Development: Tenant already signed for University Technology Park building
A bit behind its original timetable, the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council finally is holding a groundbreaking ceremony today for a 12,000-square-foot, multi-tenant office building in its University Technology Park -- with a tenant already signed to take 50 percent of the leasable space.
Architectural/engineering services firm Benetec Associates has agreed to relocate its western Pennsylvania operations from offices in Greensburg to the first of what could be a number of similar facilities in the technology park. The 150-acre park is adjacent to Pennsylvania State University's Fayette Campus, close by Route 119.
For the 50-year-old Benetec, the move to Fayette County is a natural; the company has been involved in a number of in-county projects, including the engineering and design work for the Uniontown-to-Brownsville segment of the Mon-Fayette Expressway. The firm expects to be in its new offices in early 2004.
Donald Paulone has gotten by the lump-in-the-throat stage, signing Laidlaw Education Services to occupy the entire third floor, 4,335 square feet of his 16,480-square-foot Oakbrook Commons. Based in Naperville, Ill., Laidlaw is the largest private contractor of student transportation in North America. The three-story Oakbrook Commons building, along South Greengate Road in Hempfield Township, is roughly 15 months old. With a tenant signed, Paulone now has three other leasees listed as "possible," a company spokesman said.