By Tim Schooley – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times
Jan 18, 2023
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When Limbach Holdings Inc. opted to jettison its 19,000-square-foot headquarters at One Waterfront Place in late 2021, Buncher Company President and CEO David Heaton knew immediately where his company was moving next.
While the Limbach space hit the market for sublease for a time, the Buncher Company made sure to take over the vast majority of the space, recently moving its headquarters office there, overlooking the Allegheny river.
One Waterfront Place is a building the Buncher Company long has owned that’s in the middle of the company’s Riverfront Landing mixed-use master plan, a nearly maxed out collection of apartments, office buildings, townhouses and a hotel in the Strip District.
Heaton, starting his third full year as president and CEO of Buncher, emphasized the move and a change in approach for the office space is part of the company’s new strategic plan.
“It’s not just new space. This space is changing the way we interact with one another in the office,” he said. “It’s more modern. It’s technology driven. The best spaces are the common spaces.”
Buncher and its staff of about 40 moved from the company’s previous office at 1300 Penn Ave., working with the Pittsburgh office of Perkins Eastman to design and layout the new 15,000-square-foot office to establish a new approach.
“It’s flipped from the old model of executives with private offices on the perimeter,” added Heaton, noting an emphasis on more open, collaborative work stations positioned along the windows.
Heaton said the new office and the new approach “was absolutely needed and part of the strategic plan after I came on board.”
He expects the new office will help Buncher with recruiting and retaining employees.
Buncher operates with a full in-office approach, allowing remote work arrangements on a case-by-case basis.
“We are thrilled with the space,” he said, crediting Jeff Young and Jennifer Askey of Perkins Eastman for overseeing the design of the new office.
Young said the new office offers a lot more opportunity for daylight than its previous office on Penn Avenue and expects it will prove a good match with Buncher’s changing needs.
“Dave very much recognizes the importance of your physical space to reflect the culture and image and vibe you want to convey as a company,” said Young.