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CMU project envisions outdoor park on top of 841-foot-tall U.S. Steel Tower

Several years ago, Pittsburgh writer David Bear surveyed the tallest building in town and had an epiphany. He realized that the one-acre roof on top of Downtown's 841-foot-tall U.S. Steel Tower was the highest flat space on any building on earth. So why not make it into the coolest park in the world?

Thus was born the idea for High Point Park, writes Chis O'Toole at Pop City's sister publication Keystone Edge. With the sponsorship of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, Bear's idea has grown into an expansive vision: To transform the empty space into a destination for both tourists and locals that showcases the city's signature green sensibility.

The building, now headquarters to UPMC and other commercial tenants, is owned by Winthrop Management/Area Capital Partners, an REIT based in New York. The owners have not yet approved such use, and the project has yet to be funded.

Bear believes a park atop the 64-story building would probably require an additional elevator, perhaps on the exterior of the building. He points out that the building's proximity to Mellon Arena and Consol Energy Center, the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, could generate plenty of visitors willing to pay an admission fee to the park. A similar tall building in Chicago, the Wills Tower, has generated significant interest and revenues from its new Skydeck. But unlike that indoor space, High Point Park would let visitors "wander around and have a picnic," Bear says.

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