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Libraries for Life

Exceptional, award-winning libraries of the Carnegie Library System

By Becky Spevack Posted on January 3, 2013

In 2011, the Design Pittsburgh jury awarded another Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) project an Honor Award for the renovation and expansion of a branch library within the system.  This is the fifth such award granted over the past eight years, and does not take into consideration awards and accolades given at the national level.  What lies behind this recent dedication to these key community spaces? It all started in 2001 with the CLP’s Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign, raising money to renew and reinvigorate libraries as neighborhood centers, with a focus on energy efficiency and quality design as a way to look to the continued and future relevancy and functionality of these places. The Libraries for LIFE Capital Campaign...

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2012 President’s Holiday Party

This year’s President’s Holiday Party was a great success! The wig was passed from Mark Dietrick, AIA, to Dutch MacDonald, AIA; We honored all of the newly registered architects from 2012; and we all enjoyed the atmosphere of Wigle Whiskey. Thank you to all who attended and enjoyed! [sws_aia_slideshow AIA_Slideshow=””] [/sws_aia_slideshow]

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December @ the AIA

2012 is rapidly coming to a close. As you ponder how yet another year has flown by, remember to take advantage of each day left, and get involved in what the AIA has to offer. It’s time to renew your membership. Or if you’re not a member, maybe 2013 is the year to become one! Deck the halls, bake some cookies, and join us for AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Holiday Party at the city’s newest distillery, Wigle Whiskey. It’s sure to be a merry evening! AIA Membership Renewal – As the year comes to a close, don’t forget to renew your AIA membership so that you don’t miss out on anything in 2013! COTE Top Ten Projects Submissions – The AIA...

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From the Firms – November 29, 2012

Wondering where the news of the local architecture firms is? What’s on the boards? Who has new hires? We’re wondering too! Columns needs to hear from you! Without your news and press releases, we can’t share your successes. Help us get the word out, send us your latest! Email those press releases and updates to bspevack@aiapgh.org and remember to look for a new From the Firms every month.

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November @ the AIA

Kicking up leaves along a sidewalk. Getting one of the last seats on the bus. An inspiring project. A late-night idea. Homemade meals shared among friends and family.  There are so many things to be thankful for and as the year winds down, this month is a great time to keep them in mind. After giving thanks, don’t forget to renew your membership, make sure your continuing education credits are all accounted for, and save room for pie! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal! Renew by December 31st and you will both receive a free continuing education course via AIA Virtual Convention as well as be entered into a drawing to win a complete AIA 2013...

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From the Firms – October 31, 2012

Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BC+C, Director of Digital Practice at Astorino, delivered a presentation entitled “Social Media in Architecture” at the 2012 Annual TAP Conference – the meeting of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community – that explored social media as a transformative method of communication all too often dismissed by architects.  Skripac holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University, and currently serves as a Leadership Team member for the AIA TAP Knowledge Community at the national level. Mascaro Construction Company, LP is the recipient of the 2012 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) in the midsized company category. This national award from the Foundation for Financial Service Providers (FSP) recognizes companies...

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Design Pittsburgh Gala and Awards Ceremony

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Design Pittsburgh 2012

See the winners of this year's juried competition

ARCHITECTURE: Silver Medal PROJECT: Gateway Station – North Shore Connector CLIENT: Port Authority of Allegheny County ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Light/Motion Collaborative CONTRACTOR: Whiting-Turner PHOTOGRAPHER: Massery Photography, Inc. ENGINEERS: AECOM; Atlantic Engineering Services; Allen & Shariff Corporation DESCRIPTION: Gateway Station is the centerpiece of a 1.2-mile extension of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s light rail system.  Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle business district, the station provides intermodal connections and dramatic views of the city.  The extensive use of glass introduces natural light deep into the station and serves as a visible gateway and readily identifiable landmark. JURY COMMENTS:  As the entry says, “It is intuitive, it’s transparent, and it’s transit.”  The architect captured this very essence. This is...

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October @ the AIA

Experience architecture this month with Design Pittsburgh

Each year, the month of October features AIA Pittsburgh’s celebration of architecture and those who create it. It is once again time for Design Pittsburgh, our annual design competition, exhibit, gala, and awards ceremony. We are also honoring Lisa Schroeder, President and CEO of Riverlife, with AIA Pittsburgh’s Gold Medal for her contributions to good design.  Looking for a way to reconnect with the architecture community? This is a great time to experience over 80 projects, meet up with other architects, and get inspired! AIA Membership Campaign – Time for your annual membership renewal!  Renew by December 31st and you will both receive a free continuing education course via AIA Virtual Convention as well as be entered into a drawing...

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From the Firms – September 30, 2012

AE Works was recently recognized as one of the 2012 Pittsburgh 100. The Pittsburgh 100 ranks the fastest-growing for-profit companies in western Pennsylvania. A newcomer to this list, AE Works is ranked as the sixth fastest growing company. Adding to this distinction, the firm is also listed as the number one fastest growing company in their market segment, which consists of the construction, real estate, and development industry. This recognition comes on the heels of the firm’s fifth year in business and recent headquarters relocation. The new St. Thomas A’ Becket Church, designed by Astorino, has been dedicated. The $7.3 million project includes a 750-seat worship space, parish offices, and a 100-seat day chapel. Shell space is provided on the...

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