CRANBERRY, PA-Top brass from the NHL's PittsburghPenguins and UPMC used ceremonial hockeysticks to break ground on their new $79-million UPMC Lemieux SportsComplex here on Wednesday.

The new facility will combine a UPMC health clinic with atwo-rink practice facility for the Penguins and will be located ata 12-acre site near the junction of Route 228 and Interstate 79.The property, which was once explored as a site for a regionalshopping center, is owned by developer GarySippel.

Expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, the project willtotal 180,000 square feet of space. The Penguins will shift fromtheir current practice facility in Southpointe. See story in thePittsburgh Business Journal.

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