Before the pandemic, Rivers Casino started a massive addition to its distinctive presence on the North Shore riverfront — a $60 million privately-funded hotel.

Now, after a 15-month hiatus due to the pandemic, the project is up and running again.

Cranes from local contractor Massaro Construction Group returned to the site this week and steel beam framing should go up within days.

“We’re excited to get The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh back underway,” says Bud Green, assistant general manager of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. “It’s been a long time coming, and we’re eager to add this new hospitality venue.”

The seven-story building will have 219 guest rooms and will connect to the Rivers Casino on the east facade, facing the Carnegie Science Center.

The project is expected to add 128 permanent hotel and casino jobs, as well as 1,400 temporary construction jobs. There will be 10 luxury terrace suites with private patios.

The hotel was designed by VOA. Klai Juba Wald is the executive architect for the hotel and related renovations, with planning and landscape design by the Pittsburgh office of Strada.

“We’re very proud to be part of the city’s economic reboot,” says Steve Massaro, president of Massaro Corp. “The Landing Hotel will be a perfect complement to Rivers Casino and a welcome new addition to Pittsburgh’s skyline.”