Rendering courtesy of NEXT Architecture.

When The Riviera, a 160,200 square-foot building, opens in S. Oakland in the spring of 2020, its lobby will house a full fitness center with locker rooms and showers, meeting spaces, gaming areas and garage doors that open onto a patio with outdoor seating and views of the riverfront. The top floor of the six-story office complex at the Pittsburgh Technology Center will include shared conference rooms, event space and an outdoor penthouse patio.

Rendering courtesy of NEXT Architecture.

Ruby Scalo, leasing specialist with Burns Scalo Real Estate (BSRE), says there is a significant amount of interest in the building. The first tenant to sign on is de Fer Coffee & Tea, which will set up its second Pittsburgh location in the lobby.

“We are thrilled to welcome de Fer into The Riviera, adding another lifestyle-friendly amenity to our portfolio of office space,” Scalo says. “We at BSRE truly feel people should love where they work and we try our best to contribute to their daily experience inside and outside of our office buildings. Employers are beginning to understand that the happier their employees are in their space, the more productive they are for the company as a whole.”

Co-owner Matt Marietti, who opened de Fer’s Strip District location nearly two years ago, says The Riviera spot will offer coffee, tea and healthy breakfast and lunch options, but will not serve alcohol as they do on Smallman Street.

He hopes to open several small de Fer cafes throughout the city, as demand for their coffee continues to grow.

“We’re excited to see the construction across the street progressing,” Marietti says of the iconic Produce Terminal development. And, he says, “We love getting to meet tourists visiting Pittsburgh. We’ve met a lot of really cool people and we’re staying busy.”

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.