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
Coda on Centre
Coda on Centre to Meet Growing Demand for Quality Housing in Pittsburgh’s East End.
Located at 5765 Centre Avenue in East Liberty the 172-unit building will offer both furnished and unfurnished studio, one and two-bedroom rental apartments designed to a minimum of LEED Silver standards. Scheduled for opening in March 2018, Coda offers a new housing option for nearby hospitals, universities and high-tech companies in the quickly growing East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.
Exterior finishes will consist of a mix of brick veneer, cast stone, and a variety of metal sidings to complement existing buildings in this growing district of the City. Coda is located within walking distance of retail, grocery and dining in the East Liberty/ Shadyside area.
Five levels of apartments will be built above structured parking and center around a private courtyard on the second level. Open to the sky, this vest-pocket terrace will contain several outdoor amenities including lounge seating, a gazebo, grills, and fire pits.
Designed to LEED® Silver standards, sustainable design and construction elements include water-efficient fixtures and an energy-efficient building envelope. Low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives and floorings make for improved air quality. Recycled and regionally produced building materials and a building-wide recycling program are also incorporated.
Coda on Centre will provide amenities beneficial to sustainable living and active lifestyles. The residence welcomes pets and features a pet wash room. An in-house fitness center, co-working lounge, game room, communal kitchen, secure bicycle storage, and round-the-clock concierge service top the list of the many community features.
In-unit amenities include washers and dryers, ample storage, and modern kitchens complete with dark wood cabinetry and granite countertops. Many units will have terraces that open directly to the courtyard while others will offer balconies with views of the urban neighborhood.
The Project: Coda on Centre, Centre Avenue, East Liberty/Pittsburgh
Developer: Oxford Development, Pittsburgh, PA
Owner: Oxford Development, Pittsburgh, PA
Manager: McCaffery Interests, Chicago, IL
Architect: WTW Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
Interstate 279 Rehabilitation Project
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.
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
The 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