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    Buttermilk Falls Bridge and Access Stairs Project Receive Eagle Award

    5/21/2018
    The new Bridge and Access Stairs at Buttermilk Falls in New Florence, PA was recognized by The Associated Builders and Contractors of Western PA with their prestigious Eagle Award at the 45th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet held Thursday, May 17th at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.  This is the highest award bestowed on construction projects for excellence by the Associated Builders and Contractors.
     
    The architecture firm, Thomas R. Harley Architects, LLC of Indiana, PA designed the 38’ bridge that allows park visitors to cross Hines Run and a unique series of steps and platforms to proceed down below and then actually behind the falls. The bridge was named ‘The Eclipse Bridge’ as it was set in place just as the total eclipse of the sun occurred on August 21, 2017.  Tom Harley stated, “The use of the open weave netting on the railing system along with the wooden steps will disappear into the environment which will allow this natural area to remain natural while still providing safe access to behind the Falls.”
     
    Vince Building Company of Greensburg, PA constructed the bridge and the access stairs. The construction was challenging because of the area’s steep slopes and limited access as well as the sensitive habitat for native plants and the Seal Salamander.  Digging the pier foundations for the bridge and stairs was accomplished with hand tools.  Five gallon buckets full of soil were carried out and the timbers and stone fill was carried in using manpower.  Vince Fontana of Vince Building Company stated, “A true team spirit with the park director and the architect that made this project successful”.
     
    The project was conceived by Ed Patterson, Director of Indiana Parks & Trails in response to the popularity of Buttermilk Falls as documented by over 18,000 visitors to the falls last year alone. The County Commissioners were also honored at the dinner with an Eagle award. The project was funded and coordinated through Indiana County Parks & Trails and the Indiana County Commissioners.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:58:00 -0400

    Township continues to resist bridge

    BLACK LICK — The Burrell Township supervisors have continued their resistance to county plans for construction of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Route 22 as a link in a regional trail system.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:56:00 -0400

    Bridges, drainage issues brought to Wolf's cabinet

    PennDOT plans for two Indiana bridges and sewage backups in area homes were among issues raised by local residents and officials during Tuesday’s “Cabinet in Your Community” forum at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the Indiana University of…
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:54:00 -0400

    ARIN reorganizes board members

    ARIN Intermediate Unit 28’s board of directors reorganized Tuesday night, electing John E. Sutila of Penns Manor Area School District as its president for 2018-19 and Dr. Frank C. Prazenica Jr. of Freeport Area School District as vice president.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:56:00 -0400

    Plans for sewer overhaul underway

    BLACK LICK — Groundbreaking could take place as early as this fall for an $11 million overhaul of the sanitary sewage treatment plant serving the northern section of Burrell Township.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:49:00 -0400

    Indiana County Entertainment Center

    Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:48:00 -0400

    Indiana Players to present summer teen show

    The Indiana Players will present its summer teen show, “4am the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and June 29 and 30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 1 at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, Indiana.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:47:00 -0400

    Grist for the Mill to perform

    Grist for the Mill will perform at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park in Indiana as part of the annual Concerts in the Park series.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:44:00 -0400

    Regional Entertainment Center

    Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:24:00 -0400

    Ex-youth center worker gets 10 to 25 years in abuse case

    LANCASTER (AP) — A former employee at a Pennsylvania county youth detention center has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison following convictions of sexual abuse of juveniles in the facility.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:22:00 -0400

    Road closed for utility work

    A utility construction project will keep a road in White Township closed to traffic today.
  • Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0000

    Viewpoint: National party turns its back on an entire segment of economy

    Last week, the Democratic National Committee voted to ban donations from fossil fuel companies. That is a horrible way to demonstrate to working-class Americans that the Democrats have learned from the 2016 election.
  • Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0000

    Viewpoint: Why the future of American health care depends on trade schools

    Among the many challenges facing the U.S. health care industry, one of the least-discussed hurdles may end up having the biggest impact: the employment gap.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:53:39 +0000

    Developer to present plan for new phase of 443 apartments on Strip District riverfront

    Cleveland-based developer on the planning commission agenda to expand multifamily on Allegheny riverfront as it works to complete Edge 1909 first phase.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:36:06 +0000

    F.N.B. expanding in South Carolina

    F.N.B. Corp. is expanding its presence in Charleston, S.C., with three new branches and a downtown regional hub. Based in Pittsburgh, F.N.B. (NYSE:FNB) is the second-largest bank headquartered in Pennsylvania. It entered the Carolinas last year through the acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based Yadkin Financial, which gave it a very small presence in South Carolina. “Our new locations in Charleston will enable us to better serve commercial and consumer clients in one of the southeast’s fastest-growing…
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:53:22 +0000

    Spat between drillers, PUC cuts $6M into state's impact fee

    Under the 2011 Act 13 that established the impact fee, stripper wells are exempt from the impact fee.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:51:36 +0000

    Giant Eagle debuts in-store Ace Hardware

    Giant Eagle officially opened its Ace Hardware store-within-a-store concept on Thursday. At the North Huntingdon location, Giant Eagle now features 8,392 square feet dedicated to home improvement, according to a news release. This is the first of four locations that will be renovated for the partnership between the two companies, which was announced in April. Hardware, lawn mowers, chainsaws and an expanded section of pest control, household cleaning supplies, batteries, light bulbs and air filters…
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:49:21 +0000

    NAIOP Pittsburgh taps Allegheny Conference government affairs exec as new leader

    NAIOP Pittsburgh has hired Brandon Mendoza, a manager of government affairs at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, as its new executive director.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:42:34 +0000

    Off the drawing board: Cool regional architectural projects

    Area architects discuss the cool and interesting projects they are working on around the Pittsburgh region. From schools to offices, libraries to labs, unique design ideas abound. Take a tour through these projects by clicking on the gallery above.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:40:45 +0000

    ATI's Harshman on new technology, jet engines and Trump's tariffs

    Richard Harshman spoke at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Huntington Breakfast Briefing June 21.
  • Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:28:39 +0000

    Beauty Shoppe owners converting Lawrenceville building into new co-working space

    Fast-growing co-working operator pursuing first redevelopment project in Lawrenceville.
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