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Now showing in a community near you are some of the greatest works created by an iron worker. Take a look at the results of expert craftsmanship, great pride, and industry passion, presented by Iron Workers Local Union No. 3.
Highlights of the exhibition of our work include: sports arenas, corporate headquarters, entertainment venues, and hospitals, to name a few.
Construction Start Date: Spring 2012
Size: Approximately 800,000 gross square feet, 33 stories
The Tower at PNC Plaza’s design incorporates ground-breaking technology and design strategies, seeking to develop the greenest building in the world. The office building will house approximately 2,500 employees and will be the corporate headquarters for PNC Financial Services Group. By pairing a double skin exterior that brings new air into the building with a solar chimney drawing exhaust and warm air up and out of the building allows the building to “breathe” with the flow of air moving through the structure.
Original Construction Years: 1936 to 1937
Reconstruction Years: 2006 to 2007
Originally built in the mid-1930s, the Homestead Grays Bridge spans the Monongahela River between Homestead and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods. The entire length of the bridge is 3,750 feet and has 2 lanes of traffic going in each direction. In 2006 major reconstruction started on the bridge. The deck was removed and the entire structure was stripped down to the steel. After repairing the steel, a new deck replaced the old one and added pedestrian walkways and wider lanes for traffic. Keeping the integrity of the bridge, reproductions of historic models for the lighting and railings finished off the project.
Construction Start Date: March 2010
Size: 14-foot-high letters, 24-foot-high logo
BNY Mellon’s new logo and name was installed by members of Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 in 2010. Using a helicopter to get the letters from the ground to the top of the 725-foot building, iron workers worked to move the pieces into place before securing them to the building. There were 8 separate letter sections and two separate logo sections installed over three weekends. State-of-the-art LED technology was used to create a sign that would stand out in one of the most photographed cities in the country.
Construction Start Date: Spring 2014
Size: 35-foot by 25-foot back-lit Nittany Lion logo
On May 27th, 2014 the Beaver Stadium sign installation was completed. Two new logos weighting 6,500-pounds and contains 1,400 LED lights each were added to the north and south sides of the stadium. When illuminated, the white portion of the logo will give the illusion that the Nittany Lion is floating.
Project start date: January 2014
Size: 50,000 square-feet
Originally built in 1908, Becht Hall went under major renovation at the beginning of 2014 turning the facility into a student hub. Fusing the old with the new brought challenges to the men and women on the job who worked to keep the classic elements while upgrading the technology and space. Some of the major changes were the demolition of existing steel, cast iron, and wood within the interior structure and installation of the interior steel frame with concrete floors and a new foundation.
Construction Complete Date: Summer of 2007
Size: 28,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 14,025 breakout/meeting area, 13,500 ballroom
The Erie Bayfront Convention Center is a state of the art facility that won the 2008 Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America. With views of Presque Isle Bay from three sides, this facility has helped revitalize the Lake Erie Waterfront and has caused an increase in tourism and business opportunities to the area. The facility has a total of 145,000-square-feet and is the largest banquet venue in northwestern Pennsylvania. A skywalk connects the convention center to the first waterfront hotel which has 200 non-smoking rooms and 5,800-square-feet of meeting space!
Construction Start Date: Fall of 2013
Size: 1,600 feet
The original Hulton Bridge was built in 1908 and spans over the Allegheny River connecting Oakmont and Harmarville, Pennsylvania. The new Hulton Bridge will replace the 107 year old truss style bridge which is scheduled to be demolished. The new steel and multi girder structure will have 4, 11 foot lanes (two in each direction), a 4 foot median, a 6 foot shoulder on each side of the road and a pedestrian sidewalk.
Building Open Date: March 4, 2011
Size: 148,500 square feet
The Kovalchick Complex is a 148,500 square-foot complex that offers a multitude of spaces for all different kinds of events. Within the facility there is a 5,000 seat Ed Fry Arena, the 630 seat Toretti Auditorium, 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art conference center and the 6,000 square foot corporate training and executive conference center. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the women’s volleyball team play in the Ed Fry Arena. The entire venue can host concerts, family shows, sporting events, conferences, conventions, trade shows, corporate seminars and so much more.
Project Finish Date: March 2012
The North Shore Connector is a very extensive project that took over 15 years to develop. The 1.2 mile rail extension connects the Gateway Center Station downtown Pittsburgh to the North Side Station by a large underground tunnel that lays 22 feet below the Allegheny River. People can have easy access from the sports stadiums, Rivers Casino, Carnegie Science Center and much more to downtown Pittsburgh for free.
Project Finish Date: June 2013
Size: Approximately 1,800 feet
The 2-lane John K. Tener Memorial Bridge also known as the new Charleroi-Monessen Bridge was built to replace the 1906 structure. The original bridge served as a toll bridge for vehicles, pedestrians and trolley traffic. A 2009 inspection revealed deterioration causing the bridge to close and be demolished to make way for a safer, more secure bridge to replace it. The bridge connects North Charleroi and Monessen and runs over the Monongahela River.
Construction Start Date: Spring 2012
Size: 90 feet tall but ride reaches a height of 146 feet
Somerset Steel Erection had a group of iron workers from Local 3 working on the Black Widow ride at Kennywood Park Spring of 2012. The Black Widow is one of the newest thrill additions the park has built in recent years. This thrill ride has a pendulum that propels riders back and forth at 68 miles per hour, creating a weightless experience for riders.
Construction Start Date: October 2007
Size: Tree One – 40 feet high with a diameter of 25 feet
Tree Two – 25 feet high with a diameter of 13 feet
The Steel Trees on the American Eagle corporate campus have become an attraction for native Pittsburghers as well as visitors to the city. The tree trunk is constructed from a solid 40 foot “I” beam and several “I” beam branches. These trees reflect the city’s deep history within the construction industry as well as being known as the “steel city”.
This skyscraper is one of the most noticeable buildings in the city with its 30-story steel frame looming over Mellon Square. The design of the Alcoa building was thought to showcase the use of aluminum in building construction. Aluminum reduces the weight of the building and therefore reduces the cost. This building was constructed with great care since all of the exterior work was completed from the inside.
In the spring of 2001, PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, was opened to the public after 2 years of construction. The park was designed so every fan has a beautiful view - with the highest seats built only 88 feet from the field. There are many aspects of the park, including the light towers, which are reminiscent of Forbes Field, the former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. PNC Park is only the second two-deck ballpark in the United States. Fans are sure to enjoy the architectural beauty of this park for generations to come.
The design of the new Children’s Hospital was driven by the desire to provide quality health care to the western Pennsylvania region. The construction aids in keeping the environment quiet, which is proven to improve healing among patients. The entrance of the hospital was designed to alleviate stress by providing direction to the patients and their families. Located in Lawrenceville, the hospital covers 900,000 square feet.
Located on the Boulevard of the Allies, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is a historic landmark. It is a 19 story building that covers 170,000 square feet. The renovation took place in 2001 and enabled the school to offer a better education by providing space for more facilities.
The Heinz 57 Center was renovated in 2001. It is in Downtown Pittsburgh in what used to be the Gimbels Department Store on Smithfield Street. The renovation added about 30,000 square feet of extra office space.
On August 25, 2001, the new home of the Pittsburgh Steelers was opened after two years of construction. Heinz Field is approximately 1.49 million square feet and the construction of the stadium used approximately 12,000 tons of steel. The first game held at the new stadium was a complete sell-out. The Steelers beat the Detroit Lions with a final score of 20-7. In addition to that win, Heinz Field has been the home facility of many victories and memorabilia including the 2006 Lombardi Trophy.
The PNC Firstside Center was an innovation in environmentally friendly design and was given a silver rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). (This system was designed to rate commercial construction and major renovation projects for their performance and sustainability.) The construction of this facility was finished in September of 2000. It is 647,000 square feet and 5 stories.
Robinson Town Centre is located just west of Pittsburgh. It opened in the summer of 1989 and is only 4 miles from Downtown. It’s also 7 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport which creates traffic from both inside and outside of the city of Pittsburgh. Robinson Town Centre covers 457,290 square feet of land.
Located on the campus of Washington and Jefferson College, this building’s angles lend themselves to the campus master plan. The construction began in December of 1999 and was completed in June of 2001. The facility is 56,661 square feet and is made primarily of granite, limestone, slate and copper.
The remodeling phase of Upper St. Clair High School occurred throughout 2000. This renovation brought new opportunities for the students and faculty. It prepared the school for the ability to use widespread Internet access while also making some significant changes to the external look of the school.
The O’Reilly Theater is located in Downtown Pittsburgh in the Cultural District. The final cost to construct this building was $25 million. It remains the only “newly constructed theater” in the Cultural District. The facility provides a venue for music and plays as well as Pittsburgh’s Public Theater performances. Audiences enjoy state-of-the-art technology while watching a performance from one of the Theater’s 65 seats. The Theater was officially opened on December 9, 1999.