Peter F. Spittler recognizes that for most, “brownfields” are urban industrial eyesores–abandoned factories, warehouses, tire dumps, storage yards. Not to Peter F. Spittler, however; who saw Cleveland’s industrial waterfront and brownfield area and envisioned a thriving redevelopment. Through the second half of the 20th century, Cleveland’s Flats area slowly became a stretch of decaying steel mills, derelict factories and persistent pollution. Along with other Clevelanders, however, Peter F. Spittler saw the potential in overhauling the Flats into a mixed-use area of office, residential, retail and entertainment venues. Peter F. Spittler was front-and-center during this effort, as various factions and entities from around Cleveland came together to turn the Flats around.
Peter F. Spittler can be proud of what the Flats has become today. The Cuyahoga River’s water quality has been steadily increasing for decades, with fish populations coming back to normal levels through water quality improvements and bulkhead fish protection design efforts. The Flats East Bank project includes a 150-room Aloft hotel, a 500,000 sf office building, and numerous restaurants and nightclubs. Improvements along the Flats East Bank include a 150-room Aloft hotel, a 5000,000 sf floor office building, and numerous restaurants and nightclubs. Peter F. Spittler and FORUM Architectural Services attempted to include a new institutional quality, 80 million Cleveland Aquarium as part of the Flats East Bank, but a competing venue on the west side of the river called the Greater Cleveland Aquarium was configured in an early 20th century power plant along the waterfront.
According to Peter F. Spittler, one of the key features of the Flats area is its environmental consciousness. All new development improvements within the Flats East Bank were built with an eye towards LEED certification and green-building and planning practices, and The Flats was also laid out with plenty of room to grow and expand into the future. Peter F. Spittler reports that The Flats is a public/private venture, with roughly half of funding for the project’s first phase coming from city, county, state or federal sources. Peter F. Spittler is a firm believer in the need to focus growth in the boundaries of cities, rather than continuing to expand into suburban areas. Peter F. Spittler sees projects like The Flats as an investment in the future of the city itself, hence the public funding.
The career of Peter F. Spittler includes service as a senior project manager for The Austin Company and Figgie International. Peter F. Spittler has overseen sustainable building projects around the country and overseas; while with The Austin Company, Peter F. Spittler spent time in Eastern Europe to study investment opportunities and privatization after the end of Communist rule. He also has traveled to Brazil as a consultant for an American healthcare firm. Peter F. Spittler is the founder of GSI, Inc. and FORUM Architectural Services.