Thursday, May 23, 2019

KBS and HFF Partner to Close Sale of Pierre Laclede Center in Clayton, MO

Pierre Laclede Center, an iconic, two building, Class A office complex totaling 579,846 SF in Clayton, MO

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (May 23, 2019) – KBS, one of the largest owners of commercial real estate and Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today the sale of the Pierre Laclede Center, an iconic, two building, Class A office complex totaling 579,846 square feet in the St. Louis area city of Clayton, Missouri.

 HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, KBS. The property was purchased by Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, a national real estate investment management firm based in Richmond, Virginia.

Pieree Laclede exterior

The Pierre Laclede Center was part of the KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II portfolio. Purchased in 2010, the Pierre Laclede Center offers easy access to both downtown St. Louis and the Lambert International Airport via nearby Interstates 170 and 64.

The Pierre Laclede Center comprises two high-rise office towers located at 7701 and 7773 Forsyth Boulevard in the heart of Clayton’s central business district.

The property is a long-established business destination that combines distinctive features, extensive amenities and core location. Pierre Laclede Center’s unrivaled amenity base includes an outdoor veranda/patio area, conference rooms, fitness centers, café, deli, on-site concierge and car washing.

Pierre Laclede interior

Additionally, The St. Louis Club, a premier private-dining club, occupies the top floor of the Pierre Laclede Center and offers views of downtown and the St. Louis arch. The property is within walking distance to Clayton’s burgeoning restaurant and retail scene as well as public transportation.

“The Pierre Laclede Center is a dynamic property in the Clayton office market,” said Dan Park, senior vice president for KBS and asset manager of the property. “We are excited for the new owners and hope they carry on the legacy of this iconic asset.”

Pierre Laclede interior

The Clayton area experienced a tightened vacancy rate for its Class A properties at 3.8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 according to CBRE St. Louis Office Market View Q1 2019.

Daniel Park
Moreover, the Missouri unemployment rate hit 3 percent, its lowest in 50 years, which proved the market’s viability.

 “The Pierre Laclede Center is unique to the St. Louis area, which reflects directly on the continued demand of leasing we’ve seen at the property,” said Marc DeLuca, regional president, Eastern United States for KBS.

 “We anticipate that the new owner will see the same success that we have had in the area.”

Marc DeLuca

The HFF investment advisory team representing the seller included senior managing directors Jaime Fink, Jeffrey Bramson and Danny Kaufman and directors Bryan Rosenberg, Patrick Shields and Sam DiFrancesca.

Lingerfelt CommonWealth will own the tower via its discretionary investment vehicle, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Value Fund II.

Commonwealth Commercial Partners, an affiliated commercial real estate operating firm (also based in Richmond, VA), will open its 14th U.S. office in Clayton and will handle all aspects of the day-to-day asset and property management for the Pierre Laclede Center, in addition to servicing assets for other owners in the St. Louis metro.

Jaime Fink
“The Pierre Laclede Center presented investors with a unique opportunity to invest in Clayton, which is the undisputed preferred choice of office tenants in the St. Louis metropolitan area,” Fink said.

“The core asset offered substantial upside given its highly sought-after infill location combined with the institutional quality of the buildings.”

About KBS

 KBS is a private equity real estate company and an SEC-registered investment adviser. Founded in 1992 by Peter Bren and Chuck Schreiber, it is recognized as one of the largest commercial office owners globally.

Since inception, KBS-affiliated companies have completed transactional activity of approximately $40 billion via 16 separate accounts and six commingled funds, for government and corporate pension funds.

Jeff Bramson
Additionally, KBS has sponsored five sovereign wealth funds and seven SEC-registered, non-traded REITs.

 For more information on KBS, its properties and real estate portfolios, please visit

For information about KBS’ current offerings, please visit, an online portal for self-directed accredited investors to participate in institutional-quality real estate without paying up-front fees or commissions.

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About Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners

Peter Bren
 Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, headquartered in Richmond, VA, is a vertically integrated, full service real estate investment management firm with additional offices Hampton Roads VA, Nashville TN, Jacksonville FL, Tampa FL, Greensboro NC, Charlotte NC, Raleigh/Durham NC, Greenville SC, Charleston SC, Houston TX, Kansas City MO, St. Louis, MO, and Reading PA.

Together with its predecessors in the private sector and public REIT sector, its partners have built, acquired and managed nearly 20 million square feet of commercial real estate valued at approximately $2 billion across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Learn more at:

About HFF

Charles 'Chuck' Schreiber
 HFF and its affiliates operate out of 26 offices and are a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the global commercial real estate industry.

 HFF, together with its affiliates, offers clients a fully integrated capital markets platform, including debt placement, investment advisory, equity placement, funds marketing, M&A and corporate advisory, loan sales and loan servicing.

 HFF, HFF Real Estate Limited, HFF Securities L.P. and HFF Securities Limited are owned by HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF).

Bryan Rosenberg

Daniel Kaufman


For more information, please visit or follow HFF on Twitter @HFF.


 JAIME FINK HFF Senior Managing Director (312) 528-3650

JEFFREY BRAMSON HFF Senior Managing Director (312) 528-3650

DANNY KAUFMAN MO Lic. #2012028715 HFF Senior Managing Director (312) 528-3650

OLIVIA HENNESSEY HFF Public Relations Specialist
(713) 852-3403

CHRIS SULLIVAN MacMillan Communications for KBS
(212) 473-4442

GINNY WALKER KBS Public Relations Manager (949) 417-6535

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