Project Spotlights

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

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PennDOT provided a $760,000 grant for the multi-community Butler-Freeport trail improvement project, which PennDOT is overseeing. The project includes repavement of the 10 to 11 miles of the 21-mile trail, which is expected to be completed in August. The project area extends from Herman in Summit Township, south through Jefferson, Winfield, Buffalo and South Buffalo Townships and Freeport. The extensive use of the Butler-Freeport Community Trail, as well as erosion from severe weather, had diminished the trail surface, thus requiring improvements to the trail and its drainage system. Erosion of the trail surface has also lead to a potential safety…

Freeport High Field

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After a decade of discussion and 3 ballot rejections by voters, a new $4.8 million complex featuring an eight-lane track and an athletic field for lacrosse, field hockey and football was approved. The project was funded by $2.3 million in donations raised by Tri-Town Track and Field, a citizen group supporting the project. The donation includes a $1.3 million pledge from the Nike Corporation. The school district was responsible for the remaining $2.1 million. The field turf utilizes the more expensive Nike Grind instead of crumb rubber, the most common type of artificial field surface. Allegheny Mineral provided Sport Field…

Glade Mill Lake

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The $2.8 million restoration construction was recently completed on the 52-acre Glade Mill Lake in Middlesex Township, Butler County. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission drained the lake in June 2011 because the dam was leaking. Not long after, local residents founded the Glade Run Lake Conservancy. Officials credited conservancy members’ tenacity and enthusiasm for generating and sustaining support for the project. The Fish and Boat Commission pledged $2 million to the project, and former Gov. Tom Corbett dedicated $2 million in state money. The conservancy raised more than $300,000 in donations, including $30,000 from Middlesex Township and $110,000 from…

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…