Pittsburgh, PA Office Overview
The Pittsburgh market includes the Allegheny Center, Fairywood, and North Shore submarkets. With a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million, it’s the second-largest city in Pennsylvania.
Nicknamed the 'Steel City' and the 'City of Bridges', Pittsburgh's location at the junction of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers attract not only traditional manufacturing business, but also high-technology businesses that drive demand for office space.
As of mid-2017, the market encompasses nearly 48 million square feet of existing office space in properties larger than 50,000 square feet. The healthcare, education, technology, and financial services sectors help create dynamic demand for commercial real estate.
Pittsburgh, PA Office Inventory Description
Pittsburgh is home to world-renowned universities such Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that provide high-technology businesses with a highly skilled workforce. With an annual gross metropolitan product of over $143 billion, the demand for offices continue to grow. Nearly 54% of the office inventory in Pittsburgh is Class A or A+, while Class B accounts for another 44%.
Some of the strongest demand for Class A office space is in Downtown Pittsburgh. Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet, this submarket has portfolio office properties such as the Five Gateway Center, One PPG Place, and the Henry W. Oliver Building on Smithfield Street.
Pittsburgh, PA Commercial Inventory Breakdown
Total: 53,709,055 SF
By square footage range:
- 50k to 100k SF: 5,642,630 SF / 10.51% of total office
- 100k to 500k SF: 30,477,281 SF / 56.75% of total office
- 500k to 1M SF: 11,741,763 SF / 21.86% of total office
- > 1M SF: 5,847,381 SF / 10.89% of total office
- Class A+: 5,360,658 SF / 9.98% of total office
- Class A: 23,961,085 SF / 44.61% of total office
- Class B: 17,389,043 SF / 32.38% of total office
- Class C: 1,495,364 SF / 2.78% of total office
Top 10 Largest Office Buildings
|Office building||Address||Sqft||Year built|
|U.S. Steel Tower||600 Grant Street, 15219||2,336,272||1971|
|BNY Mellon Center||500 Grant Street, 15219||1,500,000||1984|
|One Oxford Centre||301 Grant Street, 15219||1,011,109||1983|
|The Highline||36 Terminal Way, 15219||1,000,000||2004|
|525 William Penn Place||525 William Penn Place, 15219||942,665||1951|
|One PPG Place||1 PPG Place, 15222||900,000||1984|
|The Tower at PNC Plaza||300 5th Avenue, 15222||802,000||2015|
|Heinz 57 Center||339 6th Avenue, 15222||800,000||1914|
|Fifth Avenue Place||120 5th Avenue, 15222||778,000||1988|
|BNY Mellon Client Service Center||500 Ross Street, 15219||754,442||2000|
Largest Office Properties Recently Completed
|Office building||Address||Sqft||Year built|
|Liberty East - Phase 1||141 South Saint Clair Street, 15206||301,161||2021|
|The Vision on Fifteenth||SEC of Interstate 579 and U.S. Route 28, 15222||260,400||2021|
|5051 Centre Avenue||5000 Baum Blvd, 15213||245,000||2021|
|75 Hopper Place||SEC 28th Street & Railroad Street, 15222||145,292||2021|
|1600 Smallman||1600 Smallman Street, 15222||128,000||2021|
|Rockwell Park - The Edwin||7514 Thomas Blvd, 15208||124,171||2021|
|East Liberty Center||6123 Penn Avenue, 15206||60,000||2021|
|Rockwell Park - The Apollo||7511 Thomas Blvd, 15208||39,196||2021|
|Bakery Office Three||6420 Penn Avenue, 15206||306,333||2020|
|The Riviera||350 Technology Drive, 15219||160,200||2020|
Pittsburgh, PA Green Office Space
The 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index ranks Pittsburgh 26th among the 30 top markets, for percentage of green office space. Over the past 12 years, the market share of energy-efficient office buildings has increased from under 5% to 38%.
While less than 1% of the office buildings larger than 50,000 square feet in Pittsburgh are LEED-certified, nearly 3% are Energy Star-rated.
Awarded its first Energy Star rating in 2008, the BNY Mellon Center has recently achieved a score of 92 out of 100 possible certification points. This 1.5 million square foot Class A office building was originally built in 1984 and has 55 stories, lower floor retail, and underground parking.
Pittsburgh, PA's Top Office-Using Sectors
A recent report by the National Bureau of Economic Research named Pittsburgh the second-best U.S. city for intergenerational economic mobility, reflecting the shift from industrial to the high-technology, Fortune 500, and corporate offices.
- High-Technology – Companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Autodesk, and IBM.
- Education – Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and the 65 other colleges and universities in the metro area.
- Corporate Office – Allegheny Technologies, Alcoa, Kennametal, Mylan Bayer USA, and Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu.
- Fortune 500 Headquarters – PNC Financial Services, PPG Industries, U.S. Steel, The Kraft Heinz Company, and WESCO International.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does office space cost in Pittsburgh, PA?
The average office rental rate in Pittsburgh, PA is $22.47 per square foot. Asking prices vary based on the property’s location, overall rating, amenities, proximity to restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues, as well as public transport, airports and highways. Check Pittsburgh Office Market Trends for more stats.
What is the size of available office spaces in Pittsburgh, PA?
The Pittsburgh, PA office market can accommodate various businesses, sporting a range of office space availabilities. The average size of office space availabilities is 125,050 square feet. If you’re just starting out as a company or as an entrepreneur, the smallest available office space in Pittsburgh, PA is 100 square feet, while the maximum rentable space on the market now is 250,000 square feet.
How do I get office space in Pittsburgh, PA?
Start your search for office space in Pittsburgh, PA by using our filters that allow you to find the best space for your business needs. Filter listings by location, property size, available space or lease rate. Property pages will offer details about an office building’s rating, year built, availabilities, price per square foot and more. After drawing up a shortlist, make sure you contact the listed broker(s) to schedule a viewing and begin the negotiation process for your lease contract.
How many office listings are available in Pittsburgh, PA?
There are 447 office listings on the Pittsburgh, PA market. See all available office spaces for rent.
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What other property types are available for lease in Pittsburgh, PA?
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