Pittsburgh Firm to Construct ‘Signature Project in our Backyard’

Joseph B. Fay Co. to build new airport roadways, bridges

By Alyson Walls

Published January 31, 2022

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Longtime Pittsburgh contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. will be the lead builder for new roads and bridges to be constructed at Pittsburgh International Airport as part of the Terminal Modernization Program.

The $154 million contract awarded in December includes construction of new entrance roadways, bridges, culverts, retaining walls, drainage, utilities, traffic control and earthwork associated with the new 700,000-square-foot terminal and multi-modal transportation complex scheduled to open in 2025.

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Fay intends to hire numerous employees from local trade unions, including carpenters, cement masons, operators and Teamsters. They’ll also need additional staff such as project engineers, superintendents and crew supervisors, all while meeting the program’s 14 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirement.

“It’s a great opportunity for someone who’s looking to work on an exciting project in the Pittsburgh area,” said Ryan Surrena, Fay’s vice president of operations. “We’ll likely have over 100 employees onsite during peak construction seasons over the next three years, which will also include our subcontractors who will employ trades such as electricians and ironworkers.”

DBE subcontractors will be used for furnishing and installing rebar, seeding, coating concrete surfaces, lighting and signs, maintenance and protection of traffic, as well as painting of the bridges. DBE suppliers will provide such items as retaining wall panels, electrical items, fabricated bridge railings, fabricated bridge bearings and off-road fuel.

Fay has previously done work at Pittsburgh International Airport, including at the north side of the airfield near runway 10L/28R. (Image courtesy of Joseph B. Fay Co.)

Work is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022, and construction will last for approximately 36 months.

Now part of a large global parent company, S&B USA Construction, Fay has been an integral part of developing the infrastructure in Pittsburgh for 75 years.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to develop and modernize the airport that we all use for travel and to showcase our work to the community,” said Tyson Hicks, senior project manager, adding that Fay plans to use the latest in GPS technology on their equipment to enhance the safety of crews and identify underground utilities prior to excavating.

Fay has been involved in several recent large infrastructure projects in the region including construction of the Shell Petrochemicals Complex and the I-579 cap project now known as Frankie Pace Park, as well as previous work on the runways at PIT.

“This is a signature project in our backyard,” Surrena said of the new terminal roads and bridges package.

“Our employees feel great pride in improving the community in which they live. It’s a great experience when they are at the airport going on vacation with friends or family and can look out and tell them, ‘I worked on this. See that double decker bridge? I helped to build it.’”

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