Penguins-UPMC Sports Complex Breaks Ground in Cranberry

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Penguins and UPMC have recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the 180,000-square-foot UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that the$79 million project will feature a new UPMC sports medicine clinic, as well as a two-rink practice facility for the famous hockey team.

By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Penguins and UPMC recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the 180,000-square-foot UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that the $79 million project will feature a new UPMC sports medicine clinic and a two-rink practice facility for the famous hockey team.

The complex is slated to rise on the northeast side of Route 228 and Interstate 79, on a 12-acre property owned by developer Gary Sippel. Construction is expected to begin next spring and completed by the summer of 2015.   

President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, Executive Vice President Elizabeth Concordia and Vice President of Operations Albert Wright were among the UPMC officials who attended the October 2 ceremony, while Principal Mario Lemieux, CEO David Morehouse, GM Ray Shero, Coach Dan Bylsma and COO Travis Williams represented the Penguins. Other attendees included Gary Sippel, principal at Spectra Development; Jerry Andree, manager of Cranberry Township; and Bruce Mazonni, chairman of the Cranberry Township Board of Supervisors.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, connecting Mario Lemieux’s name to the new UPMC-Penguins sports medicine complex is invaluable for the health system giant.

“We spent a lot of time thinking about a name for the facility that would provide a level of distinction for what we believe is going to be a very special place. The Lemieux name is perfect as it epitomizes the excellence we hope to achieve in Cranberry,” Albert L. Wright Jr., vice president of operations at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside told the newspaper.

“It connects both the medical and hockey aspects of the new facility. And it’s a fitting tribute to a guy who has given so much back to the region,” added Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan.

Upon completion, the complex will be part of Sippel’s mixed-use Cranberry Springs project, which will also include retail, restaurant, hotel and office space.    

Photo credits: penguins.nhl.com