UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH HONORS COLLEGE RENOVATIONS CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING FLOORS 35 AND 36 | Pittsburgh, PA
Owner University of Pittsburgh
Architect Rothschild-Doyno Architects
The new spaces within the Honors College are defined and presented utilizing an intricate array of differing ceiling elevations, bulkheads, vertical mullions, and base moldings. These features were assembled in the field using almost 20,000 linear feet of quarter-sawn red oak running trim.
The reception desk itself embodies the project. The craftsmanship and commitment of several trades were brought together in one central place to welcome students and visitors alike to aspire to obtain academic achievement. It is a custom-built piece of furniture fabricated from the same quarter sawn red oak used in all the millwork. Two laser cut steel columns with patina finish support a ½” thick clear tempered glass shelf.
The project included installation of a separate HVAC system to serve only the Honors College. The new system included an air handling unit, terminal boxes, fan coil units, and a sophisticated digital control package.
The project was selected as the 2003 Master Builders Association Building Excellence Award winner in Excellence in Craftsmanship.