AIRSIDE BUSINESS PARK
Moon Township, PA
The Elmhurst Group
Baker and Associates
Interior Fit-Out Architect
Desmone and Associates
This project consisted of two (2) three-story office buildings totaling 207,000 square feet on the site of the former Greater Pittsburgh International Airport. Also included was a two-story cast-in-place concrete parking garage, tenant fit-out and sitework. The Owner received bids for the conventional construction of a steel frame building with precast concrete exterior walls and an alternate for tilt-up exterior walls. Burchick Construction Company, Inc. saved the Owner $600,000 using the tilt-up method, the first of its kind in the Pittsburgh area.
Burchick Construction self-performed all of the sitework concrete, grading and storm water management system as well as all of the concrete tilt-up panels, building concrete and interior drywall, metal studs and acoustical ceilings. The end result was two (2) Class A office buildings with a unique look, which are now the models for future office buildings in the Airside Business Park.
Burchick Construction worked closely with the Owner bidding the office buildings on a Guaranteed Maximum Price basis and then returned savings on each phase. This was the first time that the tilt-up construction method was used for Class A office space in the Pittsburgh area. The tilt-up method required detailed coordination for the structural integrity of the full height three-story exterior walls with three hundred (300) openings. These panels were twenty (20) feet wide and forty-three (43) feet high, and weighed nearly fifty (50) tons. The concrete panels were poured on the building slab, and sequenced for erection to maintain the project schedule.
Upon completion of the first building, Burchick Construction then began the second building which was 30% larger than the first building. The second building incorporated additional tilt-up panels for the interior stairwells with precast stairs in order to expedite the project schedule. This phase also included a two-story, post tensioned, cast-in-place concrete parking garage.
By self-performing a substantial portion of the work, Burchick Construction was able to control and dictate the progress of the work for the Airside project. Using innovative concrete tilt-up panel technology, Burchick Construction expedited the project schedule, despite unfavorable weather early on in the project.