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The Design Pittsburgh People's Choice Award is your opportunity to weigh in on some of the recently designed (or redesigned) places and spaces in our community. Architecture is a part of our daily environment and we want to hear from you what good design means to you.
As you look through the projects submitted, ask yourself: Does the project inspire you? Would you enjoy spending time in that space? How does the project enhance or serve our community?
Looking to expand its eastern US presence, Aurora Innovation Inc. revitalized a historic warehouse building at 1600 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s storied Strip District. The “Open-Road” design concept, inspired by Pittsburgh’s bridges and streets, created an engaging workspace that promoted the company’s innovation while staying rooted in the story of its neighborhood. The project blended historic preservation, community integration, and team-focused design, showcasing a strong commitment to both the city and Aurora’s guiding values.
Category: Large Architecture
Architecture Firm: LGA Partners
Project Team: Paulette Burns, RA, NCARB, WELL AP; Marianne Talarico Smith, RA, NCARB, LEED AP; Shannon Campbell; Daniel Hudock, RA; Heidi Tabor; Jesse Gidley, RA, NCARB, CPHC; Bill Edmonds
Client: Aurora Innovation, Inc.
Contractor: PJ Dick, Dan Bell - General Contractor
Engineers: Loftus Engineers, LLC now McKim & Creed, Skip Fox - Exterior Structural + MEP Engineer; WNA Engineering, Inc., Greg Torchia, LEED AP - Interior MEP Engineer; Taylor Structural Engineers, Inc., Pamela Holcomb, PE - Interior Structural Engineer; Gateway Engineers, Inc., Sean Donnelly - Civil Engineer
Photographer: Ed Massery
Affiliated Architect: Antunovich Associates, Michael Spagnolli - Shell & Core Architect; AP+I Design, Meera Agrawal - Design Architect
Landscape Architect: Gateway Engineers, Inc., Sean Donnelly - Landscape Architect