By Tim Schooley
San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties LLC is preparing to begin exterior renovations on One Oxford Centre as part of its $50 million in upgrades to the downtown office tower.
The company on Tuesday briefed the Pittsburgh Planning Commission on its initial plans for the lower floors of the building and its exterior courtyard.
We’re focused on a light touch and some modest improvements of the lower exterior of the building,” said Jeff Young, an architect for Perkins Eastman, which is representing Shorenstein in the plan.
The main change in the building itself is a new architectural ribbon to extend along the Grant Street in front of the building over to its Fourth Avenue, as well as some new LED lighting. The company plans to convert an existing fountain into a new planter.
The company also continues its renovation changes inside the building, including plans to convert the third and fourth floors of retail space into new office use, adding 30,000 square feet for each floor for new office tenants.
About two weeks ago, Shorenstein announced its plans for the new Oxford Market, a new food hall which is expected to take the place where the restaurant Easy Street closed at the end of last year.
Shorenstein’s new exterior plan is expected to be voted on by the commission at its next meeting.