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Major projects could transform the Erie region

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Major projects could transform the Erie region

By Jim Martin

Posted Feb 19, 2017 at 2:00 AM

 

There is a substantial list of major construction projects that are either planned, under way or are nearing completion.

Four massive construction projects, three of which should begin this year, top most everyone’s list as among the most transformational projects Erie has seen in years.

Those projects, all of which are valued at more than $100 million, include a $150 million commercial and residential project on Erie’s bayfront by Scott Enterprises, a planned $135 million office building at Erie Insurance, a $111 million addition that is likely to begin next year at UPMC Hamot and a $115 million expansion project, announced Feb. 10, at Saint Vincent Hospital. Work on that project, which will create a new emergency department and operating rooms, is expected to begin in May.

But those aren’t the only major projects expected to take shape in the Erie area during the months ahead.

There is a substantial list of major construction projects that are either planned, under way or are nearing completion.

They include:

‒ Sarah Reed is moving ahead on an $18 million addition and renovation to its Reed House skilled nursing center, located at 227 W. 22nd St. The 40,000-square-foot addition portion of the project is expected to be completed sometime this spring.

Dina Scribner, marketing director for Sarah Reed, said the number of residents will remain unchanged at 106, but the addition and renovation will provide more space for those residents, all of whom will have private rooms after the work is complete. The project also includes a series of communal kitchens.

 

Otherprojects

‒ Gannon University’s Nash Library, built in 1973, is in the middle of $16 million renovation that will include new entrances, interior and exterior renovations, a coffee shop and a full-service technology desk.

‒ Ground was broken in December for Trippe Hall, a 251-bed dormitory being built on the campus of Penn State Behrend at a cost of $28.4 million. Construction of the 65,000-square-foot building is expected to provide housing for both first-year and upper-level students, including international students. Work is expected to be complete in time for the fall semester in 2018.

‒ The ongoing expansion at Waldameer Park & Water World continues this off season with the construction of a $2 million addition to the water park. The expansion, which includes a 40-foot-tall water feature, is expected to be done by June.

‒ The transformation of the Former Glenwood School on Peach Street into the new headquarters of the Erie Federal Credit Union is nearing completion. The credit union is spending about $7 million to reinvent the 50,000-square-foot building.

Jim Martin can be reached at 870-1668 or by email. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNMartin.

 

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