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PHSD finance committee looks to scale back proposed press box

| Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 1:02 p.m.
Penn Hills Progress
Above, a conceptual rendering of the proposed press box for Yuhas-McGinley Stadium. School board finance committee officials have asked that the plans, estimated to cost more than $2 million, be scaled back. SUBMITTED ARTWORK BY ARCHITECTURAL INNOVATIONS

Members of the Penn Hills School District's finance committee don't seem to think that a potentially $2 million, three-level press box is necessary.

Finance committee members at their Jan. 28 meeting expressed some reservations after being presented with site plans from Architectural Innovations showing a three-level press box with a booster club/concession sales area on the bottom floor, a press level on the third floor and what was labeled a “board member viewing area” on the second floor.

Board and finance committee member Carl Barbarino said the initial set of drawings shown to the school board also included a press box with only two levels. Several committee members expressed an interest in eliminating the “board member viewing area.”

Barbarino suggested eliminating a level “and seeing where the cost is at.”

Business director Richard Liberto said he would poll the board before proceeding, and added he hopes to have the press box complete in time for the first home football game of the 2013 season.

The current press box, which Liberto said was built in the 1960s, must be updated to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, now that the rest of the stadium has been upgraded with new turf, new bleachers and a new scoreboard.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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