Crane-Served Warehouse for Lease Or Rent - Pittsburgh Metro

Last Updated March 19, 2024

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You've likely found us here because you are searching for Crane-Served or Crane-Ready warehouse space for Lease Or Rent in the Pittsburgh Metro. Our Pittsburgh Metro affiliate broker has extensive experience with crane warehouse space, having leased and sold existing properties and worked with developers on build-to-suit spaces for lease. We’ll identify the best listed and unlisted Crane-Served Warehouses for Lease Or Rent in the Pittsburgh Metro at no charge to you. Stop wasting your own time searching listings!

Crane spaces usually have unique characteristics, which we'll discuss in more detail in this article. The spaces come in many shapes and sizes, and we've performed a search for this article that covers small to medium-sized spaces for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh . That search is summarized below. We are ready, willing, and able to conduct a comprehensive search for crane warehouse space for lease, rent, or sale meeting your specific requirements. Read on for more detail about the characteristics of crane equipped space, as well as the results of our search for this article.

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Pittsburgh's historic industrial destination has left many properties with cranes. Even though the deindustrialization of the 1980s dismantled many steel mills, many properties with cranes are still available on the market, ready to be remodeled or refurbished should you prefer to buy. You will have many more options if you need to rent or lease. Cranes are ideal for large businesses, such as distribution centers or manufacturing, but other companies and industries also need them. 

Want to learn more about warehouses with cranes in Pittsburgh? Keep reading our post to find out which warehouse your business needs or how to contact us.

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This section will not be a comprehensive summary of use cases for a crane equipped warehouse property. Cranes in a warehouse are most commonly associated with placement of and/or adding value to or repair of heavy equipment and parts.

At the most basic level, a crane is used to lift, move, and place a heavy item. The type of crane you need for your use-case is driven by the size and weight of the objects you need to move and the area within which you need to move them. The following is a quick summary of some of your options. If you need small-area coverage with moderate-weight items that can be lifted and placed within a radial area, then you might get by with a Jib crane. The Jib crane is attached to a wall support at a single point and the arm attached to the support lifts and places the item.  A Gantry crane is a small version of a bridge-type crane that can be fixed or portable. It usually has a beam between two supports stabilized at the floor. The height of this type of crane can be fixed or variable. The beam at the top holds a hoist mechanism that lifts and can move between the two supports. This crane can also move around manually, giving you a broader range of motion. This crane type is also intended for lighter loads and can provide a broader range of movement than the radial movement of a Jib crane. The last type we'll discuss here is the overhead bridge crane. This crane type is highly versatile and able to lift larger loads. The crane generally consists of 2 parallel structural rail systems between which the bridge crane is suspended. The bridge holds at least one hoist that can traverse the bridge between the rails, and then the bridge can move through the building the length of the rails. This type of crane - which has many sub-types - is the most common and versatile. It is also quite expensive - but if you need a crane, you need a crane!

To utilize a heavy crane system in a Crane-Equipped Warehouse for lease or rent in Pittsburgh, the building needs to have certain characteristics. For a large bridge crane installation, you generally wish to maximize the volume through which the installed hoist can traverse to position the heavy parts and equipment where you need them. You need to be able to get these parts and equipment into and out of your building and within reach of the hoist.

You need the useful height of the inside of your building - or clear height - high enough to handle the size of the bridge throughout the movement of the bridge along the support rails, achieving your desired Hook Height. Go to this article for a more detailed discussion of clear height.

The distance between roof supports in your Crane-Served Warehouse for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh that obstruct movement within your building - or span - needs to be wide enough to allow for the support rails to be built such that movement of the bridge is not obstructed.

Your Crane-Equipped Warehouse for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh needs to be built to handle the weight of processing equipment, the equipment being processed, crane support structures, bridges, hoists, trucks moving everything in and out of the warehouse, etc. The rail support structure can be integrated into one or more of the walls with proper reinforcement, or they can be built within the building from the floor.

Generally, a crane-equipped or crane-ready warehouse for lease or rent in Pittsburgh will require more power than the average facility simply to power the crane. In addition to this, the manufacturing processes such a crane would support would also tend to require  more power. As such, this type of facility would generally be equipped with "Heavy Power." For more information on this topic, please go to our article on "Heavy Power," sometimes also called "Large Power."

Saying that a facility is equipped with a crane means, of course, that there is one or more crane installation(s) already there. Since the purchase and installation of a crane can be quite expensive and time consuming, having what you need already there can be a big advantage. That said, such a crane installation might be bigger or smaller than you need - a fact that brings with it issues on either side. A larger crane can cost more to operate and maintain than necessary. Upgrading from a smaller crane to a larger crane can be expensive, if not impractical. On the other hand, a statement that a facility is "crane-ready" should also be viewed with skepticism, as it can mean many things to many people. It's safe to say that it should be significantly less expensive to install a crane in a "crane-ready" facility, whereas it may or may not be practical in a building that is not "crane-ready." Just make sure to quantify exactly what "crane-ready" warehouse for lease or rent in Pittsburgh means relative to each lease or rent option your broker discovers for you.

Given recent economic events involving COVID, Shipping, Supply Chain Issues, and Inflation, the issue of acquiring a property with an appropriate crane, or a given set of cranes already in place takes on even more relevance. We've observed in particular that the price and lead time of hoists have escalated rapidly during this time. This won't always be the case, but in times of tight supply, it certainly should be something you are concerned about.

You generally need to comprehend the size of the parts and equipment you need to move into and out of your Crane-Served Warehouse for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh, including any transport equipment (trucks, forklifts, etc.) you intend to use for that movement. Businesses often allow space for a truck to drive into the movement volume of the crane to get the parts and equipment into and out of the building as needed. Some scenarios can require very large door openings, and this must be planned for in advance.

Divisibility of Crane-Equipped Warehouses for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh is an interesting topic. For starters, divisibility is defined as the amount and configurations a landlord is willing (or able) to carve out from a larger building to lease to a tenant. This is possibly less interesting to you if you are planning to purchase a warehouse, although if you are buying it to sub-divide and lease out portions of the warehouse after purchase, then it will be relevant. While certainly possible bridge crane-served buildings, there are limits that are worth discussing. In a building with one or more bridge cranes, the minimum divisibility would generally be considered the space enclosing the movement area of one crane. Even that COULD be reduced some, but that starts to become pretty costly for the landlord as the leftover space would not be crane-equipped, or if a crane was needed, another crane would have to be installed. Let's just say that divisibility is fairly constrained - more-so than in some building types. You can see more discussion on this topic in our article on warehouse divisibility.

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Survey Item 1 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
I-376 and I-79
Keyword Selection
Pittsburgh International Airport
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 86000
Office Square Feet
Actual: 4600
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 23
Further Description * 86,000 SF Building Size
* 53,805 SF of Industrial Space Available
* 5.70 AC Lot Size
* Built 1990
* 4,600 SF office space
* LED Lighting
* 23' Clear Height
* 5-ton cranes
* Drive-in doors
* Power Supply Volts: 480 Phase: 3
* I-1 General Industrial District Zoning


The building comprises 86,000 square feet and accommodates multiple tenants. Situated on a 5.70-acre lot, it falls under I-1 General Industrial District Zoning and was constructed in 1990. Within the premises, there are 53,805 square feet of industrial space available, along with 4,600 square feet designated for private offices, conference rooms, break rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms. The typical bay spacing measures 90 feet, with a clearance of 17 feet under hook and 23.5 feet under beam. It is equipped with four drive-in doors and five 5-ton cranes to facilitate various industrial operations. Additionally, radiant heat is provided in the warehouse space, along with LED lighting for energy efficiency. The power supply is robust, offering 480 volts in 3-phase configuration.

Survey Item 2 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 706126
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 58
Further Description * 706,126 SF Building Size
* 90,122 SF Industrial Space Available
* 70.00 AC Lot Size
* Built 1960 / Renovated 1966
* Masonry Construction
* 58’ Clear Height
* 6" Warehouse Floor
* Dry Sprinkler System
* Natural Gas
* City Sewer & Water
* 12 Drive-In Bays
*15 Exterior Dock Doors
* 7 Levelers
* Seven 5-ton cranes
* 750 Standard Parking Spaces
* Amps: 600 Volts: 220-480 Phase: 3

Comprising a total area of 706,126 square feet, this multi-tenancy facility stands on a spacious 70.00-acre lot. Originally built in 1960 and later renovated in 1966, the property boasts robust masonry construction, ensuring durability and longevity. There are two available industrial spaces; one is an 85,500-square feet area featuring seven 5-ton cranes with a clearance of 22 feet under the hook. This space also includes one drive-in bay, three loading docks, 8-inch concrete floors, radiant heaters, and a dry sprinkler system for enhanced safety. Another space measures 4,622 square feet, with 320 square feet dedicated to office space, one drive-in bay, and one loading dock. Power supply specifications indicate 600 amps, operating at 220-480 volts with a three-phase configuration. The property utilizes natural gas for heating and is connected to city sewer and water systems. Ample parking is provided, with a capacity for 750 standard vehicles.

Survey Item 3 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Monongahela River
Keyword Selection
Pittsburgh International Airport
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 89440
Further Description * 89,440 SF Building Size
* 8.62 AC Lot Size
* 1 (15-ton) Crane
* Built 1900
* M2 Zoning
* Rail Access

This facility has a building size of 89,440 SF and features two loading docks for van/flatbed trucks, a loading dock for railcar/boxcar, a river dock for barges with a 15-ton capacity crane and 80 feet truck scale.

Survey Item 4 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Route 837
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Route 148
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Route 43
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Route 51 Interchange
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Allegheny County Airport
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U.S. Route 30
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 88600
Office Square Feet
Actual: 5300
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 37
Further Description * 35,300 SF of Industrial Space
* 5.16 AC Lot Size
* Built 1970
* Metal Constructed
* (1) 10-ton crane
* 37' Clear Height
* 3 Exterior Dock Doors
* 7 Drive-In Bays
* Amps: 1,000 Volts: 277-480 Phase: 3 Power Supply

This property was constructed in 1970 and has a building area of 88,600 square feet with multiple tenancies. Erected on a lot of 1970 acres, it is zoned for manufacturing. Currently, it offers an industrial space measuring 35,300 square feet equipped with a 10-ton crane. It features a clear height of 24–27 feet, three exterior dock doors, seven drive-in bays, and a power supply of 1,000 amps at 277–480 volts on a 3-phase system. The property includes a yard and also has 5,300 square feet of office space.

Survey Item 5 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Route 65 and Route 51
Keyword Selection
Shell Petrochemical Cracker Facility
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 260000
Office Square Feet
Actual: 1000
Clear Height (ft)
Minimum: 20
Maximum: 38
Further Description * 80,000 SF Industrial Space
* 20.60 AC Lot Size
* Built 1932
* 12 Drive-In Bays
* Industrial Zoning
* Metal Constructed
* 1,000 SF office space
* 20’ - 38’ Clear Height
* 1 Exterior Dock Doors
* Phase: 3 Power Supply
* 260,000 SF Building Size
* Plant offices and restrooms
* 32 Standard Parking Spaces
* Three 10-ton cranes & One 5-ton crane
* Large yard area for laydown and parking

This property occupies a lot size of 20.60 acres and boasts a building size of 260,000 square feet, split up into multi-units. The facility was constructed in 1932 and currently has 80,000 square feet of industrial space available. It has been built with metal materials and adheres to the regulations of industrial zoning. It is equipped with a three-phase power supply and has a variable clear height ranging from 20 to 38 feet. The property features one exterior dock door and twelve drive-in bays, as well as 32 standard parking spaces. Additionally, there is a spacious yard area available for laydown and parking purposes. The building includes plant offices and restroom facilities, and it is equipped with three 10-ton cranes and one 5-ton crane. Furthermore, there is 1,000 square feet of office space on the premises.

Survey Item 6 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 132492
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 22
Further Description * 132,492 SF Building Size
* 11.06 AC Lot Size
* Built 1977
* Masonry Constructed
* PIC Zoning
* (2) 3-ton Cranes
* (1) 5-ton Crane
* 22' Clear Height
* 17 Drive-In Bays

This property has an impressive building size of 132,492 square feet nestled on a spacious 11.06-acre lot. Consist of nine buildings that were built in 1977 from sturdy masonry materials, ensuring it's durability throughout the years. Inside, the 22-foot clear height offers ample vertical space for various industrial operations. As well as two 3-ton cranes and one 5-ton crane making lifting at ease. The building is also equipped with 17 drive-in bays, providing easy and convenient access for the loading and unloading of goods. The property offers two flex spaces, one with 29,302 SF features high parking counts, high visibility, and drive-in access, and a 94,290 SF with high parking counts, high ceilings, and will be dock and drive-in ready.

Survey Item 7 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
I-79
Keyword Selection
Pittsburgh International Airport
Keyword Selection
PA Turnpike
Keyword Selection
Zelienople Municipal Airport
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 256000
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 30
Office Square Feet
Actual: 1500
Further Description * 256,000 SF Building Size
* 18.29 AC Lot Size
* 1950 Year Built
* Masonry Construction
* 30’ Clear Height
* 6 Drive-In Bays
* 8 Dock Doors
* I Zoning
* $5.25 /SF/YR Rental Rate
* 15,000 SF Min. Divisible
* Volts: 480 Phase: 3 Wire: 4 Power Supply

This industrial warehouse was built in 1968 utilizing masonry construction and it has a square footage of 140,803 on a lot area of 6.02 AC. The facility served with 1200A, 480V 3Phase electrical supply and mercury vapor lighting. The structure has 50 x 20 column spacing and a ceiling height of 16 feet. It also features 20 dock doors, 20 drive-in bays, 20 levelers, 2 overhead 1-ton cranes and 1,500 SF of office space.

Survey Item 8 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Pittsburgh International Airport
Keyword Selection
Conway Rail Yard
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 45446
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 34
Further Description * 45,446 SF Building Size
* 85.00 AC Lot Size
* Built 1909/ Renovated 1988
* 34’5” Clear Height
* 3 Drive-In Bays
* 1 Dock Door
* Volts: 120-208 Power Supply
* Industrial Zoning
* 102 SF Min. Divisible
* 24 Hour Access Features

This 67,870 SF industrial warehouse was built in 1909 and refurbished in 1988, with a total lot size of 85.000 AC. Includes a minimum ceiling height of 25 feet, wide column spacing, new 6-inch reinforced 4,000 psi concrete floors, and heavy-duty utilities are available. It is also a rail served and crane served capable space.

Survey Item 9 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Highland Park Bridge
Keyword Selection
2-6 Freeport Rd
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 23000
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 24
Further Description * 23,000 SF Building Size
* 1.40 AC Lot Size
* Built 1950
* Masonry Construction
* 1 Drive-In Bays
* 1 Exterior Dock Doors
* 14' - 24’ Clear Height

A 20,000 SF warehouse and 3,000 SF of office space sit on a 1.40 AC land. The structure has a 14' to 24' ceiling height, one 5-ton crane, powered by 240v, 400amp, 3 Phase & 240v, 400amp single phase and one 14' dock door and drive-in access.

Survey Item 10 of 10 Help Me Find Properties Like This
Property Type Lease
Transaction Type Industrial & Flex
Location Keywords
Keyword Selection
Pittsburgh International Airport
Keyword Selection
Route 28 North
Keyword Selection
PA Turnpike
Property Descriptions
Total Square Feet
Actual: 35880
Office Square Feet
Actual: 7824
Clear Height (ft)
Actual: 26
Further Description * 35,880 SF Building Size
* 3.32 AC Lot Size
* 7,824 SF Office/Showroom
* 1 (3-ton) Crane
* Built 1940
* Masonry Constructed
* I Zoning
* 21,780 SF Parking Lot
* Amps: 208 Volts: 120 Phase: 3 Power Supply

A masonry constructed facility consists of a 12,250 SF warehouse and a 7,824 SF office/showroom which was built in 1940. Features one 12' x 14' drive-in, 2 loading docks, a ceiling height of 26’ peak and 16’ to sides, Amps: 208 Volts: 120 Phase: 3 electrical supply, one 3-ton crane and a 21,780 SF for parking area.

Crane-Served or Crane Equipped is important for certain applications. Cranes are less common than many other warehouse features as they can be quite expensive. There are other ways to search for this type of property or space. A few of these are listed below:

  • Drive-Thru Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Heavy Equipment Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Equipment Repair Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale
  • Maintenance Warehouse for Lease, Rent, or Sale

There are many more options for searching for Crane-Served or Crane-Equipped Warehouses for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh. There are also several issues we can help you with that are not mentioned elsewhere - things like:

  • Oversized Doors
  • Rollup Doors
  • Hoists

There are several cities included in the Pittsburgh Metro Area - here are a few of the larger ones: Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Washington, Butler, New Kensington, Uniontown, Jeannette, Aliquippa, Beaver Falls, & Latrobe.

The rest - hopefully close to an inclusive list, is on our Pittsburgh Metro Area home page. You can navigate directly to the link on your Metro Home Page using the In-Page link for "Service Area Summary." This list includes all of the Cities and Towns we know in the Metro Area. Each City and Town listed is also a link to detailed statistics about that specific place drawn from various Census Bureau reports.

When a client asks us to help them search for a property to meet their needs for a Crane Warehouse for Lease Or Rent in Pittsburgh, we go to the best listing services and to our fellow Commercial Real Estate brokers to pull together all the information available for properties meeting the stated client requirements. We validate the information to be provided - likely by talking directly with the selling or leasing brokers - and then help our clients go through this information to help them select the best fit properties, from which the client would select properties they wish to tour. We are posting an abbreviated version of a search we've either performed for another client, or one we've performed particularly for this article. We call the information provided in this article a "Survey," and we'd love to turn this survey into a full set of search results based upon your requirements! If you don't see a survey in the next section, it just means we haven't gotten around to it yet. If you need this type of property, please do let us know and we'll contact you to get started. The search we perform for you will include most or all categories you see here, plus information about pricing, other expenses, availability, and anything we can find regarding other requirements you provide for your use case. We would provide all of this, along with any available flyers, photos, and detailed information regarding each property.

This standard brokerage service is provided at no cost to you as it is ordinarily included in the transaction and paid for by the seller or landlord.

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Our job is to find a selection of Crane Warehouses for Lease Or Rent in the Pittsburgh Metro using all public and private information services along with our shoe leather and connections. This identification process is without financial obligation to you. Brokers make their money at closing, and these commissions are generally included in the lease and purchase price. To make contact with us, please use our chat widget at the bottom right of your screen, call the number at the top right of your screen, or go to our form page to send us your contact information and a summary of your requirement. For more information about our Pittsburgh Area Affiliate, and more about what we do for you, please visit our Pittsburgh Metro Area.

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