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Cell tower company expanding in Southpointe

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

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 sspatter@tribweb.com.

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