and revitalize Funfest Entertainment Center
Project will bring a zip-line, go-kart track, miniature golf,
fresh American cuisine and new outdoor patio seating
PITTSBURGH, August 13, 2014 -- McKnight Development Corporation has announced an investment and development plan that will transform the current Funfest Entertainment facility in Harmarville into a modern, expansive family entertainment center with an exciting suite of new indoor and outdoor attractions.
“Our vision is to create a destination where people can come to relax and enjoy themselves, have high quality food, and experience exciting activities together, year round,” said Jim Rudolph, a co-owner of the establishment. “We plan to completely renovate the existing center and expand our footprint by including several exciting outdoor attractions. Most importantly, we’ll continue to engage with the communities we serve through our numerous programs with non-profits and more than 200 schools.”
McKnight Development has owned and operated the Funfest facility, located at 2525 Freeport Road, for more than 30 years. Currently in the design and concept phase, McKnight will have an initial phase of improvements complete by the end of 2014, with additional development occurring in 2015.
The plan includes additions to the staff and management team, a revitalization of the existing 40 bowling lanes, an expanded kitchen with a new menu focused on high quality American cuisine, a new 3,000 square foot bar and outdoor patio area, and a fully renovated game room with more than fifty new video and redemption games. In addition, the plan will create a new Boutique Bowling and event space with eight premium lanes, projection screens, and meeting rooms that will be available for corporate events, parties, or use by the general public.
Additional attractions will include a cutting-edge zip line, modern go-kart track, indoor bumper cars, expanded laser tag arena, miniature golf course, and several enhancements to the exterior of the building. McKnight also plans to expand partnerships to attract diverse events such as car shows, food-truck round-ups, and other community-related events.
To begin making room for the coming attractions in 2015, the company recently demolished the vacant building located at 2501 Freeport Road, which was the former site of Franco’s Restaurant. In addition, the owners hired a new General Manager and a new Director of Technology to help lead the improvements to the facility. Alex Guntrum joined the team as general manager, bringing over 30 years of experience with Chuck E. Cheese, and Gregg Jackson, also a former Chuck E. Cheese employee, join Funfest as the new Director of Technology, bringing over ten years of experience to his new position.
Bruce D. Robinson Design Group of Cincinnati was selected as design architect, bringing experience that includes the highly acclaimed design of Lost Kennywood at the regional amusement park, as well as attractions ranging from Angry Birds Land in Finland, to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Orlando, FL. Bruce and his team are joined by Pittsburgh-based architect Scot Kurtz, who has over 38 years of experience and is the designer for Fun Fore All located in Cranberry Township.
The project will create several short-term construction jobs and help the company meet its goal of creating steady jobs for its more than thirty seasonal workers while expanding its overall base of 50 employees. Built in 1980, the facility has maintained a 70,000 square foot parking lot since that time. The footprint of the space will not change, allowing plenty of room for parking and construction. An active community partner, Funfest has students from more than 200 schools participating in after school bowling leagues and has worked with 118 non-profit organizations.
ABOUT MCKNIGHT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Based in Pittsburgh, McKnight Development Corporation is a leading real estate investment and development company. Established in 1959, the company built one of the most advanced bowling centers in Western Pennsylvania and has since purchased significant retail, industrial and multi-family properties that have been developed into high-level investments. With roots in the hotel and restaurant businesses, the firm has expanded beyond its Pittsburgh roots with development in Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas and Indianapolis. Its Pittsburgh properties include Thorn Run Crossing, Heinz 57 Center, 610 Smithfield Street, The Henry W. Oliver Building, The Grant Building and Cranberry Woods.
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