Pictured above from left to right: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Riverlife President and CEO Vivien Li; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees Chair Carol Robinson; The Davis Companies CEO and Founder Jonathan G. Davis

Last week, a SM& team went on the road to Pittsburgh on behalf of client The Davis Companies (TDC) for the Grand re-Opening of the famed Union Trust Building in the city’s Mellon Square district.

TDC committed $100m to completely restoring the landmark’s historic architecture while adding 21st century amenities, technology and infrastructure. Additionally, the company commissioned 28 works of Pittsburgh-inspired original art which adorn the walls on each floor and the building’s impressive rotunda lobby. More than two years of work culminated in a celebratory night welcoming Pittsburgh’s business, civic and philanthropic leadership to see the completed project and honor the resurgence of Pittsburgh as a technology and business hub.

Following congratulatory words from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin, TDC Founder and CEO Jonathan Davis entertained the crowd with stories of how he viewed the building while growing up in Pittsburgh and anecdotes about the original building owner Henry Clay Frick. He also gave a shout out to new economy tenants TrueFit and Nokia, and incoming law firm Blank Rome. Each one is a testament to the versatility of the new space and its highly desirable amenities: on-site fitness center, tech-enabled seminar room, 400-seat theater and, most of all, 190 new underground parking spaces where previously there were none.

Further demonstrating the company’s commitment to the City of Pittsburgh and its bright future, TDC made contributions to esteemed local non-profits Riverlife and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Each organization took the opportunity to show appreciation for the new building and acknowledge its role as a centerpiece for the new Pittsburgh.

The Union Trust Building has already attracted two new dining destinations aiming to open this fall: Union Standard, acclaimed Pittsburgh Chef Derek Stevens’ first solo venture, and national seafood restaurant, Eddie V’s. Both eateries will enliven the building’s ground floor along with a coffee and cocktail bar, as well as a suite dedicated to detailing the property’s history.

Built and completed just about 100 years ago, last week’s event was a shining start to the Union Trust Building’s “Second Century of Extraordinary.”