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Hillman Properties Announces Construction of Plaza Ice Rink at PPG Place to Begin This Saturday; Rink Expected to Open for Public Skating By Mid-December.

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PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2001

The ice is coming! Hillman Properties, Inc. announced today that construction of the Plaza Ice Rink at PPG Place officially begins Saturday, Nov. 17, when crews start installing the diamond-shaped rink.

The rink is expected to open for public skating sessions by mid-December, giving Pittsburghers and visitors their first chance to skate around the magnificent 60-foot Christmas tree that now covers the rose granite obelisk at PPG Place.

Pittsburgh's only downtown ice skating rink will offer an ice surface of approximately 9,600 square feet. Burley's Rink Supply, Inc. of Johnstown, Pa. manufactured the rink for PPG Place. The rink components will be transported by truck from Johnstown and arrive early Saturday morning for immediate aboveground assembly throughout the day. Underground construction preparations for the rink's ice chilling systems are already underway. Work has also started on the Skate Shop at Four PPG Place, which will offer skate rentals, lockers and other amenities.

Burley's Rink Supply and Grubb & Ellis, which manages PPG Place, will supervise construction of the 104-foot by 104-foot rink. As lead architect, Pittsburgh-based IKM Inc. designed the seasonal rink. Island Sports of Neville Island is serving as project consultant. In its inaugural season, the removable Plaza Ice Rink at PPG Place will be open for public skating through February 2002, until it is disassembled and stored for the spring.

"This beautiful ice skating rink will enhance downtown Pittsburgh and provide an exciting new venue for winter recreation amid the architectural splendor of PPG Place," said H. Vaughan Blaxter III, chairman of the board of Hillman Properties. "We are on track to open the Plaza Ice Rink at PPG Place sometime in mid-December."

Admission to public skating sessions at the rink will be $5 for adults, and $4 for children and senior citizens; skate rentals will be $3. Rink operating hours will be announced prior to the official opening.

The project is being entirely funded by Hillman Properties, which acquired PPG Place in 1999 from PPG Industries, Inc.

Hillman Properties first announced the project on August 29, 2001. In addition to the skating rink, the plaza improvement project includes installing computer-choreographed water expression fountains next year at PPG Place. The project will make the outdoor plaza more engaging for people while complementing the reflective beauty of the surrounding PPG Place buildings. It is also expected to attract more visitors to PPG Place and to its retail stores and restaurants.

About PPG Place

Dedicated in 1984, PPG Place has been described by architecture critics and the media as a crown jewel in Pittsburgh's skyline. Located on a five-acre site adjacent to historic Market Square, PPG Place features six glass towers that surround the plaza and are topped with 231 distinctive spires.

The buildings include the main 40-story glass office tower, a 14-story glass building and four six-story glass towers that surround the plaza. PPG Place is also the site of the Wintergarden, a glass-enclosed wing of the main tower that serves as an indoor venue for special events.

About Hillman Properties

Hillman Properties, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hillman Company, is an investor in commercial and residential real estate. In addition to PPG Place, its portfolio includes: International Place in Boston, Mass., a 1.8 million square-foot office complex; World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., a 6,000-acre mixed use project; and Aviara, a Four Seasons Resort Hotel and a 1,000-acre master-planned residential community in Carlsbad, Calif.
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