UPMC Presbyterian Hospital South Tower Demolition and Rehabilitation


Client Name: UPMC
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Delivery Method: CM at risk
Cost: $28.7 million
Completed: 2016
Architect: GBBN Architects, Inc.


PJ Dick provided CM at Risk services for the demolition of the South Tower of UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Team members performed deconstruction and selective demolition of the 15-story, 500,000-square foot tower. Subsequent to demolition, PJ Dick managed the fitout of waiting, office, locker room, classroom and maintenance spaces. A new facade, landscaping and hardscaping was also constructed.


Case Study: Minimizing Impacts to Operations

Vibrations can be very disruptive to patient procedures. During the demolition of the South Tower, PJ Dick installed vibration monitors installed in sensitive areas. Monitors were set at a low level. If the level was superseded, a text message and email detailing the measurement of movement was sent to a select group and construction activities were reevaluated. To minimize vibration, workers performed saw cutting prior to hammering, which created a buffer zone, minimizing vibrations.

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