In 1956 our company began with two roofers, Duke Burns and John Scalo, who were ready to make a name for themselves in the Pittsburgh roofing business. As part of their investments as business partners, John and Duke started a real estate development company, Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services, investing in real estate with small, single- and double-unit apartment buildings. James (Jim) Scalo, through his college years and upon graduation, worked for his father’s contracting firm. Soon, James took charge of the company-owned real estate portfolio, expanding the business by taking on the management of larger properties and acting as a commercial developer. In 1985, James was named Director of Development, and in recognition of his contributions to growing the firm, he was named President of Burns Scalo Real Estate Services in 1990.
Today, Burns Scalo Real Estate (BSRE) has expanded it’s investment and services portfolio to include commercial office structures, flex and warehouse buildings, apartment buildings, and build-to-suit opportunities. The company owns and manages over 5 million square feet of commercial real estate for both private investment and third-party owners. BSRE looks into the future with more growth and success for multiple generations to come.