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For a unique development in the Hazelwood area of Pittsburgh Earthmoving begins first major construction project

Designed to LEED Gold Core and Shell Vision Real Estate Partners/Rubenstein Partners project ahead of schedule


ittsburgh, Pa — Earthmoving has begun on the first ma-

jor construction project for a unique development in the Hazelwood area of Pittsburgh. The Phase 1 infrastructure, valued at $27 million, will provide a new riverfront street in the city of Pittsburgh (near the intersection of Hazelwood Ave. and Old Second Ave.) and prepare the entire site for redevelopment. The site’s history can be traced back to 1884, when the J&L Company started its first industrial plants along both sides of the Monongahela River. In 1887, the Hot Metal Bridge was constructed to con- nect the two plants owned and run by J&L Company. In 1974, LTV purchased J&L, and in 1997 the Hazelwood plant was closed. In 2002, four southwest- ern Pennsylvania foundations formed a limited partnership with RIDC (Regional Indus- trial Development Corpo- ration) , a non-profit private development organization as general partner. The group purchased the 178-acre LTV Steel Hazelwood site with the understanding that “this riverfront plateau offered a rare opportunity to set a new standard for urban riverfront property development.” The name Almono came from the three Pittsburgh rivers — the Allegheny, the Mononga- hela and the Ohio. The complete street project will include utilities and act as a transportation link to connect the site with regional economic centers in Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh. The street will cover 1.5 mi. (2.41 km) and include vehicle lanes, parking lanes, sidewalks and a cycle track with porous pave- ment. In addition, there will be new storm sewers, water lines and advanced storm water fa- cilities, as well as fiber optic, telecommunication, electric and other utility lines. Groundbreaking for the proj- ect was held on Oct. 30, and WASHINGTON, DC — The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is now accepting entries for its Global Awards for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. The Institute will accept entries until February 22, 2015.

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parking spaces per 1,000 feet of rentable area. “We have just finished the building shell, and our con- struction team is gearing up to launch the interior build-out,” Morreale said. “This is going to be a beautiful facility and a great example of the fully amenitized workplaces that forward-thinking corporate users are seeking as they position themselves to recruit and retain talent.” A summer 2016 delivery is anticipated for the property, which will house more than 900 MetLife employees. Vision Real Estate Partners and Rubenstein Partners pur- chased 67Whippany Rd., a for- mer Alcatel-Lucent Campus, in 2010. The MetLife building anchors the redevelopment’s 100-acre South Campus com- ponent. The 94-acre balance houses the 675,000 s/f, LEED- certified Bayer Healthcare facility, which Vision Real Es- tate Partners and Rubenstein Partners built following the parcel’s sale to Bayer. n Since our start up in October 1988, we have successfully completed thousands of projects and obtained several liability release for our clients. We wel- come each and every opportu- nity given to us by potential clients. Our client retention rate is very high as compared to our peers, and our proposal ac- ceptance rate routinely exceeds 65%. At RT, each site deserves our close attention, so that we can help our clients understand what we can do for them to help achieve their objectives. Whether in Pittsburgh or in Philadelphia, we serve all of Pennsylvania and welcome further opportunities to be of service. Call us if you need us. Gary R. Brown, P.E. is president of RT Envi- ronmental Services, Inc. Phone : (610) 804-8657 or Email:gbrown@rtenv.com n most flexible redevelopment approach was not properly identified.

HANOVER, NJ —The new MetLife Investments Global Headquarters in Hanover is water-tight just in time for winter, with construc- tion ahead of schedule and on budget. The 185,000 s/f, build-to-suit facility, located at 67 Whippany Rd. adjacent to Bayer Healthcare’s East Coast Headquarters, is a project of Vision Real Estate Part- ners (VREP) and Ruben- stein Partners. According to Sam Mor- reale , VREP founder and managing partner, theMetLife project is crafted to meet the new generation of workforce standards. The sustainable, class A building, designed to LEED Gold Core and Shell and LEED Platinum Interiors standards, features an open floor plan with collaborative workspaces and breakout rooms. Employees will enjoy a town hall with technologically advanced conference facilities, food court with indoor and out- door seating, café, and fitness center. The site includes 4.5

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the general contractor is In- dependence Excavating of Cheswik. This phase is ex- pected to take 18 months, with the road opening in the spring of 2017. According to Tim Whit e, RIDC senior VP of develop- ment, the complete street is the first of its kind in the City of Pittsburgh, built to accommo- date multiple modes of trans- portation and capture all the storm water. The project has received support from the Com- monwealth of Pennsylvania, and is part of the TIF district created with the support of the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and School District of Pittsburgh. The entire 178-acre site will reportedly utilize more than $1.1 billion of investment with- in the Hazelwood community The awards competition, now in its 38th year, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, econom- ics, planning, and management. The program, open to all and not limited to ULI members, is viewed as the centerpiece of

and the development of 5.7 million s/f (529,547 sq m) of light industrial, office, small retail, R&D, hotel, residential and community space. The Phase 1 Development plan is expected early next year, and will include request for proposals (RFPs) to devel- opers for specific parcels. The plan includes a two-acre public plaza as well as residential and office/light industrial build- ings. Almono hopes to issue development RFPs for certain Phase 1 parcels later this year. Building construction could occur at the same time as the road construction. In addition, a sustainability plan would lead the site to be carbon neutral and one of the most sustainable large-scale brownfield developments in North America. n ULI’s efforts to identify and pro- mote best practices in all types of real estate development. The Awards for Excellence program is based on ULI’s guid- ing principle that the achieve- ment of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. n

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has greatly minimized the volume of material that would have other- wise gone to a landfill. When it is necessary to

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“step up” and provide answers to public questions on cleanups and redevelopment at sites, our principals can be instrumental in letting the public appreciate how cleanup and redevelop- ment can go hand in hand, while adequately protecting nearby residents and the sur- rounding environment. One of our biggest areas of focus is assisting and taking a second look at projects having technical difficulties. We often find that historically, the best techniques were not brought to remediation sites, and the

ULI now accepting entries for its Global Awards for Excellence

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