The Office Park
In the mid 1980’s, Mine Safety Appliance Co. (“MSA”) closed on the purchase of 327 acres of land along Interstate 79 in largely rural Cranberry Township to accommodate development of their growing research, development, and manufacturing operations. With the explosive growth of Cranberry Township beginning in the 1990’s, MSA quickly recognized the value of their undeveloped acreage and thus began to take the first steps towards overseeing development of their remaining property to its highest and best use. In 1997, MSA conducted a national search for a development partner who would work with MSA, Cranberry Township, and the community to create a world-class office park environment. Out of this national search process, the Trammell Crow Company (“TCC”) was ultimately selected and tasked to work with MSA to create the vision for, master plan, and develop the premier suburban office park in Western Pennsylvania.
With more than 300 acres to be developed, establishing a standard of excellence for development was critical in attracting high-quality tenants to a location that, at least in the 90’s, was considered on the fringe of the North Hills submarket. TCC, in partnership with MSA, was successful in establishing this standard for Cranberry Woods through strategic master planning, development of the park’s own covenants, codes, and restrictions, and emphasis on developing around the natural topography and features of the land. Additionally, tapping into their national development expertise and experience, TCC raised the bar for Class A suburban office space in Pittsburgh by promoting excellent building design for tenant space planning, top-of-the line energy efficient mechanical systems, and insisting on construction utilizing the highest quality materials. Extra building features that are standard in Cranberry Woods include dramatic two-story lobby atriums, 9’ finished ceiling heights, parking ratios of at least 5 per 1,000 SF, extensively landscaped grounds, and paved, secured walking and jogging trails through the entire park.
What started with the opening of 800 Cranberry Woods Drive in December of 1999, Cranberry Woods Office Park now encompasses four speculatively built, award winning, Class A office buildings totaling more than 454,000 SF, a four building world headquarters campus for Westinghouse Electric Corporation totaling 952,000 SF, two Marriott branded hotels, and the Regional Learning Alliance Center. The two MSA owner-occupied facilities built in the mid 1980’s, totaling nearly 300,000 SF, remain in the park and have been completely renovated into modern office facilities to accommodate an influx of additional employees as MSA consolidated their world headquarters to the office park in early 2011. Currently, the Apartments at Cranberry Woods, a 300 unit urban style development, is under construction with a project opening in late Summer 2014. Out of the original 327 acres, only approximately 25 acres remain undeveloped at this stage.
In the 1990’s Cranberry Township gained attention and name recognition as a fast-growing community, attracting high-quality residential and commercial growth. Cranberry Township is now respected as one of the premier municipalities in western Pennsylvania, exemplifying sound, municipal management.
Cranberry Township offers highly desirable amenities to residents and attractive opportunities for businesses. The Township sits at the intersection of I-76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike), I-79, and State Routes 19 and 228, providing easy access to a transportation network that is accessible from virtually anywhere. Getting to and from Cranberry Township has enabled businesses to flourish, making it a commercial center for retail, office, and service industries, offering regional residents and employees a wide-range of employment options in the region.
Cranberry Township provides an extremely high-level of municipal services. Streets are well maintained with sidewalks and street-scaping. Three community parks, a water park, and municipal golf course offer a robust recreation program with outdoor and indoor activities for all. Many residents use the outstanding municipal center, complete with activity rooms and a full-service public library, gymnasium, skate park, and administration office. Cranberry Township’s youths benefit from an excellent school system through the Seneca Valley School District.
The transition from a rural township to a regional center is the result of careful planning and growth management ensuring that Cranberry Township grows in a way that maintains the high-quality of life desired by its residents.
Located just twenty minutes North of Pittsburgh and situated right across the Allegheny County border in Butler County, Cranberry Woods is ideally located just off the Rt. 228/Cranberry Township Exit of I-79. With the completion of the Cranberry Connector in 2005, there is also direct access from I-76 (the PA Turnpike). These three main arteries provide excellent access to all key areas of Pittsburgh, including the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, without necessitating travel through any of the tunnels that are part of Pittsburgh’s transportation infrastructure. Additionally, numerous hotels, restaurants and retail centers are located nearby – see the amenities section for details.
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