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ATA: Work on transit center is right on schedule

March 9, 2012

One of the sub contractors for J.C. Orr works on a brick wall inside the the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center building which is under construction on North Findley Street. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Construction of the Area Transportation Authority (ATA) Punxsutawney Transit Center in Punxsutawney continues on schedule and possibly a little ahead, thanks to mild winter weather this year.

Crews are running on a tight schedule to complete construction of the new center along North Findley Street, said John Lacny, ATA public information director.

“Construction is three-quarters complete and is right on schedule,” he said. The brick being placed on the building matches the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission’s brick style that was seen on the former buildings.

Even the bric-a-brac, which is part of the facade that runs on the top of the building, matches the facades from that era, said Gabriel J. Uljon, ATA director of facilities and stationary equipment.

A lot of attention was paid to the details of the building, including the windows, which are small and white and also mirror those from the era.

He said once the building is completed, the lobby area, located in the center of the building, will be beautiful, with the concrete floor stained to offset the walls.

Uljohn said there are 8,000 square feet of retail and office space available for lease on the second floor.

The lobby will have seating for ATA customers to relax; restrooms; a driver’s lounge; and a small office, Uljohn said. Buses will be parked outdoors at the rear of the site.

The Punxsy Transit Center should open for business in June.

There were some delays around Christmas because of the weather, Lacny said.

Bob Grata, site supervisors for J.C. Orr, the contractor for the center, said the middle has helped keep the project on schedule.

“As the plastic comes down from the front of the building, residents will see how beautiful the Transit Center is,” he said. “We pump heat under the plastic, which allows the concrete to set up and dry.”

Lacny said Coletta Corioso, ATA chief financial officer, is the person to contact for anyone who would be interested in leasing one of the office or retail spaces. Call 877-777-7304.

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