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Historic Cinema Transformed Into Modern Office Space in Pittsburgh

The “Box Office” is a new 77,000-sq.-ft. anchor for the SouthSide Works live-work-play-stay development on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

HOK worked with commercial real estate investment and development firm SomeraRoad to design Class-A office space that will attract forward-thinking tech and creative tenants looking to find a new or expanded home in Pittsburgh.

Excerpted from the SouthSide Works news release:

In addition to the modern office space, Box Office offers expansive views and premier amenities, including a 7,000-sq.-ft. open lobby, complete with a grand staircase and open verandas, and a 1,700-sq.-ft. private outdoor patio.

The immediate neighborhood is highly walkable, with convenient access to biking and walking trails, expansive food and beverage retailers, grocery stores, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, outdoor amenities and Carson Street. The project will add an estimated 400 people to the daily traffic on the SouthSide Works property.

“The cinema’s grand entry, high ceilings and efficient usable floor plate, coupled with steel and glass facades, and the adaptive-reuse appeal, create a unique office conversion opportunity that, especially when coupled with this vibrant, walkable, amenity-rich neighborhood, provides a product that Pittsburgh hasn’t seen before,” said Jonathon Reeser, SomeraRoad’s director of acquisitions and asset management.

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to reimagine a segmented, dark theater into a flexible, light-filled workplace for the tech industry and creative class,” said Eric Linebarger, senior project designer at HOK. “The design celebrates the building’s former use but incorporates elevated amenities, ample outdoor space and industrial-inspired design components that infuse the workplace with energy.”

“The Box Office is a microcosm of Pittsburgh. It is a repurposed movie theater, resting on a former steel mill site and ideally suited for a prominent transformative white-collar use,” said Herky Pollock, executive vice president and northeast director of the retailer services group of CBRE, Inc.

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