First a Pandemic, Now Rising Prices Complicate Pittsburgh-area Construction Projects

Denise Gillin News

By Mark Belko for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rising construction costs represent the latest challenge facing local developers and contractors as they seek to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a panel discussion Thursday, representatives from the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, the Elmhurst Group and Rycon Construction said increases in the price of structural steel, copper, wood and other materials have had an impact on projects.

“It has been a challenge. I don’t see it going away any time soon,” said Brian Miller, director of development for the Elmhurst Group.

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