Pittsburgh halts construction on UPMC's $1.5B hospital

Officials with the city of Pittsburgh halted construction work on UPMC's $1.5 billion hospital tower June 20, saying the health system did not have permits required for certain aspects of the project, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. 

About 150 construction workers had to walk off the job June 20 after the city Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections issued a stop work order. Construction was paused after contractors started suppression system, mechanical, electric and fire alarm work without necessary permits, according to the report, which cited a website that provides updates on development activity in Pittsburgh. 

Records indicate applications were submitted for such work though were still listed as "under consideration." 

"The general contractor and Pittsburgh Building Trades Council are working to get this resolved expeditiously," a UPMC spokesperson told the news outlet. 

Construction on the UPMC Presbyterian hospital tower in the city's Oakland neighborhood began two years ago. When complete, the 17-story, 900-000-square-foot facility will include 636 private patient rooms. 

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