2014 Winner: The All-Rounder

The most improved building across multiple sustainability categories.

Who led the charge



Chris Pinelli
Real Estate Manager, CBRE



Chris Casey | Lead Engineer, CBRE
Isaac Smith | Pittsburgh 2030 District Resource Specialist, Green Building Alliance
Mark Kalinoski | Engineer, CBRE
Apaulo Troughtzmantz | Assistant Lead Engineer, CBRE

Chris Pinelli, at the top of the operations trade and the tip of the Triangle. Christopher Pinelli believes that “your attitude is your reaction to what life hands you, and only you can choose that reaction.” He puts that belief to the test everyday as Senior Real Estate Manager for CBRE, Inc, where he is responsible for operational support of a 23-story class “A” office building in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District. Since embarking on a career in real estate at Prudential Realty Company seventeen years ago, Chris has sharpened his leadership, strategic planning, and business development skills through hands-on experience. Throughout his career, he has managed and turned around scores of distressed properties from office buildings and retail centers to residential complexes.

The Art of Practical Sustainability, Pittsburgh, PA Commercial Office - 513,017 sq. ft.

Eleven Stanwix Street sits at the tip of the Golden Triangle, Pittsburgh’s Central Business District, in terms of both location and innovation. Thanks to Chris and his operations team, this 23-story office building is at the forefront of energy and water efficiency in existing buildings. Chris led over $8 million in upgrades behind the scenes at 11 Stanwix Street with Energy Recovery Units, high-efficiency boilers, and mechanical systems, cutting costs by 32%, water use by 40%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 24%. Sustainability was also made front-and-center for occupants, with new lighting and plumbing fixtures, and features like a water bottle-refilling station, electric car charging station, and lockers and showers for bicycle commuters. Chris’s team continues to challenge themselves with higher goals, pushing expectations of a typical office space for building owners, operators, and occupants.

Chris Pinelli reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1,737,000 gallons per year—that's more than the Goodyear blimp can hold. 

"When you can challenge a team to perform to the fullest, awesome results can happen. The results not only positively affected the owner, the building occupants, and the environment, but they also helped the team realize goals that were once thought unachievable."

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