Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall – Library Park Groundbreaking Ceremony

Pictured from left to right: President Jeff Landau, ACFL&MH Board Member Chris Green, ACFL&MH Board Member Phil Boyd, Senator Wayne Fontana, Carnegie Mayor Stacie Riley, ACFL&MH Executive Director Maggie Forbes and ACFL&MH Board Member Vashista Bhaskar Photo credit: Bernadette Kazmarski (@bernadettee.kazmarski)

On July 8, 2021, a groundbreaking was held for the Library Park project at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) in Carnegie Borough PA . Landau Building Company will be the general contractor for the project which is a beautifully designed park that will connect “the Carnegie in Carnegie” to the lively main street below. It includes a meandering pathway lined with trees, sculptures, and sidewalks.

Landau Building Company began working at Andrew Carnegie Free Library in 2004. Each phase of work was contracted as funding became available. The renovations included restoration of the music hall, basement, lobby, elevator, as well as the façade, roof, windows, landscaping, retaining wall, and door repair.

The Carnegie Free Library has been serving the community since 1901 and is celebrating its 120th anniversary. You can learn more about the library and the renovations here:

New Space for CMU Osher Life Long Learning Institute

Landau Building Company has begun renovations of the Carnegie Mellon University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cyert Hall project. This 5,730 SF tenant space will be transformed into classrooms, lounge, conference room, offices, and an activity space. Upgrading restrooms to full ADA compliance is also part of the project. The project will be substantially complete by September 2021 and was designed by NEXT architecture. 
The project team pictured below:
Landau’s Superintendent Jeff Bono, Project Engineer Karin Martin, CMU Project Manager Janice Held and Landau’s Senior Project Manager Jeremy Bowlby.
Read more about the project and the people who have worked tirelessly to see this project come to fruition:

Welcome Project Engineer Karin Martin

Karin is our newest Project Engineer. Her responsibilities include preparing schedules, managing submittals, assisting the project managers, and coordinating with the superintendents and subcontractors.
Karin comes to Landau from Robert Morris University where she served as a Project Planner for 10 years. She has a degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has worked as a designer for her entire career, until now. The project she is most proud of is the design work on several condos at Seven Springs since they were the first additions to be approved by the association. Currently, she is assisting Senior Project Manager Jeremy Bowlby and Superintendent Jeff Bono on the CMU Osher at Cyert Hall project. Karin lives in Seven Springs and, when she can find time, likes to cook and play golf.
Join us in welcoming Karin!

Topping Off Ceremony at United Hospital Center

On June 14, 2021, Marks-Landau Construction held a “Topping Off” ceremony to celebrate the placing of the final beam of the United Hospital East Addition. This is a milestone in the construction of a 6 story, 40,023 SF addition to United Hospital Center located in Bridgeport, WV. Michael Tillman, Chief Executive Officer and President at United Hospital Center, gave a short speech. Following tradition, the beam was signed by stake holders and staff then an evergreen tree and the American flag was placed on the beam to be lifted.

Project Manager Doug Brenneman, Project Engineer Lindsey Bernazzoli and Superintendent Jonathan Muzina began the project in March 2021. Construction is anticipated to be complete in 2022. Nashville architectural firm Gresham Smith is the designer.

Chet Beres Promoted to Senior Estimator

Landau Building Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher (Chet) Beres to Senior Estimator.

Chet has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a Certificate in Transportation Engineering. He began his career at Landau in 2011 as a project engineer and assisted in the construction of more than 30 MedExpress facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Michigan, and New York. In addition, he was the project engineer for several ground-up construction projects including the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus in Armstrong County, PA and the new automotive dealership, CarSense in Cranberry Township, PA.

In 2013, Chet joined Landau’s estimating team. His previous experience has given him a strong understanding of the labor and management aspects of construction as well as how a project should proceed. Chet is also an integral participant in the preconstruction process and uses his knowledge of construction means, methods and materials to keep the project within budget while achieving the desired results.

Originally from Johnstown, he now calls Pittsburgh home. In his spare time, Chet enjoys working with his hands refinishing antique furniture and building new things. He also plays a few instruments and is most accomplished at the guitar.

United Hospital Center East Addition

On August 21, 2020, Marks-Landau was awarded the contract for a six-story addition to the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia.  The project will be substantially completed in March 2022. To prepare for the addition and immediately provide the community with additional imaging services, a temporary modular building with a new MRI is being installed. Marks-Landau provided foundations, utilities and site improvements for the project. Once the addition is ready, the MRI will be moved to its permanent location.  The modular structure will be removed and replaced with a new temporary imaging canopy for future use.

Designed by Gresham Smith out of Nashville, the 40,023 SF addition will add much needed space and the ability to offer more services on the growing UHC campus. The basement level or Garden Floor will be storage space for the pharmacy and clean linen. The first floor will become the new home for the MRI, and two new operating rooms will be built on the second floor. On the third floor, there will be space for mechanicals. On the fourth floor there are 14 exam rooms, a waiting area, doctors’ offices, nurse’s station, and staffing areas. Finally, the fifth floor will accommodate educational needs with new classrooms, a skills lab and offices.

Vincentian Schenley Gardens Renovation

Landau Building Company is in the process of renovating Vincentian Schenley Gardens located on Bigelow Blvd., in North Oakland, a residential senior living community for those who require a little help with daily living. Vincentian Schenley Gardens, a part of Vincentian Collaborative System, is a 5-story building with 164 one and two-bedroom apartments, meals, and a variety of social activities to ensure a pleasant living environment.

Work on the facility has been completed in phases with the first phase being a refresh of the dining room, a private dining space and an enclosed porch. Areas received new flooring, paint, lighting, ceilings, and comfortable new furniture.  Phase 2 included a renovation of a staff area including restrooms, kitchenette and lockers and is awaiting new appliances. Phase 3 will include an updating of the 1st floor corridors and will be completed sequentially to minimize disruption to residents.

As always, safety of the residents is our utmost priority. All infectious control measures are in place such as airtight barriers, negative air pressure machines and industrial air scrubbers to keep residents safe.

Residents have been enjoying the updated look of their living spaces. To see more of the amenities available at Vincentian Schenley Gardens click here:


WVU Medicine Children’s Annual Gala

The 2020 WVU Medicine Children’s Annual Gala was hosted on Saturday, February 8th at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place Hotel. The annual black-tie fundraiser, featuring the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Ryan Shazier as the emcee, was an evening to celebrate the achievements of the patients and staff. This year the money raised will go to the new children’s hospital being built, which is scheduled to open June 2021, as well as the “Grow Children Campaign” to support programming for children and their parents. Landau sponsored a table for this worthy cause and had a wonderful evening.

“Building Our Future” -East Liberty Presbyterian Church

Landau Building Company is pleased to announce the completion of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church renovations. The church is a defining landmark in the East Liberty community, and we are proud to have worked on such a beautiful and historic structure.

The project encompassed seven floors of the church, focusing on the “health” of the building – lowering energy usage and increasing indoor air quality. Over 40% of the project was mechanical/electrical upgrades to accommodate these improvements and reduced the Energy Use Intensity from 83.6 to 58.6. Improving the indoor air quality was incorporated for the health of the church employees suffering from asthma. Landau worked closely with Craig Stevenson of the AUROS Group for this portion, who was hired for his expertise in deep green services.

The remaining scope of work included relocation and renovation of offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces, as well as renovations of select restrooms and a remodeled dance studio. The Whitfield Street entrance was remodeled for better handicap accessibility, including a new ADA ramp and new glass entrances were installed on the southwest side of the church.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church was planning these renovations for years, calling it “Building Our Future” renovations. At the conclusion of the project, the church celebrated  during  Sunday worship service  and hosted a grand opening of the renovated spaces, including guided tours and speakers for each area and refreshments on every floor.

Welcome Randy Krueger

Landau Building Company is pleased to welcome Randy Krueger as Estimator.

Randy is joining Landau’s estimating team. He brings 15 years of experience as a cost estimator and project manager for commercial construction. Having worked for several construction companies around the United States and estimating projects up to $500 million, he comprehends all aspects of the construction process from preconstruction to project closeout.

Randy was born and raised in New Martinsville, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University Institute of Technology and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Randy has lived in several different places throughout his career, including Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C., Georgia and now Pittsburgh. In his spare time, Randy enjoys working out, reading and biking.