Dickie & McCamey Renews Lease at PPG Place

By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor Dickie & McCamey has decided to renew the lease at PPG Place by 10 years. As reported in November by the Pittsburgh Business News, the law firm’s 10-year lease was set to expire in 2014, and the firm [...]

Dickie & McCamey has decided to renew the lease at PPG Place by 10 years. As reported in November by the Pittsburgh Business News, the law firm’s 10-year lease was set to expire in 2014, and the firm had begun to search for a new downtown headquarters.

The company needs roughly 100,000 square feet of space, which represented a difficult demand due to the tight office market in the area. Moreover, in the same period, Gateway Health Plan, housed in the U.S. Steel Tower, had been also looking for the same amount of office space. Jon Harrigan, CEO of Downtown-based Pennsylvania Commercial Real Estate Inc., had commented that the search would prove to be arduous.

Jeff Wiley, managing partner, said that the firm has decided not to push through with a relocation. He added that the decision is consistent with their strategic plan of expansion in the area.

In regional news, the American Institute of Architects has just named the Carnegie Mellon University computer science complex as one of the top nine projects worldwide in 2012. Encompassing about 217,000 square feet of classrooms, offices and laboratories, the buildings have been designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects of Atlanta. The American Institute of Architects commends the project for its excellence, for being perfectly scaled within an urban campus and for matching the culture and aspirations of the school with needed campus connections.

Throughout the construction phase, about 98 percent of the construction waste had been reused or diverted from landfills, and more than 15 percent of the building materials used were recycled and manufactured locally. In addition, in December 2011, the Carnegie Mellon Buildings have been awarded with LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.