtyard, which also acts as the public entrance, to create an inviting gateway, usable space for local events, and functional vehicular and pedestrian access. As civil engineer, CEI prepared plans for universal accessibility by removing, regrading, and replacing existing cobblestone walkways with ADA-compliant sidewalks. New utilities were also included under the plaza area. We also increased pervious surfaces to assist with runoff and provided designs for new entrance drives, parking, and walkway lighting. CEI provided full civil designs for this historic renovation project.


  • Site designs included a stormwater management waiver and erosion/sediment control plans for the 0.5-acre area of disturbance. Both were submitted to PA Department of the Environment for approval.
  • Due to the cultural and historic relevance of the Governor’s Residence and grounds, the project was subject to review by the Governor’s Residence Preservation Committee.
  • Located along the Susquehanna River, the project site was within the 100-year floodplain. Our team analyzed potential impacts and submitted a Joint Permit Application for approval.


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  • Architect:
    Murphy & Dittenhafer
  • Owner:
    Pennsylvania Department of General Services