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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?
The immediate need for laboratory space to support Philadelphia’s rapidly growing lifescience ecosystem coupled with a post-pandemic decline in office tenancies created an opportunity for adaptive reuse of traditional office space. To create laboratory space on the lower floors of Cira Centre, the design team met architectural and engineering constraints with innovation. Lab exhaust was routed down instead of up; a DOAS/VRF system was employed to reduce duct sizes and reliance on existing mechanical infrastructure; a communicating stair was introduced as a circulation spine to create a knowledge community. The completed “repurposed” spec. office space is a healthy interior work environment located near mass transit access points, and is designed so that all circulation does not require an elevator.
Category: Large Architecture
Architecture Firm: Strada
Project Team: Chris Kenney, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, RA; George Poulin, AIA, LEED AP, RA; Jayson Livingston, ASLA, SITES AP, RLA; Megan McGee, AIA; Murray Kamara; Gargi Lagvankar, RA; Aaron Bell, RA
Client: Brandywine Realty Trust
Contractor: INTECH Construction - General Contractor
Engineers: O'Donnell & Nacarato - Structural Engineer; Bala Consulting Engineers - MEP Engineer
Photographer: Jeffrey Totaro
Cerami Associates – Acoustics