Project Spotlight

West Penn Hospital Melanoma Lab

MBM recently completed the rebuild of the 9,000 SF West Penn Hospital Melanoma Clinic, adding seven new Melanoma exam rooms and two procedure rooms as well as seven dermatology exam rooms. After the Clinic was completed, MBM spent months getting the new lab area in the west tower ready for the new Virus Production lab. This state-of-the-art lab allows West Penn Hospital and Allegheny Health Network to create viruses and test onsite rather than sending out for testing. A new Air Handling Unit was lifted and placed on the roof as well as a new high plume exhaust system to handle the new lab requirements for the building. Spanning five floors, the duct work and mechanical piping now runs from an adjacent building up to the roof and then back down to the lab to make it function as designed.. 

Major Healthcare Facility Ambulance Entrance

A major Pittsburgh hospital provided MBM with an opportunity to service an existing pre-cast façade that overhangs the ambulatory parking bays. The existing structure consisted of a concrete precast that needed to be removed and replaced with a new EIFS façade. MBM provided a pre-survey scope of work that consisted of setting up safety scaffolding and opening pockets of the system so that RM Creative could take measurements for a new EIFS design. Once the design was completed, MBM coordinated with hospital leadership on a plan to minimize the impact to the facility while getting the work done quickly. The project consisted of two phases, approximately two months in duration each from start to finish. New EIFS, windows, roof flashings, and paint were completed on time and on budget. Challenges included keeping two of the four ambulance bays open at all times, while maintaining a safe, multi-elevated working platform.  

Friends of MBM

Nicole Duncan

Manager of Interiors and Equipment Planning

Allegheny Health Network

Nicole graduated from LaRoche University in 2004 and has spent the last 20 years working as an interior designer, lab planner and medical equipment planner. Nicole has worn many hats and her accumulated experience has led her to where she is today in the healthcare world. In her current role at Allegheny Health Network she manages the equipment planning, interior design and sign planning programs that support their construction projects. AHN self-performs many of these efforts, so their team is constantly balancing the pressure of standardization, planning and on-site execution. Nicole says it keeps them very busy and fulfilled. She is also very busy at home managing the schedules of her three children, Lukas, Miles, and Jaxston, with the help of her husband of 18 years, Brian. They also have a 14-year-old golden retriever named Renzi. As a family they enjoy traveling and taking their annual vacation to Edinboro Lake.

What has your experience been like working with MBM?

Over the years MBM has been a trusted partner for me personally my entire career. Some of my favorite moments include the numerous MBM/AHN think tank meetings surrounding the West Penn and Jefferson Imaging masterplans. The level of cross collaboration, brain power, strategic thinking, staging, and sequencing was and continues to be industry changing. I’m so proud to be part of these MBM/AHN collaborative efforts that include laser focus on delivering first class healthcare to our region. 


What AHN/MBM projects have been most memorable?

The Jefferson Hospital Emergency Room and Wexford Pediatric Services; both were pivotal projects in our network.


What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

When I’m not working, you can catch me at my kid’s sporting events, running and riding my Peloton. Music is my path to sanity along with pumpkin beer!

Tell us something most people don’t know about you…

I’m obsessed with numbers and number patterns. For example, my birthday is 10/12 and my husband’s is 11/13. His address as a kid was 1012. Our first house address was 464 and now we live at 646. Now that I think about it, maybe the number patterns find me!

Team MBM

Dennis Altavilla


MBM Contracting

After graduating from Baldwin High School, Dennis joined the Carpenter's Union at 17-years-old. Dennis started working at MBM 24 years ago and has led many sizable projects at MBM including the West Penn Hospital Melanoma Clinic & Lab, Western Psychiatric Hospital Patient Restrooms, and various projects at Shadyside Hospital, Four Allegheny Center, Canterbury Place, PNC Bank, and Allegheny General Hospital. Dennis and his wife Sarah have three children and are also new grandparents. Their daughter Olivia is a Registered Nurse, their youngest daughter Sophia is a Licensed Cosmetologist, and their son Dennis Jr. is in the Carpenter's Apprenticeship program and also works at MBM.

What aspect of your role do you like the most?

My favorite part of my role is the initial layout, which is the part I do by myself. I like to be the first one there and make the first marks on the ground. A clean piece of paper, so to speak, to start our work of art. 

What were the biggest challenges during the WPH Melanoma Lab project?

The biggest challenge on the Melanoma Lab was fitting everything needed into the tight space of a building that is over 100 years old and all masonry construction. 

What has been your favorite project at MBM?

My favorite project was the Western Psychiatric Hospital patient restrooms. It makes me appreciate what I have, who I have around me, and how precious life is. 

What advice would you give to recent MBM hires?

My advice would be to always pay attention to what is going on around you.

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