On the night of Thursday, February 25, at the Heinz Field East Club, construction projects built in the three hundred mile radius around the MBA headquarters compete to be crowned the BEST. This recognition is during The Building Excellence Awards Program held during the 2016 Construction Industry Evening of Excellence. At this event, the majority of the crowd gather for the awards ceremony and the last category of the night is always the most anticipated award announcement of the evening. There are three remarkable construction projects competing in the Best New Construction Over $25 Million Category. McCrossin is proud to have been a part of one of them, working for Burchick Construction on the University of Pittsburgh Salk Hall Additions & Upgrades.
In response to the need for additional research and laboratory space, the University of Pittsburgh embarked on an addition and renovation project to the existing Salk Hall. This project would create significant additional laboratory space to support both teaching and research activities of Pitt’s Pharmacy and Dentistry Departments. The addition consisted of four new laboratory floors, a mechanical floor, and a new lobby/commons area. This addition was constructed directly to the rear of the existing Salk Hall and it remained operating and could not be disrupted during the ongoing academic activities. The Burchick construction team encountered and overcame many unforeseen challenges, like the expansive soils that were overlooked for the foundation design and the backside hill retaining wall design. For both challenges Burchick worked closely with McCrossin to develop a caisson system for the foundation as well as a soil anchor and shotcrete retaining wall system for the hillside.