Cell tower company expanding in Southpointe
Washington County's Crown Castle USA Inc., the nation's largest cell tower operator, is expanding its operations and its headquarters into a campus-like environment by connecting its present building with the former Mylan headquarters.
Crown's nationwide acquisition of 7,200 cellular towers from Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA last year generated demand for more office space for its Southpointe operations center, said Mark Schrott, Crown Castle vice president.
Crown plans to connect the two buildings through a covered walkway and plaza, making not only a unified headquarters, but also an outdoor area for its 700 employees.
Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services Inc. is serving as the owner's development representative for the building's renovations, which include Astorino's interior improvements involving 200,000 square feet. The work, which has begun, will include construction of new offices, conference rooms, collaborative spaces and other support areas.
The walkway and plaza were designed by Klavon Design Associates Inc.
Crown acquired the Mylan Building in August 2012 for $16.9 million, according to a deed filed in the Washington County Recorder of Deeds. Both its headquarters and Mylan are located along Southpointe's Corporate Drive. Mylan purchased the former headquarters site in March 2012 for $2.9 million from IMI Southpointe LP, according to a deed.
Crown, founded in Pittsburgh, is a unit of Crown Castle International Corp.
In October, Crown announced a deal with AT&T Corp. to lease about 9,100 AT&T towers across the country and purchase about 600 towers, for a total value of $4.85 billion.
Sam Spatter is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.