University of Pittsburgh moves ahead with $58 million in renovations

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The University of Pittsburgh is on track for $58 million in renovations and improvement projects, including a $34 million upgrade to Clapp Hall and a $10 million upgrade to the Cathedral of Learning elevators.

The property and facilities committee of the Pitt board of trustees today approved the renovation and upgrades, which are expected to create 307 on-site construction jobs and 123 support jobs.

The work at Clapp Hall, which houses the biological sciences department, is expected to result in a LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency and other environmentally friendly technology. It includes a full interior renovation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and telecommunications systems and upgrades and reconfiguration of laboratories, classrooms and offices.

It also includes exterior work, such as repointing the masonry and replacing the roof, windows and doors.

The cathedral elevators have not previously undergone a major renovation. The upgrade is expected to reduce waiting and travel times and be more energy efficient.

Also included in the total is a $5.5 million renovation to the 13th floor laboratory in the Chevron Science Center, a $5 million upgrade to the cooling and electrical systems at the Network Operations Center at the RIDC East and a $3.9 million installation of a helium recovery system in the mid-campus complex.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.

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