UPMC plans to build a 175,000-square-foot sports medicine complex and training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Cranberry Township. The building would have two ice rinks — one would be used exclusively for the Penguins while the other would be for high school teams, tournaments and community events.
CRANBERRY TWP — A senior official from UPMC on Monday night for the first time publicly talked to the township about the company’s plans to build a new sports medicine facility here. The building would be owned by UPMC but leased to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a practice and training facility. The 175,000-square-foot building would be built on the southeastern side of the township near Route 228 and Westinghouse Electric’s headquarters. According to Roger Altmeyer, the community project development director for UPMC, the sports medicine complex would be similar to one used by the Steelers on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Two rinks would be on the second floor of the complex. One would be used exclusively by the Penguins while the other would be for high school teams, tournaments and community events. One of the rinks would include seating for up to 1,500 spectators, he said, while there also will be retail and concessions space. The lower floor of the complex would be for medical offices designed to offer treatment for sports injuries and medicine. Altmeyer said Monday night during a 15-minute presentation that his developers have designed “an attractive building” that will have the look of a stylish office building. It will be built primarily of brick, glass and aluminum panels. Altmeyer said the building will have separate entrances for the public and for the players. The front of the building will be open to the public, while Penguins players and staff will have to enter a card-controlled secure door at the rear of the building. There will be a 50-space parking lot in the rear for players and staff. In addition, there will be shrubbery and fencing in the back of the building requested by the Pittsburgh Penguins to minimize attention. “As much as we can, we want to minimize the paparazzi, if you will,” Altmeyer said. The planning commission took no action Monday night on the project. It will make a recommendation to Cranberry Township supervisors. The sports medicine complex won’t come up for a vote until the commission meeting in August at the earliest. The sports complex is part of the plans for the Village of Cranberry Woods, which also will have two hotels, a large apartment building, townhouses, an office building, a parking garage and retail space. Each hotel will have more than 100 rooms. The plans call for the 566,990-square-foot development to be on 57 acres along Longtree Way and Franklin Road. The Village of Cranberry Woods will be built by FRA Development of Cranberry.