Hospital project groundwork plows ahead
The Derrick, 7/31/02 By Jerry Sowden

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Work crews are busy moving earth at the site of the new $65 million UPMC Northwest Hospital off Route 257 in Cranberry Township.

In the top photo, giant pan-scrapers kick up a cloud of dust as they move some of the 40,000 cubic yards of topsoil at the site. The work is being done behind a cluster of buildings just off Salina Road being used as work site headquarters.

In the lower photo, Pat Brennan of Marucci and Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown watches a pan-scraper do its work.

Jon Alderman, a former Titusville resident, is serving as onsite superintendent for HBE Inc., the St. Louis-based designer and general contractor for the new hospital. Alderman said soil erosion control work is finished at the site and foundation work should begin within the next two weeks.

Alderman said all the main contractors working at the site are from out of the area, but the bulk of the employees in those companies are local tradesmen.

The new hospital is due to open in the fall of 2004.