ULI Pittsburgh Blog

Building a Bridge

2017-03-23-06-29-26

True to its name, Bridgeway Capital is building bridges in the Homewood community through the repurposing of 7800 Susquehenna. As the newly improved office space begins to house tenants like the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, BoXZY and Urban Tree, a unique intersection of makers, job trainers and artists is forming. President of Grand View Development, Bill Krahe, shared with ULI attendees at March event “The Empire State Building of Homewood,” that this intersection is intentional. While space in this 1920s historical building is highly sought after, Grand View is filling it with organizations that will create opportunity and value-add for the people of Homewood.

For example, Rashad Byrdsong, CEO of MA’AT Construction (general contractor on 7800 Susquehenna), has assembled a team made up of 85% minority contractors to complete building renovations. Head of Corporate Services for BoXZY, Hadley Pratt, shared that they have been able to incorporate other tenants from the building into the supply chain for their product: a three-in-one 3D printer, CNC mill and laser engraver. Jeni Cooper, Community Development Loan Officer for Bridgeway Capital, stressed the importance of relationships and emphasized Bridgeway’s focus on establishing connections and creating community.

In addition to a tour of tenant spaces on floors two through four, ULI attendees had a unique opportunity to visit the raw space on floor five, which will be the next phase of renovation. Check our website frequently for future programs, including site tours of Pittsburgh’s hottest new projects. Special thanks to Event Champion & Moderator: Chris Stoffan, Sitko Bruno as well as Event Sponsor: Bridgeway Capital.

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