The John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne is Alvernia’s downtown Reading facility. A $20 million renovation and retrofitting project begun in 2021 has transformed the building into a state-of-the-art, 250,000-square-foot living and learning facility.

Key Features and Offerings

John and Karen Arnold School of Nursing

Debuting in fall 2023, the John and Karen Arnold School of Nursing and the state-of-the-art, interprofessional Healthcare Simulation Center are the newest additions to the Post Center.

The 55,000-square-foot space has expanded classrooms and laboratories dedicated to interprofessional training, fundamentals skills, health assessment, standardized patient simulations and a specialized resuscitation quality intervention area. Faculty and lab coordinators' offices, dedicated meeting areas and conference rooms are also incorporated throughout the space.

John R. Post School of Engineering

The Post Center houses engineering labs for undergraduate learning, containing millions of dollars of hands-on, real-world equipment and a continuously expanding maker space. Faculty-taught courses feature small class sizes with athlete-friendly scheduling. Regularly scheduled lunch-and-learn presentations feature local industry members looking for summer interns and full-time employees and research faculty presenting their innovative work.

College of Business, Communication, and Leadership

The Post Center adds new ways for students in the College of Business, Communication, and Leadership to learn, research and engage with the community.

  • The facility has been designed to be a superior teaching and learning space with flexible, modular classrooms integrated with the latest technology.
  • A trading floor and Bloomberg Terminal, used for a variety of learning experiences over a wide range of upper-level business courses, lends to the growth of the university’s enhanced business majors. The lab supports simulations, research and a wide variety of other business applications to provide students with an enhanced academic and real-world learning experience.
  • The expanded Communication major offers leading-edge technologies through both academic coursework and collaboration with Berks Community Television (BCTV), one of the oldest and longest-serving cable access managers in the country. With a new studio and office on-site at 401 Penn, BCTV works closely with Communication Faculty, providing students with insight into the industry and offering hands-on experiences.
The O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship 

Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and its student fellows work with dozens of local businesses, some of which are on-site in the facility’s business incubator, providing support and services that can elevate aspiring and existing entrepreneurs as well as provide experiential learning opportunities for students and clients. Services are delivered through an integrated network of partners, mentors, staff and student expertise. Fields include accounting, business development, communications, digital design, engineering and marketing.

Esports Varsity Team

A brand new arena lounge for the university’s esports team has become the hub for competitive gaming and its spectators in the region.

Offering competitive gaming in League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Valorant, Alvernia’s esports program allows Alvernia to play a national schedule against teams the university rarely otherwise competes against--including some larger Division I schools without leaving campus.

Living and Learning

New modern residences provide students with a living-learning experience in the heart of downtown’s thriving Penn corridor. Shuttle service to and from campus runs on a continuous loop for easy access to classes and amenities at both locations.

Community Hub

Community gathering spaces, lounge areas, and a Starbucks in the lobby are welcoming and open to neighbors and visitors.


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Tour the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne and the John R. Post School of Engineering virtually. These self-guided visits include two dozen other stops across Alvernia locations, featuring 360-degree panorama views, videos and more.

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Facility FAQs

Building Hours

The John R. Post Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Card access is provided for after-hours and weekend entry for residents.

Welcome/Information Desk

The Post Center's information desk is located in the lobby and will be staffed 24/7.


Students residing at the Post Center are provided parking passes for the Chiarelli Plaza Garage on 99 N. Third St., Reading.

For students, staff, faculty and visitors parking is available at the following garages:

  • Chiarelli Plaza Garage, 99 N. 3rd Street, Reading
  • Reading Parking Authority Garage, 613 Franklin Street, Reading

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Some metered on-street parking is also available.

Shuttle Service

The Alvernia shuttle service runs on a continuous loop between Campus and Reading CollegeTowne from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Always allow at least 30 minutes to arrive at your destination and track shuttle location with our shuttle app BusWhere available for download at the Apple Store and Google Play.

  • 24/7 on-site security
  • Reading Police sub-station located in the building
  • Security camera system operation up and down Penn Street Corridor

As part of ongoing safety efforts, Alvernia has launched a mobile safety app call LiveSafe which allows for reporting tips to Campus Security, virtually escorting friends in real-time on a map, and placing emergency calls and accessing safety resources. The LiveSafe app is available for download at both the Apple Store and Google Play.


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