West End Vacant School Study
West End Alliance | Springboard Design; JKing Architecture, LLC; Integra Realty Resources
This study explores the conditions, marketability and best potential uses of six vacant school buildings within the West End. The study identifies the creative community as an ideal user of these buildings. By using these spaces for art creation and display, these sites could become cultural destinations.
Collaborators: Office of Mayor Bill Peduto; Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Public Schools; Fourth River Development; Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh; Holy Innocents Parish Charitable Trust; Department of City Planning
Re-Use Study for the Former Carnegie Library Building
The New Hazlett Theater | Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
In 2009, the relocation of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Allegheny branch sparked the need for a reuse study of the current building. This study reviews the mechanical and structural systems of the former library building and makes recommendations to the New Hazlett Theater for future building enhancements that include multi-tenant options.
Collaborators: Iams Consulting, LLC; Sota Construction Services, Inc; Watson Engineers; City of Pittsburgh
The Brew House Master Plan
Brew House Association | Lab 8 Designs; Clearscapes Architecture + Art
This non-profit artist’s cooperative identified the former Duquesne Brewery building as its home and sought assistance on constructing a development plan for the building to facilitate sustainability within the property in terms of funding and physical amenities. Through the process of developing the master-plan, several concepts such as history, image, transparency, and sustainability were important. Due to the lack of maintenance over the last 20 years, many recommendations were also conceived on how to tackle issues and constraints with structural repair, parking, increasing transparency, and space re-allocation.
BGC Community/Youth Activity Center
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation | EDGE Studio
This project investigates the feasibility of renovating the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation's existing community center, a restored church, with a focus on increasing the access to all areas of the building, improving the cooling and heating within the space, and allowing more flexibility of building occupancy.
Collaborators: Cintar Engineers; Morgan Property and Construction Consultants
The Union Project
Highland Park Community Development Corp | Desmone Architects
This project provided planning and pre-design assistance in connection with the renovation of the former Union Baptist Church into a facility for art studios, performance areas and community meeting spaces that will continue to serve as a place of worship, and encourage community reinvestment in the surrounding neighborhood.
Collaborators: Manchester Craftmen's Guild; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation; Reed Smith LLP; Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; The Pittsburgh Mennonite Church; The East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Spinning Plate Artist Lofts
East Liberty Development Inc. | Landmark Design Associates
The Constantine Pontiac Building once housed a gulf station and Pontiac car dealership. With the aid of schematic design services funded by the Design Center, the building was transformed into 30 apartment units tailored for low income artists.
Collaborators: Artists & Cities
Pennsylvania Bank Building
Lawrenceville Development Corporation | Desmone and Associates
Design Center provided grant funding for a renovation plan for the Pennsylvania Bank Building. Housing offices since its renovation, the restored building has been a key part of the restoration of Doughboy Square, the entry way to Lawrenceville.