Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers

  • Project: New Cancer Treatment Center 
  • Owner: UPMC 
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  • Architect: Radelet McCarthy Polletta 

2014 MBA Building Excellence Award for Renovation Construction Under $10 Million

Landau Building Company completed construction of the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers on the fourth floor of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. As CM at risk, Landau coordinated budget, value analysis, department and personnel reorganization, bidding, equipment coordination, and construction for the state-of-the-art cancer treatment center. The 25,000 SF interior renovations included 12,000 SF of clinical space and 13,000 SF of treatment space with top-tier amenities, as well as a 4,000 SF outdoor terrace adorned with sculptured canopies, gardens, and a putting green. Natural finishes, including wood and stone, were used to create the atmosphere of an exclusive spa but at an affordable price point. Prior to construction, Landau evaluated several proposed finishes and architectural assemblies, as well as evolved drawings and specifications, and made recommendations to UPMC to maximize their budget. This collaborative effort with UPMC and architect Radelet McCarthy Polletta resulted in hard bids by subcontractors and material suppliers, yielding to budget pricing without concessions. Landau also coordinated a five-phase departmental relocation to vacate the fourth floor and improve efficiency and interactions among affiliated UPMC departments. Landau assisted with planning, site analysis, logistics, communication, and construction for the “domino moves” in preparation for an on-time start of the Mario Lemieux Center. Construction on the fourth floor officially began in May 2012, and the center was scheduled to open ten months later in February 2013. During construction, Landau identified several cost-saving opportunities, which created a budget surplus. Construction was completed two months early and at no added cost to the owner, without a single change order and under the original budget. The surplus allowed Landau to accelerate the project and accommodate a grand opening on December 18th, 2012.