The Historic Park Building in Pittsburgh Turns 117 Years Old

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Owned and operated by Portfolio Operator, E.V. Bishoff Company, the Park Building, built and billed as the first high rise in Pittsburgh, offers office environments with infrastructure levels previously reserved for only Fortune 500 corporations.

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The Park Building has had nearly all of its mechanical equipment replaced with not only new equipment, but equipment that continues to take tenant satisfaction and comfort to the next level of productivity and efficiency.

The Park Building, one of the oldest surviving steel-framed structures and the first high rise in Pittsburgh to have automatic elevators, offers companies of all sizes office space with infrastructure levels previously enjoyed by only the largest of corporations

Built by industrialists David and William Park in 1896, the 15-story Park Building is adorned by what Preservationists call “the most beautiful cornice east of the Mississippi”. The cornice detail depicts men in the kneeling position holding up the roof line of the building and is one of the stopping points in nearly every historical tour of downtown Pittsburgh. As with any historical structure, improvements are required over the years and the Park Building is certainly no exception. The Park Building has had nearly all of its mechanical equipment replaced with not only new equipment, but equipment that continues to take tenant satisfaction and comfort to the next level of productivity and efficiency.

Purchased by the E.V. Bishoff Company in 1994, the Park Building has been meticulously maintained with an eye towards the next generation and towards providing the single best office environment in which to house your business. “Owning and managing turn-of-the-century high rises , though it’s something that we’re familiar with, is not for the faint-of-heart,” said David Bishoff, President of E.V. Bishoff Company.

Continually weaving modern day attributes and infrastructure into its office environments and in an effort to live up to its tag line of “Office Leasing MADE SIMPLE”, the E. V. Bishoff Company realized some time ago the difficulty and expense associated with a tenant obtaining high speed internet. To address this issue, a Building-owned fiber optic network was installed to allow for the Park Building to provide high speed internet access to its tenants, creating not only a substantial savings for them, but at bandwidth speeds that are virtually unlimited, it saves both time and money. “Our clients don’t need to succumb to the will of the big network providers to obtain internet. At the Park Building, they tell us how much bandwidth they require and we do just that, in a matter of days, not months. It’s just that simple”.

As a Portfolio Operator with an eye towards the next generation, E.V. Bishoff Company meticulously maintains The Park Building and continues to improve its offerings, all within a historic setting in downtown Pittsburgh. As one of the few historic building owners in the country to maintain rigorous daily monitoring of all of its own HVAC and building equipment, the clients benefit by the knowledge that they will have fewer interruptions as a result of this rigorous schedule. “ The businesses that call the Park Building home are not our tenants, they are clients of the E. V. Bishoff Company and as such, their needs are handled entirely differently and at a much higher level then what you may find in other buildings” said David Bishoff .

With a client base that is heavily slanted towards the legal, engineering, health and medical professions, the Park Building maintains over five conference rooms along with a presentation/training room available for the tenant’s use for up to one week at a time at no cost. Kitchens, litigation support, inexpensive storage and a closely-monitored CCTV network, through its own Control Center, are all attributes that make a client’s business life simple and have allowed the Park Building to maintain its position as one of the single best business addresses in downtown Pittsburgh.

Adding to The Park Building’s offering is Superior Office Suites, which offers to the Business Community the shared-service environment that many small to midsized companies and individual lawyers have come to appreciate, all at a cost of roughly half that of its competitors. “Superior Office Suites, now with nearly 40 offices has truly been the icing on the cake in making The Park Building one of the easiest places to conduct business in Pittsburgh.”

The E.V. Bishoff Company also brought its Concourse division to Pittsburgh, located on the 2nd floor of the Park Building, and includes a spa, hair salon and massage for the people that call the Park Building their business home.

For tours and assistance please contact E.V. Bishoff Company at 412-471-6868.

The Park Building, located on the corner of Smithfield and Fifth Street in Pittsburgh, offers a blend of rich history and modern convenience in a location that is close to major downtown buildings, shops, restaurants, business services, parking and all public transits. Neighbors include; Macy’s Saks Fifth Avenue and the County Court House. Park Building is in the heart of the planned re-development of Fifth Avenue.

Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1966 as a commercial real estate development company, the E.V. Bishoff Company (EVBCO) is a firmly established leader in redevelopment of historic central business district office buildings in Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh. The family-owned company known for stellar, responsive service to its tenants boasts a nearly 100 percent retention rate of all of its properties. A rarity in commercial real estate today, EVBCO is the owner-operator. To learn more about EVBCO, visit

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