- Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

September 15, 2009

Rock-based federal facility finished

Government job openings may be available in SR

By Carol Ann Gregg

Allied News Staff Writer

It might look like vanilla on the outside, but inside the new U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) National Training Center building in Slippery Rock is an explosion of state-of-the-art flavor.

The facility sits atop Scenery Hill behind Allegheny Valley School and Slippery Rock Hardware, off Grove City Road (Route 173). Pascoe Builders, New Castle, has spent the last nine months on the 25,300-square-foot project.

Frank Pascoe and his crew put the finishing touches on the office building before turning it over to the federal government this week.

“My sons and I had to go through the highest security clearances before work began on this building,” Pascoe said.

The reception area has video surveillance screens showing areas outside and inside the building.

“There is only one other building, in Clarksburg, W. Va., like this one,” said Robert Coulter, building management specialist, OPM. This building will be where interviewers – who investigate employee candidates for government positions – are trained.

Pascoe said that the project had to meet very strict specifications to meet environmental standards for green buildings and energy efficiency requirements.

“All the lights are controlled by body heat,” Pascoe said. “When someone enters a room the lights come on. When no one is there, they go off.”

On a tour through the facility, Pascoe pointed out many of the features that provide for flexibility in the use of the building.

The whole building has a suspended floor: A concrete floor was first poured. Above that is another floor with all the wiring for electric and communications in the space between. The carpet squares can be pulled up so computer access can be moved to another location in the room. The carpet squares can then be put back down, covering the first location.

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