McKnight lands union to take office in new downtown building

McKnight Realty Partners announced it has reached a deal to establish a new office in the Bank Tower.
By Tim Schooley for Pittsburgh Business Times March 18, 2019 Pittsburgh –  

McKnight Realty Partners announced it has reached a deal to establish a new office in the Bank Tower.

The space will take more than 8,700 square feet and will be occupied by the Western Pennsylvania District Office of the Service Employees International Union, its 32BJ division.

The union, which represents more than 7,000 office cleaners, security officers and food service workers, among others in the region, will move into the third floor of the 82,000-square-foot building.

Sam Williamson, district leader of 32BJ SEIU and chair of the board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, referenced the building’s history and McKnight’s support of union labor in a prepared statement regarding the move.

Built in 1902 based on a design by Alden & Harlow, the 16-story Bank Tower is being renovated by McKnight in a project that includes a redesigned lobby, facade maintenance and improvements and upgrading the building systems.

McKnight first revealed that it was buying the building in October 2018.

Izzy Rudolph, president of development and acquisitions for McKnight, said his company is shooting to complete its renovations on the Bank Tower by the end of the year, investing in a property in a stretch of downtown experiencing hundreds of millions in new investment in recent years.

He also expects SEIU will be good fit for the building as a “tenant that’s very active in the downtown Pittsburgh community.”

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