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Austinlee Dec 14, 2011 9:38 AM

PITTSBURGH | Development Rundown II
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Pittsburgh Developments Part Two

A dense CBD, squeezed between two rivers.
Credit: Flash

Oakland, the city's hospital, cultural and university center about 2 miles from downtown.
Credit: Flash

Tower at PNC Plaza

Follow the progress in the construction thread -

Budget: $400 million.
Being financed cash with no public assistance.
Size: 33 floors, Approx. 800,000 sq ft
Height: Approx. 544 ft
LEED: Platinum
Parking Garage: Approx. 135 spaces (underground)
Women and minority owned businesses: approximately $40 million
Economic Impact: Construction to employ 2,500 people with 500 at peak times

Design Phase Began – April 2011
Construction Begins – Spring 2012
Open for Business – Summer 2015

Owner: PNC Bank, National Association
Design Architect: Gensler Pittsburgh
Construction Manager: P.J. Dick
Engineer: Buro Happold
Green Building Consultant: Paladino & Company
Tenant: PNC + street level retail
Developer: PNC Realty Services


Source: PNC Bank/Gensler via Bloomberg

Photo-chop of how the tower might look from the newly renovated Market Square:

The Gardens

Construction thread -

18 stories - Construction due to start fall of 2012
$81.8 million multi use development overlooking Market Square.
The project which will be designed to be LEED certified, will be comprised of a Hilton Garden Inn hotel, 120,000 square feet of office space. The hotel building would be 11 stories, but the two first floors would be dedicated to retail shops and restaurants. The nine-story parking garage with 320 parking spots -- 200 of which would be public -- would be in one 18-story building.

Lot 24 - Strip District - 96 rental units
Phase 2 of the very successful 297 unit Cork Factory loft conversion across the street. Due to be move in ready by late 2012.

Otto Milk Factory

$20 million project
120,000-square-foot project will feature a pet washing facility, gym, courtyard, and business center.
Ranging in size from 800 to 3,600 square feet, condos are priced between $183,000 and $1.3 million. “We want a first-time buyer price range. Within 500 feet, you can go to a neighborhood pub, deli, club or high-end restaurant; We’re restoring the tower back to its original look. We’re keeping the majority of the existing structure and adding a contemporary connecting building.”
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The Odeon - 56 luxury apartments & first floor retail in East Liberty (Next door to the Highland Building)

Previously on the site of the new Odeon:

Salk Hall $54 million addition - Pitt campus - Oakland

Federal Reserve building - 717 Grant Street- Hotel conversion - $30 million project, 180 rooms. (Drury Inn & Suites)

Pitt graduate school of public health & Parran & Crabtree Halls addition - $32 million

Shops at Doughboy Square - $7 million - Lawrenceville

Doughboy Square - Townhouse infill project (Complete)

Doughboy Square apartment building - Infill

Crogan's Edge townhomes (Complete)

Hatfield Homes infill - Lawrenceville

Pitt - Nordenberg Hall dormitory - $59 million

East Liberty Transit Center - $52 million

Eastside Three - $200 million mixed use development - TOD next to new East Liberty Transit Center

Eastside 3 - Apartment building - Street level render

Eastside 1 mixed use development - East Liberty

East Liberty Place North

Homewood Station - Apartments/Adaptive Reuse of old Post Office facade

Lot 24 (Cork Factory 2.0) - Strip District (Completed)

Highland Building streetwall - East Liberty

Wholey Fish Market conversion - 144 Apartments

Locomotive Lofts - Lawrenceville - Luxury apartments (Complete)

"City Homes" concept - Strip District (Not condos or single family homes) - 1 million+

CMU - University Center expansion - $12 million

Pitt - Chevron building annex - $24 million

Ace Hotel - $37 million renovation of historic Kirkwood Hotel

CMU - Scott Hall $95 million

Shannon Transit Village - TOD - Castle Shannon - 128 high-end, residential apartment units, 14,000 square feet of retail, and 283 parking spaces connected directly to the Castle Shannon Light-Rail Transit (LRT) station.

Frick Art Museum expansion - $15 million

Frick Park - Addition

Iron City Brewery - Lawrenceville - $100 million redevelopment

Bakery Square 2.0 - Mixed use continued development

Bakery Square 2.0 - Apartment component

Office component

1100 Smallman Street - Strip District - 59 units (Where the strip meets downtown across from the convention center, right next to the Greyhound & Amtrak stations)

James Reed building - Conversion to Hotel Monaco, 249 rooms - Downtown

Alphabet City building - East Liberty

3700 Butler Street - Lawrenceville

Uptown Lofts - Aka Fifth Ave School conversion - Uptown (The Bluff) - Built in 1894 - $10.5 million

Energy Innovation Center redevelopment - $45 million - Hill District

Bailey Park Avenue townhomes - Mt Washington

Neff Street - Condos - Mt Washington

Articulation building - Shadyside

Morrow Park apartments - Baum & Liberty - 210 units

Bovie House - Ellsworth Ave - Shadyside

East End Community House - East Liberty - LEED certified

Crucible Apartments - factory conversion - Strip District

Falk School addition - Pitt

Federal Street townhomes - Infill - Northside

Hazelwood - $1 billion mixed use, riverfront master plan and development


Hot Metal Flats - 115 apartments - Southside Works

Hotel Indigo - east Liberty

Homewood Suites - Hotel on Smallman St in the Strip District

Hyatt - Bloomfield

Point State Park - $25 million rehab

Mellon Square park renovation - Downtown

Mon Wharf Switchback - Downtown

Oakland Portal - 2025 neighborhood plan

Piatt Parking Garage - Smithfield St - Downtown - Phase 1, new parking garage (L shaped) - Phase Two will be an apartment block on top of this structure

Art Deco Don Allen dealership - Conversion to grocery store - Bloomfield

Schenley Place - new office building - Oakland - 105k sq ft

Three Crossings - Strip District 299 units - Oxford Development

The Brix at 26 - Apartment conversion, former Goodwill building (Complete & fully leased)

Village Green - Apartment building, Southside Works - Facing river near the new Hyatt

PNC - Lantern Building

Mt Washington - Adaptive Reuse of school building as elder apartments

Mylan Labs - New HQ building - Southpointe

Zenith Ridge - Southpointe

Highmark medical mart - North Hills - $100 million

The Lantern Building

Eyesore block endcap building rehab - (The construction of the glittering 3PNC tower and the adjacent public 'Triangle Park' made this other little triangle structure stick out which is why they bought it and are turning it into something useful instead of a detractor)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Stadium

"The Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL PRO announced today the construction of a $7.5 million stadium to serve as a home field for the franchise. The stadium will be constructed in Station Square, Pittsburgh’s preeminent mixed-use entertainment complex, with a completion date set for summer 2012. The stadium will operate year-round and host games and tournaments in soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, and softball for youth, high school, college and pro teams, but will only have permanent field markings for soccer. It will also maintain the location as an outdoor venue for concerts and community events to replace an outdoor amphitheater that has operated on the site for years. The stadium will seat approximately 3,500 individuals on the south and east sides of the field. The north side of the field will remain open to the bike trail running parallel to the river as well as the City, which will create a breathtaking backdrop for the main event."

UPMC Center for Innovative Science - $294 million
Approx 350,000 sq ft located on the Bloomfield/Shadyside border
Located in proximity to the Hillman Cancer Center & UPMC Shadyside

Gilamonster Dec 14, 2011 11:15 AM

Excellent job PA Pride! Let's go Pittsburgh! :dancinglock

Austinlee Dec 14, 2011 11:42 AM


350 Fifth Ave l FT l 33 FLOORS OR the renovation of the Frank & Seder building

350 Fifth Ave will be located at the intersection of Fifth and Smithfield in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. It will require the demolition of the 7-story Frank & Seder department store, built in 1917.


33 Floors
772,000 sq ft of office space
$238M project cost
41 spaces of underground parking
Developer: Oxford Development
Architect: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design

Proposal construction thread -

Mt Washington - 1 Grandview Avenue | 20 stories | 200' tall

Construction thread -

"One Grandview will occupy a prominent corner atop Mt. Washington, overlooking the City of Pittsburgh, and defining the eastern edge of Grandview Avenue. The product of extensive community input and neighborhood support, this project will be located on the site of the former Edge Restaurant and help to stimulate economic and community development on Mt. Washington. The proposed mixed-use development includes a world-class, 200 room tower hotel, 7 tower residencies (2,800sf average), 43 hillside residencies (2,000sf average), spa and fitness center, meeting rooms, and fine-dining restaurant. The site will also feature a grand public terrace that will extend the Grandview promenade and offer unparalleled views of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers. Recognizing the importance of sustainable design, the entire project will strive to obtain a LEED Silver rating."
Photos: Desmone & Associates

Update as of 3/4/12 - Tribune Review
"A 25-story hotel and condominium project to be called One Grandview Avenue, overlooking the city from a site next to the Monongahela Incline, with an imaginative design by Desmone & Associates, a well-respected local firm."

Read more: Pittsburgh skyline might be in for an upgrade - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Edge restaurant, vacant for many years has been demolished. It remains to be seen if the developer can secure funding for this large project though.
"Four acres of land have been cleared between Wyoming and Sycamore streets off Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington in preparation for the One Grandview Avenue development."
Source: Tribune Review
"This ground-level view rendering shows the plaza and overlook to be built over the parking garage at One Grandview Avenue."
Source: Tribune Review

"Monangahela Tower" on Ft Pitt Boulevard

Approx 17 floors (Possibly more if awarded a height variance)
Approx 300,000 sq ft with 1st floor river view restaurant; Underground parking[/URL]

Recently finished large projects.

Three PNC Plaza
752,000 sq ft $200 million

The Tower at PNC will be built about center of the photo and 1 block back.
In the foreground is the newly rebuilt $5 million market square, one of the largest and most used public spaces in downtown.

The Gates Center for Computer Science & Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies
CMU campus - Oakland neighborhood
"One of nine projects worldwide to receive the 2012 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture, the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence."
$98.6 million project
217,000 square feet of offices, classrooms and collaborative spaces in nine stories, straddles a terrain with variations in elevation of up to 75 feet.

All photos by: Timothy Hursley

Consol Energy Center - New home of the Pittsburgh Penguins + Concerts & Large Events
Finished in 2010 for $321 million

August Wilson Center for African American Culture
The $36 million multidisciplinary center will house a 486-seat theater, education center and exhibition galleries. The 65,000-square-foot green building will also feature a café, gift shop and multipurpose space for community programs and events.

The $529 million North Shore connector for Pittsburgh's subway or "T", twin tunnels were bored under the river. It is scheduled to completed March 2012. Rides of the new segment are free for the first 3 years thanks to The Steelers organization and Rivers Casino uderwriting the cost. So go take a free ride!

Next 8 photos credited to forumer xchris125x

New Gateway Station

Allegheny Station

Rivervue is the adaptive re-use of the former Commonwealth of PA office building located across from Point State Park in the Golden Triangle. This renaissance era building will undergo a top to bottom transformation into 220 apartment units that cost over $40 million and will add life to Point State Park; Rents range from $1,050 - $5,500 per month.

Built as the Pittsburgh State Office Building and used as such until now, it was finished in 1955 with 15 floors at 218ft tall. 297,000 sq ft renovation.
Rear side with valet parking
Renderings source: ** link removed by moderator at request of target website **

Check this page occasionally for updates... ;) Stay tuned

Private Dick Dec 14, 2011 4:59 PM

Thanks for putting this up, PA Pride. Pittsburgh's looking good.

Those tunnels are cool.

themaguffin Dec 15, 2011 7:48 PM

Developer: Market Square groundbreaking by midsummer

-$76.6 million office and hotel project by midsummer

-95,000 square feet of office space

-175-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel

-23,000 square feet of retail space

-325-space parking garage.

-hoping to have the office and retail portions open by December 2013
- the hotel by March 2014


He said he already has lined up two tenants to take half the office space, but would not name either one. Millcraft also will be looking for "destination" type retail, as well as entertainment and restaurants, to fill the retail space.

Jonboy1983 Dec 15, 2011 9:17 PM

What exactly is meant by "destination" retail? Could that wording be any more vague? What is that, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Pier One Imorts, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc?

Regarding the dancing emoticon above, how about this for the latest Burgh development thread:


Also, this was in today's Post-gazette as well regarding the Tower at PNC:

Apparently this latest design will go before the city planning commission...

Plus, what are those interior pictures above? Is that the Fairmont Hotel and its lobby inside Three PNC Plaza? That looks stunning!

Dale Dec 15, 2011 9:33 PM

Why do you suppose that PNC is going to such pains to emphasize 'not dominating' ? To circumvent nimbyism ?

themaguffin Dec 15, 2011 9:43 PM

Destination retail tends to mean a unique location for a metro (one, not many locations)

Saks is a destination retail store (well not for much longer I guess)

I'm sure that they mean something smaller, like the chains that might occupy an upscale mall and or urban locations only.

Evergrey Dec 15, 2011 10:18 PM

Adding to themaguffin's commentary:

"Destination retail" is a common term in real estate. There are defined trade market areas for different types of retail. "Destination retail" draws shoppers from beyond traditional trade market boundaries. The IKEA in Robinson, for example, has long drawn shoppers from throughout PA, OH, and WV. That's a pretty extreme example... but REI, Saks, Container Store, Cabela's, etc. can all be considered destination retail.

A business district can be a "destination retail district"... people come from all over the Pittsburgh region to shop Shadyside's Walnut St. due to its concentration of upscale independent and chain retail. However, Carrick's Brownsville Road retail district is pretty much locally-serving.

Nobody's traveling for say... CVS, however. That is a type of retail that serves a very local population.

Gilamonster Dec 15, 2011 10:33 PM

The Millcraft Gardens looks like a solid project. It will bring some nice density to downtown as well as replace some old and aging structures along with a surface lot with a new structure. It is going to fly under the radar a bit with the Tower at PNC Plaza going up very close and the ongoing discussions and bickering with what will happen on the old Civic Arena site. I think this project is worthy of having it's own thread. Any takers?

themaguffin Dec 15, 2011 10:36 PM

I doubt it will fly under the radar in tha high profile location. Plus the arena area isn't changing soon and PNC isn't going up for a while.

Gilamonster Dec 15, 2011 11:09 PM

Well, we both have opinions, but even just look back at the last 20 pages in the old city discussion forum. There is much more discussion about the Tower at PNC Plaza and lower Hill District area than Millcraft Gardens. Also, demolition will be started on the PNC tower footprint before the Millcraft Gardens footprint. It is true that the central location will keep the Millcraft Gardens in the public eye once it gets rolling.
I have no idea how accurate that artist rendering of the Gardens is on However, considering that that is a fair representation of the buildings size and shape leads me to two observations; it is a very wide building and views of the new Tower at PNC Plaza from market square will be diminished before it is even finished.

Private Dick Dec 15, 2011 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by Evergrey (Post 5518146)

A business district can be a "destination retail district"... people come from all over the Pittsburgh region to shop Shadyside's Walnut St. due to its concentration of upscale independent and chain retail. However, Carrick's Brownsville Road retail district is pretty much locally-serving.

Hmmph... such elitism. To think that Brownsville Rd in Carrick doesn't have the cachet of Walnut St. in Shadyside.

TBone7281 Dec 15, 2011 11:23 PM


Originally Posted by Dale (Post 5518078)
Why do you suppose that PNC is going to such pains to emphasize 'not dominating' ? To circumvent nimbyism ?

I was wondering that myself. I saw it quoted that way in more than one place. Kind of an interesting choice of words.

MattofSloppyVariety Dec 15, 2011 11:38 PM

Not sure if anyone else has seen this yet, but this has an update as to the funding for the Carrie Furnace site.

Gilamonster Dec 16, 2011 12:00 AM

I don't get the impression at all that PNC is going out of it's way to call their new building "not dominating". I definitely don't think that the size of the building has anything to do with nimbies as questioned in a previous post. PNC has set a firm budget of $400 million and is sticking to it, at least for now. I think PNC does realize that there is some disappointment by the casual observer that the current proposal is roughly 7 floors shorter than the the very first and very preliminary renderings released to the public in May. Some PNC exec was quoted as using that term and is just saying in a creative way that the building won't be super tall. If you have seen this term many times, it is likely the original quote and/or article being reprinted and requoted.

Evergrey Dec 16, 2011 12:35 AM


Originally Posted by Gilamonster (Post 5518160)
The Millcraft Gardens looks like a solid project. It will bring some nice density to downtown as well as replace some old and aging structures along with a surface lot with a new structure. It is going to fly under the radar a bit with the Tower at PNC Plaza going up very close and the ongoing discussions and bickering with what will happen on the old Civic Arena site. I think this project is worthy of having it's own thread. Any takers?

I would like to see a Gardens thread in Highrise Proposals... as it appears to be tall enough. However, I don't recall ever seeing a height/floor count on this project.

Urbana Dec 16, 2011 3:12 AM

PNC has four new renderings up on their website. There is a new different design I have never seen before as well

mattejb Dec 16, 2011 3:29 AM

Images form PNC website look great. I really like the contrast of sharp and smooth surfaces.

TBone7281 Dec 16, 2011 3:34 AM


Originally Posted by Urbana (Post 5518544)
PNC has four new renderings up on their website. There is a new different design I have never seen before as well

I'm really liking this angle/render.

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