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By Sam Spatter
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 9:03 p.m.

• More educational requirements for persons seeking a real estate license and more hours of continuing education for agents are being promoted by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors. The group has asked the state Real Estate Commission to require persons seeking a sales license to have 90 hours of pre-licensure education, an increase of 30 hours. It wants continuing education requirements to be increased from 14 to 18 hours for agents seeking renewal of their license. It is anticipated that legislation with amendments to the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act will be introduced in the Legislature in early 2013

• Additions to the manufacturing area at Kureha Advanced Materials Inc. in Natrona Heights were completed in September by Landau Building Co., McCandless. They include two additions: 35,000 square feet for a warehouse and training center and 5,000 square feet for a furnace-control station.

• Vocollect Inc. will seek an OK on Monday from Penn Hills to build an office building on 9.9 acres in the vicinity of Maple Lane. The property is owned by Joseph and Enrichette D'Andrea. The project was tabled by Vocollect in June 2008. A hearing on a zoning change will be held before the mayor and council at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers, Municipal Building, 12245 Frankstown Rd. The hearing originally was scheduled for Oct. 15.

• The 25-unit Hempfield South Apartments for senior citizens in Mercer County has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification. Developed by Community Action Partnership of Mercer County, the two-story, 21,954-square-foot building offers acoustically insulated apartments with full control of lighting, heating and ventilation, said Dana Frankenburg. He is director of government services for the project's general contractor, the Hudson Group Inc. of Hermitage.

• The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, part of the expansion of Benedum Hall at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, received the international 2012 Educational Facility Design Award from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute. The 22,000-square-foot center is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certified. Mascaro Construction Co. was the general contractor for the three-story addition that houses a 42,000-square-foot laboratory and administrative space.

• Focus on Renewal, the McKees Rocks multiservice nonprofit community group, named Greg Quinlan executive director. He was executive director of ThoughtForm, a communications consultant and design firm in Pittsburgh. He succeeds Rev. Regis Ryan, who retired after 35 years.

• Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, with an office in Pittsburgh, in now included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and is ranked fifth in Fortune's 100 fastest growing companies. CEO John H. Pelusi said the firm has 540 employees in 21 offices.

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• Chambers Street Properties named Sarah Hinton senior counsel.

• Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services hired Michael Green, Butler; Francine Conway , Fox Chapel; Amanda Naccarelli, Hampton; Bonnie Rack-Wildner, Peters; Robert Stephans, Pleasant Hills; Debra West and Susan Nowicki, South Hills; Caitlin Morris, North Huntingdon; Daniel Smith, Squirrel Hill; and Catherine Lafferty and Brett Bergman, Shadyside.

• Re/Max Heritage hired Debbie DiLorenzo at Murrysville.

Dionne Malush joined the The Bob Cenk Group.

Sam Spatter and Howard McClellan

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