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Steamfitters Local Union 449

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STEAMFITTERS LOCAL UNION 449

The new trade school by Steamfitters Local 449, a Pittsburgh based union, expects its first classes to start in January of 2017. The state invested $5 million for the Steamfitters facility, claiming it was “essential” in filling the gap with the new manufacturing jobs that will be coming on-line in the region. The 75,000-square-foot facility cost about $18.5 million. The project location was a green field site. The Steamfitters deal with appliance- and industrial-based work, such as heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and process piping. Officials said about 350 students will be enrolled for the first year, although they all will…

Shaler Area Titan Field

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SHALER AREA TITAN FIELD

The Titan Stadium project totaled more than $3 million and included replacing the running track surface and installing FieldTurf artificial turf on the playing field, as well as installing new lighting. The completed project will allow for more sports teams and community groups to utilize the facility and provide an improved track surface for community and school use. The contracts included: TPK (site construction) in the amount of $1,284,650, Plavchak Construction (electrical construction) in the amount of $398,400 and FieldTurf USA, Inc. (synthetic turf construction) in the amount of $429,314. The site preparation started in June with removal of the…

VA Health Care Center

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VA HEALTH CARE CENTER

Construction on the new $100 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Butler County, PA., is now underway. The developer, Cambridge Healthcare Solutions PA LP, was awarded the contract at the end of December 2014 to design, build, and provide facility management for the VA Health Care Center. The estimated project duration is 31 months and is on track to be complete by July 2017. The 20-year lease with Cambridge will allow the VA to stay flexible with its health care service. The VA will lease the center, paying an estimated $8.4 million per year to Cambridge,…

Armstrong Riverhawk Softball Field

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Armstrong Riverhawk Softball Field

The new Armstrong School District High School recently completed a state-of-the-art 15,800 square foot softball field. The project was completed by ProGrass, located in Sharpsburg, PA. The $180,000 field has a life expectancy of 10-12 years. The turf grass system uses two different pile heights and three different infill mixtures to create a more natural softball/baseball field look and playability, without the maintenance required for a grass field. Allegheny Mineral’s Worthington plant provided material for the duration of the project.

DICK’S Sporting Goods – Greenwood Plaza

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DICK'S Sporting Goods

DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, opened its relocated store on Saturday, February 6 at Greenwood Plaza in Butler, Pa store was originally located in Butler at Clearview Mall. Enhancements to the new location include expanded Brand Shops, a Women’s Studio Apparel Department, a Soccer Shop, Lacrosse Shop and Baseball Shop. Customers can also experience an improved footwear deck, expanded assortment and enhanced service to meet their needs. Other enhancements such as wider aisles and clearly identifiable destinations for the brands shops will greatly improve customers’ ability to navigate the store and provide an improved checkout…

BHS Women’s Care

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BHS Women’s Care

Butler Health System (BHS) officially opened a new $20 million, 48,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building in December. BHS’s president attributes the facilities growth partly to a revolutionary piece of equipment. The three-dimensional tomosynthesis machine that takes more precise images for mammography patients. Hospital officials are waiting on federal approval to begin training on the $600,000 machine, and they expect to make it available to patients before the end of the year. The equipment, which is the only tomosynthesis machine in Butler County, has meant big jumps in cancer diagnoses elsewhere in the country. That may sound like a bad thing…

Slippery Rock Municipal Authority

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Slippery Rock Municipal Authority recently completed a $9 million waste water treatment plant. The project was under the supervision of township supervisor Paul Dickey, who is also the general manager of the authority Slippery Rock Municipal Authority. The previous waste water treatment plant was built in 1923 and it underwent expansions and upgrades in 1955, 1964 and 1982, making it 30 years since the last improvement at the plant. An evaluation of the plant showed the system was aging and could become overloaded during periods of heavy rain. The original plan was to renovate the old plant, but it was…

Theater Road

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Eleven to thirteen thousand motorists travel daily Route 422 through Kittanning Township, and unfortunately, some die due to vehicle collisions. Consequently, PennDot, Armstrong County and Indiana County collaborated on a 1.3-mile realignment project of that area – between Wray Plan Road and Rupp Church Road. The $9.15 million project was the result of the collaboration between Armstrong and Indiana Counties since Route 422 in Pennsylvania runs to Ebensburg. Indiana County contributed $12 million toward the project, which was funding that was earmarked specifically for Route 422 projects in Indiana County. The project will include Theater Road, Graham Road, and Rupp…

Worthington Bridge

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Allegheny Mineral’s Worthington plant was a key supplier for limestone products for the complete bridge replacement in Worthington. AMC provided Rip Rap for stream bank stabilization, as well as subbase that was used for the bridge approaches. The new bridge was tested in late 2013 when record rainfall, in excess of 3 inches, was received over the Worthington area in a very short period of time (see photo). Officials said at least 200 homes sustained flood damage, mainly to basements. Several roads in the area had to be shut down and required major repairs. Flooding was described as the worst…

Wendell August Forge

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Wendell August Forge is America’s oldest and largest forge, producing hand-wrought ornamental metalware and elegant giftware in aluminum and other metals since 1923. In March 2010, a devastating fire destroyed the Forge’s historical workshop, corporate offices and flagship retail store after a spark from a heating element in a spray booth ignited the area and quickly spread. A fire prevention device in the booth failed. Even though the company was able to continue production in a temporary location, the owners were determined to rebuild. Fast forward 3 years, and the company is now operating out of their new $8 million…