Hilton project may restart soon

Work on the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel’s long-stalled expansion is projected to resume within 10 days with a new, Miami-based construction manager.

The project that includes the addition of a third-floor indoor swimming pool to the Downtown landmark was halted in May 2009, when then-construction manager P.J. Dick pulled its people from the site due to nonpayment of bills totaling about $317,000.

TC Property Solutions, a Miami-based construction management company, said Thursday it is on the site and has secured steel fabricator Comm Steel of Cleveland to continue providing steel for the project.

“We were brought in to put a plan in place to get this project moving again,” said Frank Amedia, president of TC Property Solutions.

Following meetings with Comm Steel officials, architect Steve Berry and an engineering firm, Amedia said all parties agreed within the last two weeks what needs to be done.

“We anticipate that within 10 days, we will remobilize the site,” Amedia said. That means tightening the steel that is in place, moving around some that is onsite and bringing more from Comm Steel’s Cleveland facilities, he said.

“We really want to have the project enclosed before Thanksgiving,” Amedia said.

P.J. Dick has a $1 million lien against former Hilton owner Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh LLC. The company’s contract administrator, Dale Lostetter, said yesterday P.J. Dick isn’t sure what’s going on concerning the Hilton.

“We signed a settlement agreement with hotel ownership in December,” Lostetter said. “They’ve made some structural changes to the project’s plans. We’ve given them some proposals, but we haven’t heard back.”

Earlier this year, a new ownership group took over the Hilton. The group includes Tampa cardiologist and philanthropist Kiran Patel along with Atul Bisaria, the former owner and head of Shubh Hotels, and Jorge Perez, CEO of Miami-based The Related Group, one of the country’s largest builder-developers of condominiums.

Jay Lalwani, who represents Patel, referred questions to Amedia. Bisaria couldn’t be reached for comment.

Lostetter said P.J. Dick would remove the lien if terms of the settlement agreement were satisfied. He wouldn’t elaborate on terms of the agreement.

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