Monthly Archives: April 2012

Post-recession job rankings rule in favor of Texas and Pittsburgh

Source:  The Business Journals

Post-recession job rankings have ruled in favor of both Texas and Pittsburgh.  The Business Journals recently reported Pittsburgh has added 10,500 private-sector jobs since early 2008, putting it with Houston (up 49,500) and Austin (up 29,600) in the exclusive club of major markets with four-year gains of 10,000 jobs or more.

“These statistics prove what we already know, Pittsburgh is a phenomenal place to conduct business,” said Patrick Sentner SIOR, Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.

“Certainly this type of job growth, along with continued growth in real GDP, and increases in corporate profits, will drive the U.S. recovery from the 2008 financial disasters,” added Gregg Broujos, Managing Director and Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.

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Green Building Alliance searching for green-minded building owners

Sources: Pittsburgh Business Times, Green Building Alliance, Eco Home Magazine, Architecture 2030

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) is on the lookout for ambitious, green-minded building owners Downtown, and perhaps in parts of the North Shore, to be founding members of a pilot program they are developing to commit to the goals of the national Architecture 2030 challenge.

Architecture 2030 is encouraging progress within the Building Sector toward reaching the carbon-reduction goals outlined in the organization’s 2030 Challenge.  According to data released from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) projections to the year 2030 show estimates of residential and commercial building energy use in 2030 have been dropping since 2005–and are projected to reach a 70% reduction due to improved design and performance measures, even with a 38.6% projected increase in U.S. building floor area within the same period.

The Architecture 2030 Challenge sets a target goal of achieving carbon-neutral performance in 2030.  That means no fossil-fuel, greenhouse gas-emitting energy needed to operate for any newly constructed building. For existing buildings, it’s a bit tamer but not by much.

The primary purpose of the local effort, presently coined “Pittsburgh 2030 District” on GBA’s website, will be to prove investments in energy efficiency, water efficiency and occupant satisfaction result in cost savings. GBA will build a collaborative to develop and share best practices, innovative products and techniques, and alternative financing options.

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Colliers International | Pittsburgh’s John Bilyak Receives SIOR Designation

John Bilyak SIOR, CCIM

John Bilyak, Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, has been awarded the Specialist in Industrial and Office Real Estate designation (SIOR) by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®.  John is responsible for industrial tenant and owner representation at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.

“There are very few brokers in Western Pennsylvania with both the SIOR and CCIM designations,” said Gregg Broujos, Managing Director and Founding Principal of Colliers International | Pittsburgh.  “John’s commitment to obtain the SIOR designation in addition to the CCIM honor is another example of Colliers International | Pittsburgh’s dedication to accelerating the success of all our clients.”

John has been involved in the commercial real estate business for more than 18 years, with a focus on developing client relations, executing industrial brokerage assignments, real estate related consulting and market valuations.  Since joining Colliers International he has enjoyed continuous success and has consistently achieved recognition as a CoStar Power Broker award winner for Top Industrial Leasing Broker and received recognition from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) for the 2010 SIOR Industrial Sale of the Year.

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