Construction has begun on a new home for the Springfield Township Veterans of Foreign Wars, which lost its building in a Feb. 14 fire.

The slab is being poured and walls should start going up shortly, said James R. Bailey, commander of Stanley Snyder Post 7465.

The roof is supposed to be on by July 4, he said, with the building finished by the first Pittsburgh Steelers game, a Sept. 7 home contest against the Miami Dolphins.

Trinity Custom Homes, Slippery Rock, is building a 7,000-square-foot building that is slightly larger than the old house-turned-post on Brent Road.

The one-story building, which is going up on the site of the old one, will have a hall for meetings and events that can be partitioned by curtains, a bar, offices for the VFW and its women’s auxiliary and storage room.

“It will be more open so the bartenders can look through the whole place,” Bailey said. “It will be more convenient.”

There will be rest rooms separate from the bar that will be open for use by children playing ball at the post-owned field next door, he said.

The building will be handicapped accessible with a ground-level side door and parking lot.

The $350,000 budget is “basically what our insurance came out,” said Bailey, who had vowed not to incur debt for the project.

Westport Insurance Corp. still has not settled on contents — meaning the post has no budget for furniture — or employee salaries and loss of income, Bailey said, expressing his continued frustration with the slow pace of the insurance company’s response.

Local fire investigators could not determine a cause of the blaze, but ruled it accidental. They were able to save some military memorabilia from the burned post, and some billiards-related memorabilia was donated to adorn the area around the six pool tables.