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Outdoor construction on track for UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry

| Thursday, April 24, 2014, 11:52 p.m.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Workers put up structural steel on site at rink one (south rink) of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Thursday, April 24, 2014. This will be the Pittsburgh Penguins' new practice rink.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Rich Hixon, executive director of strategic planning for the Pittsburgh Penguins, answers questions from the media at the site near rink one (south rink) of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Thursday, April 24, 2014. This will be the Pittsburgh Penguins' new practice rink.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
About 60 percent of the structural steel for rink one (south rink) of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is erected at the site in Cranberry Thursday, April 24, 2014. This will be the Pittsburgh Penguins new practice rink.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
About 60 percent of the structural steel for rink one (south rink) of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is erected at the site in Cranberry on Thursday, April 24, 2014. This will be the new practice rink for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The steel skeleton of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is rising above the northeastern corner of Route 228 and Interstate 79 in Cranberry, and the facility is on track to open in June 2015, Penguins official said on Thursday.

Construction began this month in the Cranberry Springs development.

“Right now we're on schedule, so that's good news,” said Rich Hixon, executive director of strategic planning for the Pittsburgh Penquins.

Workers have laid two concrete pads. Steel support structures for the facility are going up throughout the week. Hixon said the goal is to have everything under cover before winter, when crews will begin internal work.

P.J. Dick of Pittsburgh is the lead contractor on the $70 million medical and hockey facility. The complex will include a two-story, 185,000-square-foot facility with the two ice rinks for amateur hockey, figure skating and public skating when not in use by the Penguins.

The Penguins will have an NHL-quality locker room and weight room and use of the rinks for practice sessions; training and development camps; and youth clinics. There also will be 14 locker rooms available for amateur and high school hockey teams.

The facility's sports medicine center will have 24 exam rooms and six teams of physicians to care for everyone from “little league up to elites,” said Dr. Vonda Wright, orthopaedic surgeon at UPMC's Center for Sports Medicine.

“Nothing else exists quite like this,” Wright said.

The facility is modeled after the Pittsburgh Steelers UPMC Center for Sports Medicine in the South Side.

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