Higher Education and Transformation – January 2013

By Posted on April 6, 2013

AIA Pittsburgh members have designed remarkable additions and expansions on college campuses throughtout the country.

We look back at some award-winning projects.

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Student Activity Center; University of Texas, Austin. FIRM: WTW Architects/Overland Partners Architects. As a university with one of the largest student bodies in the nation, the University of Texas at Austin planned a building to serve their growing student population on the East side of campus, culminating after almost 60 years of student lobbying for another dedicated social and cultural center. The Student Activity Center focuses on activity spaces including performance spaces, event spaces, meeting spaces, casual lounges, dining spaces, and outdoor gathering spaces. (HONOR AWARD 2012) Chris Cooper Photographer

Center for Student Success, College of Business Administration; University of Pittsburgh. FIRM: The Design Alliance Architects. The Center for Student Success was created via a renovation to support the College’s “2014 Breakthrough Goals”, which focuses on the launching of the graduates’ business careers. The space was made to visually reinforce a culture that supports both academics and career development. (CERTIFICATE OF MERIT 2012) Photograph by The Design Alliance Architects

Allegheny College, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. FIRM: Ennead Architects LLP. The Vukovich Center is desinged to promote the communication arts, conceived as a teaching theatre for drama, television, and related arts. The facility includes rehearsal and instructional spaces, technologically-advanced video production facilities, a 250-seat theatre and faculty office spaces. (HONOR AWARD 2010) Photograph by ESTO

Tepper West Addition, Carnegie Mellon University. FIRM: EDGE studio. This addition to the Tepper School of Business provides a new entrance and technical infrastructure, as well as the space needed to accomodate a flexible, fully wired seminar room along with offices that were a precursor to reorganization and renovation of the adjacent structure. (HONOR AWARD 2009) Photograph by EDGE studio

The Excavation of Mellon Hall, Chatham University. FIRM: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. This adaptive reuse and historic reconstruction included the excavation and resotoration of the building’s facade as well as construction of new openings and landscaping that was sensitive to the original design, created by Frederick Law Olmstead. (HONOR AWARD 2008) Photograph by Massery Photography, Inc.

Center for Informatics, Northern Kentucky University. FIRM: Burt Hill/SFA Architects. Combining a robust engineering infrastructure with intertwined public space dedicated to the nurturing of a new community, the design encourages inhabitants to create connections between disciplines, emerging technologies, and the natural, technological, and cultural context. (OPEN PLAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2008)

Collaborative Innovation Center, Carnegie Mellon University. FIRM: dggp Architecture. The design of the building is intended to extend the spirit of Henry Hornbostel’s tectonic expression. The building fenestration is simple, direct, and economical, using essential materials in ways that reveal their assembly. Additionally, the proportional relationships are drawn for this and other campus buildings with particular attention to a layering of elements at different scales. (HONOR AWARD 2007) Photograph by Massery Photography, Inc.

The Attic at the West Building, Gettysburg College. FIRM: studio d’ARC architects, PC. Located in an industrial building, this student social space is comprised of a series of internal and external spaces that are visually linked to each other. The Attic's main space on the second floor is accessed by an external stair tower which acts as a lantern to the campus and declares that it is in use. (CERTIFICATE OF MERIT 2005) Photograph by Nicholas Traub, Photography

Chatham College Center for Art & Design. FIRM: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. Interior renovation and conversion of a 1950s gymnasium into a studio arts facility. The goal was to retain the large open space while creating distinct classrooms for the studio programs. A steel and lass bridge in the center connects the existing mezzanines and creates display and critique space. (CERIFICATE OF MERIT 2005) Photograph by Massery Photography, Inc.

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