|Saint John's Cathedral Center|
On March 3, 1978 an option was signed to purchase 15.637 acres of land on Greentree Road in Munhall, 10.497 acres from Olga M. Sutch and 5.140 acres from Raymond and Ann Lippay for the sum of $160,000.00. The Lippay parcel of land was deeded on May 26, 1978 and the Sutch acreage deeded on July 11, 1978.
On March 30, 1979 a house on a twohundred by fifty foot lot on Hamilton Road and adjacent to the previous purchased acreage was obtained for $25,000.00 from Rose Hum phrey. The Greek Catholic Union provided the Church with a $25,000.00 loan.
Edward F. Horley, Registered Architect was approached in July, 1979 for preliminary discus sions of plans for the Center. The Gateway Engineers, Inc. provided aerial topographical surveys of the property from the aerial photographs taken by George M. Serechin.
A Building Fund Campaign Committee was established from parish volunteers with the first meeting held in the Church Lounge on July 30, 1979. The successful campaign was concluded on September 1, 1979.
On December 19, 1979 a formal contract was made with Edward F. Horley and Associates and Paul Charles Apostolou and Associates to design the new Center. However, Edward Horley became ill and Paul Apostolou assumed the complete responsibility of the building design.
In May, 1980 Hannigan Consulting Engineers were contracted to investigate the subsurface conditions at the site of the center construction. On June 24, 1980, eight Core Borings were completed by the Soils Engineers of the Lambert Drilling Company with a complete report of the foundation investigation submitted on July 1, 1980.
Preliminary Drawings were made and presented to a parish meeting on May 11,1980 for review and approval.
Site drawings were completed on July 10, 1980 and bids were invited for earthwork con tracts which included the clearing of wooded areas, preparing the elevations for the site of the Center construction, a main surface drainage system to be installed flowing 500 feet from the west to the east boundaries of the property, and the ancillary earthwork and grading of the entire area of the property. This was a major site excavation, earthwork and grading contract.
Olga Sutch sold the church an additional 1.236 acres of land on July 6, 1980 for $12,360.00.
Groundbreaking Ceremonies were held on Sunday, August 3, 1980 with the Archbishop Stephen J. Kocisko turning the first shovel of ground.
Emery Tree Service began cutting and grubb ing trees on the property in August, 1980. A contract was made with Kennedy Contracting, Inc. on September 8, 1980 to complete the earthwork.
Final drawings of the proposed Center were completed and invitations were sent to Contrac tors to bid the construction in November, 1980. Contracts were awarded on December 19, 1980 to the Massaro Corporation for the General Contract, Steel City Piping Company for the Plumbing Contract, Tico Electric, Inc. for the Electrical Contract and on December 29, 1980 with A. R. Scalise for the Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Contract.
The General Contractor began moving their equipment on the site the week of January 5, 1981 and began the foundation work that week. The erection of structural steel began the end of March, all roof penetrations made by April 10 and the building closed-in by April 20, 1981. Roof top units were installed by the HVAC Contractor May 14, 1981 and gas lines on May 21, 1981. On July 23, 1981 the Construction trailer was removed from the site and on August 1, 1981 a Punch List was established to com plete the work.
A loan was negotiated with the Greek Catholic Union in the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars for the construction of the Center.
An Open House took place on November 1, 1981 and the first public activity, St. John's Cathedral Parent Teacher Guild Fashion Show Luncheon, was held on November 7, 1981.
St. John's Cathedral Center is solemnly blessed and dedicated on May 23, 1982.