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Gilbane Building Company, Massaro Construction Group Break Ground at the University of Pittsburgh’s Arena and Sports Performance Complex

PITTSBURGH, PA — The joint venture team of Gilbane Building Company and Massaro Construction Group (Gilbane | Massaro) recently joined the University of Pittsburgh and HNTB to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new $240 million arena and sports performance complex (ASPC) at Pitt as part of the Victory Heights master plan.

“The University of Pittsburgh is honored to partner with Gilbane Building Company and Massaro Construction Group on this historic project,” said Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics at Pitt. “This state-of-the-art arena and sports performance complex will revolutionize our upper campus and provide championship-caliber competition and training facilities for Pitt student-athletes. I continuously marvel at the work being done on a daily basis and look forward to celebrating more exciting milestones with our great partners as the project continues to surge ahead.”

The 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena will be an athletic performance center for 16 out of 19 intercollegiate athletic programs at Pitt, representing more than 85% of the student-athletes at the university. The 240,000-square-foot facility will include a competition venue for volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling — three of the university’s nationally-ranked programs. The building will feature spectator facilities, food service, team practice facilities and locker rooms, sports nutrition, a weight room with space dedicated to sports science, and a sports medicine facility. Adjacent to the Petersen Events Center, the ASPC transforms the Oakland campus with open community space located on the roof with views of campus below.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the University of Pittsburgh on this iconic facility for student-athletes,” said Gilbane’s Pittsburgh Business Leader James Dudt. “The ASPC will support the tremendous amount of training that Pitt teams focus on to prepare for championship wins in a well-rounded way with critical nutrition, strength, and sports medicine spaces. Gilbane | Massaro is excited to build a new home for these teams that reflects and facilitates the dedication they bring every day.”

“Massaro has been working on the University of Pittsburgh campus since the 1970s,” said Massaro’s President Steven Massaro. “Our father and Massaro Corporation’s founder, Joseph A. Massaro, Jr., spoke often about how important it was to him and the firm to work for the University of Pittsburgh. Gilbane | Massaro is humbled and honored to be a part of helping transform the upper campus and propel the University of Pittsburgh to greater heights.”