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UPMC and Children's Select General Contractor for the Clinical Services Building on the Lawrenceville Site

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh announced today that they are in the process of awarding a $174 million general contract for the construction of the new clinical services building that is part of the new Children's Hospital campus.

Barton Malow, a national contractor, in a joint venture with local contractor P.J. Dick Incorporated, will serve as the general contractor that will build the new hospital. The Barton Malow/P.J. Dick joint venture bid was the lowest of three bids received by UPMC, whose Corporate Construction Department is overseeing the development of the new Children's hospital campus in Lawrenceville.

"Barton Malow's extensive experience with building projects like Shriners Hospitals for Children make them the ideal contractor to help lead this project," said Greg Peaslee, senior vice president, Construction and Property Management at UPMC. "This collaboration with P.J. Dick, whose signature projects include the Hillman Cancer Center, is the perfect combination to build a world-class pediatric facility."

The clinical services building will be nine stories and slightly more than one million square feet, 750,000 square feet of which is new construction. When complete, the new clinical services building will include 260 inpatient beds, including 78 critical care beds. Patient rooms will be private and have sleeping accommodations for parents.

The clinical services building is the centerpiece of a multi-phased development project on a 10-acre complex in Lawrenceville. Other facets of the project include a major research facility, office space for faculty and staff, a new central utility facility and two new parking garages. The plans for the research building and one of the garages will soon be released for bidding and the office space for faculty and staff will be put out for bid next summer.

"Now that the contract has been awarded, construction of the new hospital building will begin the first of the year," said Roger A. Oxendale, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. "A lot of work has gone into this project, and we're excited to see it become a reality. We are looking forward to the steel rising from the ground come January, and the hospital building beginning to take shape."

Completion of this project will ensure Children's role as a leader in pediatric health care and secure its place as a vital community asset in western Pennsylvania. The hospital is scheduled to be completed by late 2008 or early 2009.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been caring for children and providing services to pediatric patients for more than a century. Children's continues to be committed to its mission of patient care, teaching and research and the ability to ensure open access to pediatric care for all children in western Pennsylvania regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

For more information, contact Children's Web site at or UPMC's Web site at

Dean Walters, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 412-692-5017
Jane Duffield, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 412-647-3555

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June 17, 2008
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June 17, 2008