Category Archives: Sustainability

Colliers International l Pittsburgh Gets Greener With New “Tablet Tours”

Sources: World Wildlife Fund

Colliers is BlueColliers International | Pittsburgh has created a new marketing strategy that will reduce paper waste and help save our environment one tree at a time. The company now uses electronic tablets instead of printing paper copies of tour books, company overview books, Offering Memorandums, presentations and other marketing materials. These materials that contain anywhere from ten to 100 pieces of paper, depending on the project, can now be sent electronically after a tour is completed.

According to Gregg Broujos, Managing Director of Colliers International | Pittsburgh, the new Tablet Tour is convenient for all parties, and saves a large amount of paper. “When prospective tenants and buyers tour a property, they will be given a Colliers International | Pittsburgh tablet that contains all of the pertinent information on the subject property. After the tour, they give the tablet back to the Colliers broker, and the Colliers broker will send the same information to the prospective buyer or tenant electronically. In this way, the prospect can pick and choose what pages they want to print, if any.”

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Colliers International | Pittsburgh brokers attend ULI event at new Highmark Stadium

Sources: Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh, Highmark Stadium, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Colliers_Riverhounds_HorizontalGregg Broujos, Managing Director and Founding Principal, David Bivens, Office Brokerage Specialist, and Luke Hingson, Investment Services Specialist at Colliers International | Pittsburgh attended the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI)  Young Leaders Group (YLG) Riverhounds and New Market Tax Credits event at the new Highmark Stadium in Station Square. Luke serves as the Co-Chair of the ULI YLG Steering Committee which organized the event with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA). Colliers International | Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives, LLC sponsored the event.

“The YLG Riverhounds and New Market Tax Credit event was incredibly successful, with well over 50 real estate professionals in attendance,” said Luke Hingson, Industrial Services Specialist at Colliers International | Pittsburgh. “The event, which was free as a result of Colliers International | Pittsburgh’s generous sponsorship, was a great chance for our firm to give back to both the Urban Land Institute and the local real estate community as a whole.” Read the rest of this entry

Pittsburgh Continues Green Redevelopment with Pens’ Plan for 28-Acre Former Civic Arena site

Sources:  Commercial Property Executive, Pittsburgh Business Times ; Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership  

Green redevelopment in downtown Pittsburgh is growing. The Pittsburgh Business Times has reported that the former Civic Arena 28-acre site is poised to become a mixed-use “live-work-play community” that includes 1,200 units of housing, 600,000 square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail space. As the developer, the Penguins plan to pursue LEED For Neighborhood Development certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at energy savings, water efficiency, atmospheric protection, indoor air quality and stewardship of materials and the environment in general.

Jones Lang LaSalle was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as its owner’s representative to help lead the redevelopment of the Civic Arena site. J.C. Pelusi, Jones Lang Lasalle’s market director for the Pittsburgh region, told Commercial Property Executive that there are few examples of such a sizable parcel in a major city setting and noted that the proposed mix of uses is tentative. The eventual configuration, over a buildout period of probably five to 10 years, he said, will be shaped by how the market evolves over that time.

Completed in 1961, the Civic Arena, later known as Mellon Arena, was the Penguins’ home from 1967 through 2010, when the team, and the arena’s other users, moved across the street to CONSOL Energy Center. Nicknamed “The Igloo,” the arena reportedly was the first of its size in the world to boast a retractable roof. Demolition began last September and was recently finished.

“While one may or may not agree with the decision to raze the Mellon Arena, redevelopment of the site represents a truly rare opportunity for Pittsburgh to show the world, on a grand scale, its commitment to sustainable design and development,” said Raymond Orowetz P.E., LEED Green Associate, Associate Broker at Colliers International Pittsburgh.

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