Local, Regional Contractors to Play Major Role in Building Project

Local and regional contractors have received more than 58 percent of the work associated with Elk Regional’s $10.3 million building and expansion project, an infusion of at least $5.99 million into the local economy and a strong commitment to the local workforce by Elk Regional Health Center and the project’s general contractor, Leonard S. Fiore Inc.

“Elk Regional has a very proud history of working with local contractors,” said Gregory P. Bauer, the President and CEO of Elk Regional Health System. “When the time came to choose a general contractor to build our new floor, the administration and Board of Directors wanted to choose a company whose dedication to the local workforce was strong. Investing in local companies keeps local residents employed. That’s important to us.”

Elk Regional’s Board of Directors recently chose Leonard S. Fiore Inc. of Altoona as the general contractor for the building project.

“They were the most cost-effective choice, which allows us to wisely and carefully spend the money our community so generously donated through The Elk Regional Capital Campaign,” Mr. Bauer said. “When it became apparent that Fiore was the lowest bidder, we immediately opened a dialogue with Fiore’s senior managers to encourage them to work with local companies. We have been thrilled with their response.”

Patrick M. Irwin, the Vice President of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. said the use of local subcontractors has long been a company priority.

“It makes sense to stay local whenever you can,” Mr. Irwin said. “Local craftsmen logically have more invested in a project than those who must travel to an area only for work. They usually are dedicated to their local community, which translates to a vested interest in the success of each project. Local craftsmen also add a great deal of value to a project in terms of local knowledge and expertise.”

“Local contractors still have to compete, of course,” Irwin added. “When committing to a contractor, they must demonstrate to us that they are capable of quality work within the constraints of a budget and a schedule. We believe that these contractors and suppliers exist in the local area and are confident in the quality of their work.”

Local and regional subcontractors who will take part in constructing Elk Regional’s new floor include Daghir Construction of St. Marys; DuBrook Inc. of St. Marys; Elco Electrical Co. of Ridgway; Steger Masonry Inc. of Ridgway; Overdorf Mechanicals Inc. of DuBois and Glass Erectors Inc. of Reynoldsville. The project’s architect is KTH Architects Inc. of DuBois. Approximately 10 percent of workers directly employed by Leonard S. Fiore Inc. are residents of the wider region served by the hospital.

In addition to the nearly $6 million in work already committed to local contractors to date, Leonard S. Fiore Inc. will also purchase general building materials from local outlets.

This strong commitment to local businesses underscores Elk Regional’s status as one of the region’s most important economic engines. With 1,100 employees, Elk Regional is the largest employer in Elk and Cameron counties. The Health System boasts an annual economic impact of more than $141.1 million.

“Elk Regional is one of the biggest economic anchors in this region,” Mr. Bauer said. “Our spending supports businesses both locally and regionally, allowing them to employ people who live right here in our community. Support for your local hospital translates into support for its patients. But more than that, supporting your community hospital means you are supporting the local workforce and the local economy.”

As a result of the building project, part of the hospital’s surgical suite will be redesigned in favor of a new maternity unit. A new third floor that will house 42 new, private patient rooms and a new geriatric behavioral health unit will be added to the Health Center.
Construction began July 5 and is expected to last through the end of 2012.

For more than half a century, Leonard S. Fiore Inc. has helped to build the communities in which people work, live and play. From the company’s headquarters in Altoona, Pa., they have expanded their general contracting operations throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including projects in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and beyond. For more information, visit Leonard S. Fiore Inc. online.