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The fully enclosed site has gated access and a complete
walking loop. Other amenities include a patio, balcony and
several other outdoor spaces with wireless access, a fitness
center with locker rooms, an in-house café, electric car
charging stations, and heated promenade sidewalks.

SightsSetting Their High
Industrial Scientific Puts Employees First in its New Headquarters

In the fall of 2014, “It was worth it from our perspective to make the
Industrial Scientific investment in infrastructure.”
Corporation was named a
“Top Workplace” by the –Garth Miller, Vice President of Customer Operations
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
based on employee surveys. philosophy and less than optimal for initial phase would use 24 acres with the
success.” A primary goal was to consolidate additional 12 acres available for expansion.
Despite the distinction, this leading and create an environment that would The parcel met the four criteria, but
manufacturer of gas detection and encourage getting to know each other and came with its share of challenges: it had
monitoring products and services was not collaborating more naturally. previously been deep mined, so CEC
as widely known outside its arena as it could developed a subsurface grouting program
have been. “From a recruiting perspective, The challenge: find a site for a new global for stabilization and recommended
we were a pretty well-kept secret,” says Garth headquarters that would meet four specific
Miller, Industrial Scientific’s vice president criteria. The first was to honor the Pittsburgh Continued on page 2
of customer operations, “partly because roots with a Pittsburgh postal address, but
of our physical location.” to stay on the western side of the city for A drilling rig excavates through limestone bedrock during
employees’ convenience. The second was construction. Drilling produced a significant amount of
Industrial Scientific is a global company the necessary acreage. Third was direct lime dust and usable lime, which was incorporated into
with more than 700 employees. Its access to Pittsburgh International Airport. wet fill to help dry it out before placement.
Pittsburgh headquarters and primary And fourth was a prominent location with
manufacturing functions were spread frontage along a major highway.
across four buildings and five miles in a
western suburb. After looking at roughly two dozen sites,
an option emerged to purchase a 36-acre
“We ended up that way because we parcel perched atop a ridge at a major
grew,” said Miller. The separation interchange along Interstate 376, which
prompted inventory runs, mail runs, connects downtown Pittsburgh to the
and many redundancies. Employees airport. “We were able to get the land
with responsibilities in more than one development plan approved quickly to help
building would often split days between Industrial Scientific make a more confident
locations, but for others, there was never decision about buying the property,” said
an opportunity to put a face to a name. Adele Beaves, CEC senior project manager.
“It was contrary to our Employees First Approval was for a full build-out, but the
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