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Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC


At $6 billion the Shell Ethane Cracker Plant being constructed in Potter Township; Beaver County is the largest construction investment in the history of southwestern Pennsylvania. It’s also quickly become the catalyst for a burgeoning petrochemical industry that will forever change the economic landscape of the tri-state (PA/OH/WV) region. 

Ethane, like propane and butane, is a natural gas liquid (NGL) found in certain natural gas deposits, including the Marcellus and Utica Shale Formations. NGLs are separated from natural gas and used for a variety of industrial, residential and commercial uses. Ethane is primarily used to create ethylene and would be the primary raw material for this facility. “Cracker” is industry lingo for this type of plant.

The Shell facility takes full advantage of the ready supply of natural gas products in the Marcellus Shale gas fields and is spurring multi-billion-dollar projects in that industry as well. The location creates shorter and more reliable supply chains than those for comparable facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

With a more than five-year construction schedule, the massive 780-acre site on the banks of the Beaver River will have more than 5,000 union tradesmen on-site at peak construction in mid-2019. At present, nearly 1,000 construction professionals are on-site.   

Project Owner: Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC

Project Name: Pennsylvania Chemicals

Main Works EPCM Contractor: Bechtel Oil, Gas, & Chemicals, Inc. (BOGCI)

Primary Subcontractor: Great Arrow Builders LLC

Projected Completion Date: December 2020

Interstate 279 Rehabilitation Project

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The $88 million rehabilitation project covers nine miles of SR 279 between the Camp Horne Interchange in Pittsburgh’s North Hills and the Ft. Duquesne Bridge. The work consists of full depth roadway reconstruction at various locations, a complete asphalt overlay, bridge and ramp widening, latex modified concrete overlay of nine structures, various types of structural rehabilitation to over 32 bridges including deck repairs, substructure repairs, expansion dam replacements, barrier transition updates, approach and moment slab replacements and bearing replacements and resets.  

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Other work consists of full painting and miscellaneous steel repairs of approximately 50 sign structures, impact attenuator replacements, structural wall repairs and painting, median grading and drainage modifications. The roadway will also receive a complete upgrade of the HOV/ITS system, new permanent signage and highway lighting upgrades. The project completion date is scheduled for June 15, 2019.

This is the first major rehabilitation project since SR 279 was constructed in the 1980s. The work will be done throughout 20 different traffic phases and setups. 

Prime Contractor: Trumbull/Lindy Paving, A Joint Venture 

The One on Centre to Offer a Multitude of Amenities in Oakland

One on Centre 450The Pittsburgh region has been, and continues to be, a hot market for apartment construction. Among the many projects underway is the One on Centre located on Centre Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.

The target occupants for the 17-story, mixed-use apartment project are students at the many universities located in the Oakland area. It’s scheduled for completion in July 2018.

Residents will find One on Centre to be a convenient and exciting place to live.

Among the many amenities are a Gym, Yoga Room, Golf Simulator, Coffee Bar, Study Rooms and Lounge Space on Level 7. Additional Lounge Space and a Viewing Deck are featured on Level 17. Level 7 also includes a Pool Deck with Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Fire Pits and a Grilling/Food area. 

In total, the building encompasses nearly 587,000 square feet. Parking is located on the first six floors, with 329 apartments located on floors four through 17. Additionally, there are three retail spaces located along Centre Avenue.

The Project: One on Centre, Centre Avenue between N. Dithridge and N. Craig, Oakland

Developer: Park 7 Group, New York City, NY

Equity Partner (Building Manager): EdR Trust, Memphis, TN

Architect: Humphreys & Partners Urban Architecture, L.P., Dallas, TX

General Contractor: Massaro Construction Company, Pittsburgh, PA

New Headquarters Positions Industrial Scientific for Continued Growth and Employee Retention

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The phased project provides a 5-level, 204,000-square-foot consolidated global headquarters and manufacturing facility for Industrial Scientific on a 25-acre building site in Robinson Township. 

The new facility incorporates all of the company’s local Pittsburgh functions, including corporate offices, light electronics manufacturing, electronics servicing, instrument research, development and testing, gas sensor laboratory functions, customer service, software development, warehouse, delivery, and shipping. 

Initially designed to house 500 employees, important considerations include wellness/fitness; sustainability; employee amenities, including an on-site restaurant/cafe; collaborative/interactive spaces; and flexibility for future expansion and growth.

The Project: Industrial Scientific Corporation Headquarters

Owner:  Industrial Scientific Corporation

Architect: IDC Architects

Contractor: Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., Pittsburgh, PA