Chatham Plaza Renovations Receive Building Excellence Award


PJ Dick was awarded a Building Excellence Award for “Excellence in Craftsmanship - Exterior” from the Master Builders’ Association (the Western Pennsylvania chapter of Associated General Contractors of America) for renovations made to Chatham Plaza. This is a top honor in the Pittsburgh construction industry and the event attracts over 800 construction professionals.

In April 2007, PJ Dick was awarded General Contracting services for the demolition and reconstruction of existing landscape, hardscape and expansion joint assemblies of the Chatham Center garage rooftop. Demolition included the removal of all existing waterproofing, expansion joint assemblies, concrete paving, pavers, plantings, sod and all existing site amenities, including the fountain structure.

The existing waterproofing system was removed on the entire garage roof and replaced with a new, hot applied membrane system. PJ Dick self-performed concrete work, including 5,000 square feet of above grade, poured-in-place, exposed aggregate finished concrete planters, 630 linear feet of curbs and 33,000 square feet of concrete sidewalks. The ramped concrete work encased the new waterfall feature and centrally located fountain.

New site amenities include: concrete stairs, handicap accessible ramps, railings, tables, benches, plantings, grasses and fiberglass planters, as well as new handrails, landscape lighting, and lawn irrigation system. The focal features include a cascading water feature, as well as a rock formation fountain. PJ Dick’s scope of work also included the removal and replacement of the existing asphalt surrounding the City Center Marriot Hotel.

All of the work was completed in phases, limiting disruption to the daily vehicular traffic entering and exiting the complex from Washington Avenue, as well as pedestrian traffic between Two Chatham Center, Chatham Towers and the Marriot Hotel. The project was completed in August 2008.

Below, you can watch a video that documents how challenging this project was and how PJ Dick handled that challenge.