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$110.5 million Pitt expansion projects will create 778 jobs

As part of their 12 year facilities plan that began in 2007, The University of Pittsburgh announced Monday that the Board of Trustees approved four major construction and renovation projects, as well as two lease extensions, totaling $110.5 million. In addition to creating new facilities targeting LEED certification and updating buildings for the expansion of new research opportunities, the projects are expected to create 778 construction jobs and produce $35,616 in annual property taxes.

The largest project, a $50 million addition to Salk Hall, entails building new laboratory and office spaces for the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy. The facilities are registered to achieve LEED Silver certification and completion is expected by 2013. A $39.9 million renovation of four floors in Benedum Hall and the building of a mezzanine level will eventually accommodate laboratories and conference rooms.

A $13.9 million renovation of the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower will allow for the expansion of the Vascular Medicine Institute and School of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care. $6 million will be allocated for the renovation of Crawford and Langley Halls, where a new Department of Biological Sciences facility will be constructed, allowing bacteriologists and virologists working in those buildings to expand the scope of their research.

"A huge amount of the funds for the projects announced today came from the Commonwealth," says John Fedele, associate director of news for Pitt. "The Commonwealth allocates funding for construction and $50 million of the Salk Hall renovation comes from the Commonwealth, while $30 million was through the Commonwealth for Benedum Hall." The Starzl Tower project is being funded entirely through the National Institute of Health's National Center for Research Resources, and the majority of the funding for the Crawford and Langley Hall renovations comes from internal sources.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: John Fedele, University of Pittsburgh
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