Project Details

The state-of-the-art facility houses procedure rooms, conference space, offices, and a basement level laboratory with MRI and NMR magnets.  It also includes a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), one of only 13 such facilities designated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

  • New construction
  • 344,000 square feet/10-story
  • Bioscience labs - BSL-3, BSL-2
  • 40 months of construction
  • Construction manager at risk

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Owner: University of Pittsburgh, Facilities Management

Mascaro Advantage

During preconstruction, the estimating and operations staff interfaced with the University and design team.  The main objectives were to reconcile the design to the budget without affecting critical functions of the research facility.  Value analyses performed by the team included:  cost of exterior skin elements; location of major mechanical and electrical equipment; high floor-to-floor height due to MEP requirements; efficient floor plate; and central plant vs. stand-alone systems.  The University accepted a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $125 million for construction costs.  When the project substantially completed below the GMP, the team returned significant savings to the owner, which resulted in additional work being incorporated into the project.

Client Testimonial

"The construction of the University of Pittsburgh's Biomedical Science Tower 3 involved a tremendous amount of coordination between the contractor, owner, equipment installers, and building users.  Mascaro Construction clearly paid attention to both the big picture and the details in order to construct this complicated and elegantly designed facility. ... The last stop on our tour was the mechanical mezzanine where multiple HVAC systems are located.  This huge mechanical area, while not open to the public, showed the same amount of care to construction quality that was evident throughout."

Michael R. Schade, AIA, LEED AP

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