The University of Pennsylvania has announced the start of construction on a new $1.5bn hospital on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus in Pennsylvania, US.
Erie Insurance has unveiled plans to build a new office building on its campus in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania.
Milhaus Development has broken ground on the first phase of a residential and retail development in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.
Campus Apartments, a US-based student accommodation provider, has unveiled three new student housing projects comprising over 1,700 beds in Tennessee, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has agreed that $61.9bn will be spent over the next 12 years in various transport projects. The updated programme — previously set up at $63.3bn — will finance improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) secretary Leslie S. Richards said: “Through on going efficiencies at PennDOT, we continue to stretch taxpayers’ dollars to reach as many transportation needs as possible.“This update reflects the progress we are making, chipping away at our large backlog of pavement and bridge needs while adding some capacity expansion to address long-standing desires for better mobility.“The new update also includes investments across the modes and underwrites our goal of making sure the people of Pennsylvania have options for their day-to-day travels.”The new plan, to come into effect in 1 October, states that $11.3bn will go to state highway and bridge projects in the first four years, $8.6bn to public transit, $354M to aviation, $229M to rail freight and $305M to multimodal projects.Some of the major projects incorporated in the programme include the $3.3bn reconstruction of the Interstate 95 corridor in southeastern Pennsylvania, the $97.6M widening of U.S. 322, the Conchester Highway, in Delaware County and the $647M reconstruction of Interstate 83 in the Harrisburg region.The plan will be now submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review and approval.
FedEx subsidiary FedEx Ground has started construction on a $228M distribution centre in Northampton County in Pennsylvania.The company has acquired a 253-acre site in Allen Township, Northampton County and is now building a 74,000sq m distribution centre and related structures as part of a new Mid-Atlantic hub.Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Wolf said: “This project is a huge win for Pennsylvania. The FedEx Ground terminal will become the company’s largest warehouse and logistics hub among the 34 it operates nationwide.“The fact that FedEx chose Pennsylvania over two other states to expand, is a testament not only to the commonwealth’s business-friendly atmosphere, but also our strong local workforce.”The project will create 282 full-time jobs over the next three years and 398 permanent part-time jobs.Furthermore, the firm is anticipated to retain 1,652 existing employees across the state. The development is scheduled to open in 2018.
Bryn Mawr Hospital has broken ground on the $200M patient pavilion in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.The project will include an 18,500 sq m patient pavilion, two new medical/surgical telemetry units, a new intensive care unit, 12 new operating rooms, and renovated maternity and delivery rooms. The building will be erected in the centre of the campus, taking the place of the Clothier Building and Medical Office Building South. Bryn Mawr Hospital president Andrea Gilbert said: “The campus master plan and modernisation project builds upon Bryn Mawr Hospital's long-standing history of providing exceptional, leading-edge health care in our community.“This investment is evidence of Main Line Health and Bryn Mawr Hospital's continuing promise to deliver personalized, advanced care in a comfortable, contemporary setting.“A treasured community teaching hospital for more than a century, the next iteration of Bryn Mawr Hospital envisions a physical space that matches the patient-centered, quality-driven care that remains core to our mission.”
Pennsylvania's SugarHouse Casino has completed the $164M casino expansion project.Designed by Cope Linder Architects, the project increased SugarHouse’s facility from 10,000 sq m to 24,000 sq m, excluding the new seven-storey parking garage of about 56,000 sq m. The new parking garage offers 1,500 new spaces for guests, with direct elevator access to the casino floor.The project also includes additional restaurants and a 2,800 sq m event centre.The expansion project created 500 new full-time jobs, raising the number of current employees to 1,700.
Clean energy company Invenergy has broken ground on the $1.2bn Lackawanna Energy Center (LEC) in Jessup, Pennsylvania. The environmentally-friendly facility is being built on a site that is located on the far side of the highway and set behind a tree line, minimising visibility and noise.LEC will be equipped with GE's latest technology, and will generate fewer emissions due to the high-efficiency combustion turbines. The combined-cycle facility will maximize the usage of the heat from natural gas as fuel, increasing efficiency.Kiewit Power Constructors has secured the construction contract for the 1,500MW power plant, which will employ up to 800 construction workers during the construction peak. The energy centre is expected to be operational in 2018 and will then create 30 full-time jobs.
Tenaska has secured $780m in commercial financing for the under-construction Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.The Tenaska Westmoreland project is owned by Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners, which is comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation.Black & Veatch is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 925MW natural gas-fuelled power plant project. The two natural gas turbines to be used will be provided by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.Tenaska Development Group president Greg Kelly said: "Achieving financial closing for Tenaska Westmoreland illustrates our ability to develop and advance market-driven power projects. We are pleased to reach this milestone and look forward to the next phase of the project."The power plant is expected to become operational in 2018.
Temple University in Philadephia has broken ground on a $170m library, the most expensive project undertaken by the university to date.The library has been designed by Snøhetta, but it is being built in collaboration with Stantec. Originally planned to be built on Broad Street, the building is now being constructed at the centre of Temple's campus, between Polett Walk and 13th Street. This 225,000sq ft library will be one of the few libraries in the world that uses the automatic search and retrieval system (ASRS), which will store 90% of the 2m books held by the university. The library is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.