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Mills on schedule

| Sunday, March 28, 2004

FRAZER: Despite the harsh winter, construction of the Pittsburgh Mills mall is proceeding according to schedule, company officials said this week.

They gave the following round-up of progress on the $285 million shopping-and-entertainment center under construction along Butler-Logan Road at the southern end of the township.

Grading is almost done, with the exception of 1 million cubic yards of dirt that still must be transported across Route 28 to fill in a valley along Tawney Run Road.

About 90 percent of the concrete foundation has been poured for the core of the mall building, which doesn't include the space that will be occupied by anchor tenants.

More than half of the structural steel girders have been erected for this part of the mall, and contractors are beginning to weld metal decking to these supports.

Roofing work will start later this spring.

In addition, the majority of the underground mechanical and electrical systems have been installed for the mall proper.

Construction also is underway on an Allegheny Power sub-station that will sit adjacent to Pittsburgh Mills and provide electricity to the shopping center and any peripheral development.

Finally, preliminary site work has begun on the new interchange off of the Route 28 expressway that will lead directly to the mall.

About 150 workers are on site daily, and earth-moving is still proceeding around-the-clock.

The feverish pace appears to be justified, as the grand opening of the mall could be less than a year away. In fact, shopaholics in the Valley may have something to celebrate other than St. Patrick's Day at this time next year.

A digital clock in the Mills construction trailer that counts down the minutes and seconds until the grand opening of the mall sets the target date as March 17, 2005.

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