Construction Portfolio

GSA-Elizabeth Kee Federal Building – Courtroom Chambers Renovation and AHU Replacement

James Construction begins the Elizabeth Kee Federal Building Project to renovate the offices for the Court Clerks on the first floor; renovate offices on the second floor for the Sr. Judge and staff, Magistrate Judge and staff, witness conference rooms, jury deliberation room and public corridors. The courtroom will also be renovated to raise the existing ceiling to the original historic ceiling height, and include a new functional layout by installing a new judicial bench, a new jury box, new gallery seating, and changing the judicial, jury, and witness entrances. Replacement of AHU equipment serving these areas are also included in the scope of work.

The Federal Building was built in 1911. Still in use by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; the U.S. Circuit Court for the Southern District of West Virginia met here until that court was abolished in 1912. It was renamed the Elizabeth Kee Federal Building in 1976. Elizabeth Kee was the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress from West Virginia.

The Islands at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is now open

The Islands at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is now open to the public. This new 22,000-square-foot exhibit will offer an immersive island atmosphere with cascading waterfalls, ponds, and the unique sounds of endangered animals. This new habitat is the home of the Philippine crocodile, Galapagos tortoise, Visayan warty pig and Clouded leopard. For more information check out the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s webpage at


Hilltop Community Healthcare Center Passive House Project nominated for a Master Builders’ Association Building Excellence Award.

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James Construction is proud to have our Hilltop Community Healthcare Center – Passive House Retrofit project nominated for a Master Builders’ Association Building Excellence Award. This project is one of 25 projects that will be featured at the 2015 Construction Industry Evening of Excellence, which will be held on Thursday, February 26 at the Heinz Field East Club. For more information follow this link to the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania website

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, WMAA Expansion & Renovation

WMMA1James Construction is responsible for the following general construction services for the WMAA Expansion & Renovation project; General Trades / Site, Metal Studs, Drywall & Exterior Envelope, Doors, Frames, Hardware, & Specialties, Floor Coverings, and Terrazzo & Ceramic Tile packages.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art was established in 1949 because of one woman’s vision.  Mary Marchand Woods, a long time resident of Greensburg, saw the community’s need for an important cultural institution.  To make this vision a reality, she bequeathed her entire estate so that a museum facility could be built on her family’s property in the heart of Greensburg.  The building, state of the art at the time, opened its doors in 1959. The staff and trustees of The Westmoreland have spent the last 20 years creating a museum experience that is both inviting and engaging to visitors.  In support of that vision, the Expanding What’s Possible Expansion and Endowment Campaign has been launched. This project will improve gallery space, expand educational facilities and enhance visitors’ amenities. The project, scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2015, is the most transformative moment in The Westmoreland’s history.  The expansion and renovation will create a state of the art facility, honoring Mrs. Woods’ vision of a world class cultural institution in the city of Greensburg and creating a building in which American art will be exhibited, studied and celebrated.

The project is scheduled for completion in March of 2015.

Follow this link to view the Time-Lapse Construction Video…

Hilltop Community Healthcare Center, Passive House Retrofit

Blower Door Test 04James Construction conducted a preliminary 2-blower door air leakage test at the Hilltop Community Healthcare Center, Passive House retrofit project.

Hilltop Community Healthcare Center is a satellite of the Sto-Rox Family Health Center in McKees Rocks.  Both Centers are Federally Qualified Health Centers.  Hilltop Community Healthcare Center provides adult, pediatric, women’s health, senior care, podiatry and lab services. Dental care is available through a referral to a local dentist.

The retrofit project, located in Mt. Washington, is a 7,400 square foot renovation of an existing structure to Passive House standards.  The renovations include 10 exam rooms to serve both pediatric and adult patients along with administrative and staff areas.  The project is intended to achieve LEED and Passive House construction and certification.  The project is scheduled for completion in June of 2014.

Saint Vincent College, Bonaventure Hall & Gerard Hall Renovations

StVCJames Construction was selected as the General Contractor for the Bonaventure Hall & Gerard Hall renovations project.

Saint Vincent College has announced that renovations totaling $1.8 million to enhance two campus residence halls will be completed in Bonaventure and Gerard Halls during the next two summers. The project will renovate the two upperclass residence halls, originally built in 1963, in two construction phases so that residents are not affected by activity during the academic year. The work will include renovation of more than 36,000 square feet of space in stairwells, hallways and restrooms with new carpeting, lighting, ceiling tile, doors and fixtures as needed.

Other features of the project include: The large windows on the entrance side of the building will be replaced with storefront-styled windows. A lounge on the ground floor of Gerard Hall will be enlarged to 48 feet x 56 feet and air-conditioned. A 30 feet x 25 feet stamped concrete outdoor patio will be added between the two buildings with a barbecue pit and outdoor furniture for student use.

Bonaventure Hall construction will start on May 12 and be completed by Aug. 1, 2014. Gerard Hall construction will start on May 11, 2015, and be completed by Aug. 7, 2015.  The project is scheduled for completion in August of 2015.

You can read the full details here.