Construction of the new UPMC Pinnacle Memorial hospital on Loucks Road in West Manchester Township began in earnest over the holiday with a scheduled finish date of August 2019.
“Currently, we’re pouring footing and foundation walls,” said Paul Toburen, senior vice president of facilities for UPMC Pinnacle.
Design of the building is handled by Canadian firm Stantec alongside York-based engineering firm Barton Associates Inc. The hospital is also employing Hampden Township-based firm Dawood Engineering Inc. with Quandel Construction Group of Harrisburg acting as construction manager.
“We’re expecting to start steel, sealing the structural frame, within the next two months,” said Toburen. “Following the structural frame is concrete slabs, exterior wall systems which are precast in ribbon windows. Then we’ll have a building type enclosed by the end of the year.”
Alongside the 220,000 square-foot hospital will be a 75,000 square-foot office building with space for surgical and oncological work, imaging, medical offices and other support services for the main hospital. The complex will have 524 parking spaces.
Plans for the hospital were approved by West Manchester Township officials in July last year, pending a traffic study to see how the new facility will impact driving conditions in the area. Once submitted, the amended plans were approved.
PinnacleHealth acquired the site from Community Health Systems Inc. in March of last year and continued construction started by CHS.
The other hospitals included in the deal with CHS were York Memorial Hospital, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and Carlisle Regional Medical Center, all of which were brought under the UPMC Pinnacle banner after PinnaceHealth began its affiliation with UPMC in September.