Last week’s announcement by the Business Times that Highmark had acquired land by Northway Church in Wexford – the worst kept ‘secret’ in the North Hills – capped a week of developments in the ongoing strong hospital market. Wexford is but one of the three or four sub-markets that Highmark wants to put outpatient/emergency centers. They are allegedly searching for 25+ acres in Cranberry and are eyeing sites along the 19/79 corridor in the South. The resultant construction projects should be buildings in the $8-15 million range.
UPMC’s big news for the week was the narrowing of the field for the CM contract for the Center for Innovative Science by the Hillman Cancer Center. Four contracting teams or contractors were selected to respond to an RFP for the $294 million project by March 6, with a selection likely by early April. Those invited were Clark/Massaro, Mascaro/Gilbane, PJ Dick/McCarthy and Turner Construction.