New Grayhawk community center unveiled

Phoenix-based The Pederson Group has unveiled plans for a 154,000 sq. ft. community center, Grayhawk Plaza. The center is part of the city's upscale master-planned community of Grayhawk and will include anchors such as a 57,500 sq. ft. prototype Bashas' supermarket and a 14,390 sq. ft. Walgreens. The $14 million center is scheduled for completion in October 2001.

CB Richard Ellis/Pittsburgh teams up with Pirates CB Richard Ellis/Pittsburgh has hit a homerun by forming an alliance with the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide facility maintenance service for the team's new 38,000-seat PNC Park, slated for completion in early March 2001.

The Los Angeles-based company will be responsible for maintaining the electrical and mechanical/HVAC operations, utility management, elevator/escalator maintenance, and janitorial services for the ballpark.

"We chose [CB Richard Ellis] because the company has a strong background in facilities maintenance and commercial property management," says Dennis DaPra, vice president of operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates. "We felt the need to choose a company that can handle the intricacies of mechanical maintenance and has experience in the Pittsburgh market."

CB Richard Ellis/Pittsburgh currently provides facility services for the Westinghouse Building, Alcoa Corporate Center and Home Loan Bank buildings in Pittsburgh, as well as other downtown and suburban properties.

"We look forward to partnering with the Pirates," says Bill Dignon, vice president of facilities management for CB Richard Ellis/Pittsburgh. "This agreement will provide us with the opportunity to show our expertise in facilities operations and maintenance as well as support the Pirates management team in the overall management of the park."

PNC Park was designed by Kansas City, Mo.-based HOK Sport, with the help of Pittsburgh-based L.D. Astorino & Associates. The consortium of Barton Malow of Baltimore and Pittsburgh-based Dick Corp. are constructing the ballpark. The project is budgeted at $209 million.

The ballpark is approximately 1 million sq. ft., and includes a four-story, 60,000 sq. ft. administrative building and a two-story, 30,000 sq. ft. retail facility. Both will be located behind the outfield wall and will overlook the field.

"The Pirates will benefit from our ability to administer and manage the office and retail facilities," says Dignon. "We will bring our national leverage in the procurement of goods and services to the table for their benefit. The structure of our agreement also gives the team some certainty in its operating expenses going forward."

CB Richard Ellis does not have a facility maintenance agreement with other sports teams, but Dignon says the company views this agreement with the Pirates as an opportunity to grow into the sports venue arena. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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