Duquesne, UPMC to present major medical facilities to the Pittsburgh Planning Commission

PITTSBURGH — What’s likely Oakland’s biggest new construction project in years, at least in terms of total square footage, is on the agenda for a briefing of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission at its March 8 meeting, according to agenda materials.

That would be the 900,000-square-foot bed tower at UPMC Presbyterian at 3701 Fifth Ave. in Oakland. It’s a project UPMC has previously indicated will be for a new heart and transplant hospital which the health system has been updating local community organizations about in recent months. Agenda materials for the upcoming planning commission meeting only refers to it as a bed tower.

Agenda materials show renderings of a structure to reach 18 stories, and include 636 private beds, along with more than 200,000 square feet of parking to provide spaces for 450 cars.

Another major new medical facility is also on the agenda for the March 8 meeting of the Pittsburgh Planning Commission. Duquesne University will present its plan for its new College of Osteopathic Medicine slated 1323 Forbes Ave. at its campus in Uptown.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Business Times.