CINCINNATI MUSIC HALL UPDATE

Jan 2017


Construction continues in full swing at Cincinnati Music Hall. PWWG is leading the comprehensive exterior and interior restoration of this 225,000 sf National Register landmark, one of the world’s greatest multi-function performance venues. Following completion of construction documents, PWWG is engaged in executive oversight from our Cincinnati office for all aspects of Contract Administration, leading our team of national consultants with specialties in envelope restoration, structural work in historic buildings, MEP retrofits, acoustics, lighting, AV/IT and others. Our client, 3CDC, updates their popular Music Hall page on-line each week, with photos, summaries of work, and insights about the project.


Cincinnati Music Hall Construction
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CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY FOR MIXED-USE RE-DEVELOPMENT IN LAWRENCEVILLE

Dec 2016


Construction is under way for PWWG’s design of a mixed-use redevelopment in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The project includes rehabilitation and renovation of three existing historic buildings for street-level retail and apartments, plus a complete gut, renovation, and an addition to the popular Thunderbird Café and Music Hall for expanded live music programming. Selective demolition is complete, and renovation is under way.


Rendering of restored historic properties for mixed-use redevelopment (left); Construction in progress (right)

ZIEGLER PARK GARAGE IN CONSTRUCTION IN CINCINATTI

Dec 2016


For our client 3CDC, PWWG’s 400-car parking garage underground at Ziegler Park is in construction in Cincinnati. The 2-level garage, in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, will serve visitors to the 1.4 acre renovated city park above it, as well as residents of nearby Alumni Lofts and patrons of the busy Main Street shops and restaurants via a pedestrian connection.

More info here:
https://www.3cdc.org/project/ziegler-park/


Rendering of Southwest Portal and Woodward Steps to the recreation field above the underground garage.

RESTORATION DESIGN IS UNDERWAY FOR 20 HISTORIC BUILDINGS AT PENNSYLVANIA LANDMARK

Nov 2016


PWWG is completing construction documents for a major multi-phase restoration and preservation project for 20 buildings at Old Economy Village (OEV) in Ambridge, PA. OEV is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the thought, built, and material culture of the Harmony Society, an entrepreneurial religious community established in the 1880s. PWWG has worked with this client, the PA Historical and Museum Commission, for more than 15 years. The 21 individual components of the estimated $3.2 million project include a sweeping scope of envelope, structural, and roof improvements; landscaping and site improvements; accessibility and vertical transport upgrades; visitor experience upgrades; security and IT upgrades; and MEP modernizations including geothermal and hydronic heating. Structures at OEV include a blacksmith shop, bakery, carriage house, Visitor Center and community kitchen. Construction is expected to run from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018.


Old Economy

AIA PITTSBURGH DESIGN AWARD FOR 21C LEXINGTON

Nov 2016


21c Museum Hotel Lexington won an Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation at AIA Pittsburgh’s annual Design Awards Gala. PWWG was Architect of Record with NYC-based Deborah Berke Partners as Design Architect (our third collaboration) for restoring and reimagining four adjacent commercial buildings at the historic center of downtown Lexington into an 88-room hotel with 7,000 square feet of gallery space, a signature restaurant, and event and meeting spaces. The ensemble of buildings includes the 1913 First National Bank Building, Lexington’s first skyscraper. The winning transformation achieved an effortless relationship between the original structure and contemporary design for the building’s new program.

As the jury enthused, “This is an extremely complex project! The ‘sleeving’ in of this program within the maze of requirements from NPS and SHPO deserves recognition. The design team truly valued the past as an inspiration to invent the future. The creative expansion of interior space on the ground floor belies its traditional outward organization on the block. While a wonderful addition to the 21C portfolio, the real winner is the city of Lexington and its future patrons.”

Kudos to PWWG team members Alan Weiskopf, Tony Pitassi (pictured, left), Brent Houck (pictured, right), and Jan Irvin!


Tony and Brent, AIA Pittsburgh

RIBBON CUTTING AT STEAMFITTERS WORKFORCE TRAINING FACILITY

Nov 2016


Sheldon Goettel (Principal) and Tony Pitassi (Project Manager) celebrated with the Steamfitters Local 449 at the grand opening of their new headquarters in Jackson Township. PA Governor Tom Wolf, County Exec. Rich Fitzgerald, and Steamfitters executives were on hand to slice the copper pipe---their version of a ribbon cutting! This project will allow Steamfitters Local 449 to train and certify 270 apprentices annually for jobs in the construction and energy industry in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. PWWG's design for Phase 1 provides 75,000 sf of high bay welding laboratory and classroom space with state-of-the-art learning facilities. Full project completion is set for June 2017. Phase 2--also by PWWG--will provide new office space and a large, multi-function hall for Steamfitters’ meetings, plus a medical clinic for union members and their families.


Steamfitters

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE STUDY COMPLETE

Oct 2016


PWWG has completed a comprehensive facilities plan for the Allegheny County Courthouse, the iconic symbol of the County designed by renowned American architect H.H. Richardson, completed in 1888. The scope of work included evaluating all exterior, site, and interior aspects of the Historic Register property to develop a Facilities Plan to guide future restorations, renovations, and repairs, balancing architectural stewardship with the need to outfit for 21st century operation. PWWG led a team of regional and national consulting engineers who specialize in historic renovation and integration of new systems in landmark buildings. The plan integrates the county’s goals for sustainability and complying with the 2030 Challenge.


Allegheny County Courthouse

PWWG STRENGTHENS CINCINNATI PRESENCE WITH FULL-TIME STAFF

Oct 2016


PWWG has established a full-time presence in Cincinnati. Andreas Lange, AIA, LEED AP (pictured below), who has studied, lived, and worked in the city since 2003, joined PWWG to work hands-on, day-to-day with the firm’s current clients in Cincinnati, and to help develop new projects throughout Ohio.

“We are proud to establish a full-time, dedicated presence in Cincinnati,” said PWWG Managing Principal Alan Weiskopf. “This is the next step in the firm’s steady expansion over 40 years in business into new project types, with new stakeholder groups, in new geographic markets. Having an experienced project manager in the city, full-time, provides many service benefits for our current clients in Cincinnati, and opportunities to nurture further growth.”

PWWG’s current projects in the burgeoning Over-the-Rhine neighborhood include Race Street Condominiums, Phases 1 & 2, Ziegler Park Garage, and restoration of the city’s beloved Cincinnati Music Hall.


Andreas Lange

RIDGE AT ROBINSON UPDATE: UNITS OCCUPIED, AMENITIES NEARING COMPLETION

Oct 2016


Ridge at Robinson, a new market rate multi-family housing development near Pittsburgh, is nearing completion, with many of the 342 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units already occupied. PWWG designed the project for client Fore Property Co. The development, with handsome streetscapes and pedestrian paths, includes five multi-story apartment buildings embracing a central green with a 7,500 sf combination clubhouse, fitness, and meeting center. Amenities in the commons include a swimming pool with lounge deck, patio, pavilion, dog wash and car wash. All apartments have large windows with access to daylight, and views to the courtyard and surrounding woodlands. The project is targeted for LEED for Homes Silver certification. Estimated project completion is February 2017.


Ridge at Robinson

PWWG DESIGNING RESTORATION/REUSE OF HISTORIC BAYARD SCHOOL IN LAWRENCEVILLE

Oct 2016


Q Development selected PWWG to adapt one of the oldest elementary schools still standing in Pittsburgh for new life as 11 apartments. Bayard School in the city’s bustling Lawrenceville neighborhood was built in 1874 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Vacant for over 15 years, the building will require a comprehensive $2.5-3 million exterior and interior restoration. PWWG is collaborating with Angelique Bamberg, a former historic planner for the city of Pittsburgh and a champion of preservation, to redevelop the 10,000 sf property. Contractor is Sota Construction Services.

Read more here:
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/diana-nelson-jones/2016/12/12/Diana-Nelson-Jones-Walkabout-For-old-school-in-Lawrenceville-Q-Development-proposes-apartments/stories/201612120012


Bayard School before (left) and after (right)

MELLON’S ORCHARD PROJECT IN DESIGN

Sep 2016


The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and Trek Development Group are developing a 3-acre parcel of vacant lots in the heart of East Liberty into a new 104-unit apartment and commercial use complex. PWWG is designing the project, called “Mellon’s Orchard South.” Estimated construction cost is $25.5 million. The project includes a pedestrian-oriented Market Mall that will become the seasonal home of the popular East Liberty Farmer’s Market. Roughly half of the units will be earmarked for affordable housing. The city hopes to break ground by 2018.


Concept for new housing with Market Day stalls

OPEN HOUSE FOR NON-PROFIT FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

Sep 2016


The Friendship Circle Pittsburgh staged an Open House for the public to celebrate completion of their new facility in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. PWWG was Architect of Record for the renovation and adaptive reuse of a vacant former restaurant building. The non-profit, under Executive Director Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, pairs young adults with special needs with teen volunteers in a full range of social activities to become integrated into the community. PWWG collaborated with design firm Seigle Solow Horne Architects to completely renovate the exterior and interior of the 10,000 sf building into activity, office, and gallery space.


Visitors enjoying the view from the new Rooftop Terrace

PWWG’S JESSICA STUCK TEACHING PRESERVATION COURSE AT KENT STATE

Sep 2016


PWWG Associate Jessica Stuck, AIA is teaching “Introduction to Preservation” at alma mater Kent State University for the second time. The graduate level elective is an introduction to theory and evolution in the field of preservation from its conception to present day trends. Topics explore Jessica’s own research interests including the impact of preservation policy on social, political, economic and environmental relationships, from the scale of the building to the city. Jessica recently served as Project Architect developing PWWG’s master facilities plan for HH Richardson’s iconic Allegheny County Courthouse.

2 PWWG PROJECTS FEATURED IN MASTER BUILDERS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Aug 2016


Two PWWG projects are featured in the 10th anniversary edition of “Breaking Ground,” the publication of the Master Builders Association of Western PA, read by thousands of construction industry professionals. For the retrospective, Editor Jeff Burd reprinted cover stories on Operating Engineers Training Center (2014) and the gut and rebuilding of historic Becht Hall at Clarion University. Congratulations to Jeff and the team at “Breaking Ground!”

Read the articles here, on pgs. 68 and 83:
http://www.talltimbergroup.com/images/breakingground_10yr_anniversary_2016_lowres.pdf

PERRYSVILLE PLAZA RESKINNING PROJECT WRAPS UP

Aug 2016


Construction is complete for exterior and interior renovations at Perrysville Plaza, a 10-story 1980's high-rise apartment building for seniors in Pittsburgh’s North Side. The project addressed a range of problems, from deteriorated building envelope to outdated, inefficient heating and cooling systems to non-Accessible apartments. PWWG's scope of work included replacing EIFS on the building envelope with a new back ventilated metal rain-screen, replacing all windows, balcony rails and doors, adding a new entrance canopy, and making all site elements UFAS compliant. Five apartments and the elevators were also substantially reconfigured for full compliance with UFAS standards for Accessibility.


Perrysville Before After

WV BUILDING 3 REUSE IS COVER STORY IN US BUILDERS REVIEW

Aug 2016


PWWG’s adaptive reuse of Building 3 on the West Virginia State Capitol campus was featured in a cover story in US Builders Review, targeted to construction executives. The piece covers the many design challenges and strategies employed by PWWG to transform the historic building from HQ for the Dept. of Motor Vehicles to a 21st century workplace for the WV Dept. of Commerce. PWWG is collaborating with WV-based Paramount Builders to strip to the building to its historic shell and core, preserving original finishes, detailing, and grand spaces. Design interventions will make the building handicapped accessible, create light-filled, open/reconfigurable work and conference spaces, upgrade all MEP systems, and add new telecom, security, and AV capabilities. Expected occupancy is mid-2017.


WV Building 3 Cover Story

Read the full article here:
http://html5.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/desktop/stage/default.aspx?&edid=96826b89-4629-421b-bd01-75526ebb4fdc

8TH AND PENN PROJECT IN DESIGN

Jun 2016


Two community-minded developers, Q Development and Trek Development, are joining forces to rehabilitate two historic buildings and construct two new ones in the Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District. PWWG was engaged to design both the rehab/reuse and the new buildings for the “Eighth and Penn” ensemble. The four buildings will range from six to eleven stories and operate as one 190,000-square-foot building on the interior containing 135 residential units. A continuous storefront wrapping around the building will house retail and restaurants. The developers are aiming to start construction in the first quarter of 2017, with an anticipated two-year construction timeline.


8th and Penn
Read more here:
http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/eighth-penn-apartments/

UNION TRUST RIBBON CUTTING

Jun 2016


At a gala reception, Boston developer The Davis Companies unveiled the stunning $100 million restoration and reuse of the Union Trust Building, the downtown Pittsburgh high-rise designed by Frederick Osterling in 1915. The 500,000-square-foot building takes up an entire city block and contains 11 floors of Class A office and collaborative co-working space, 40,000 sf of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, a 400-seat theater, and dazzling stained glass atrium. Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston was Design Architect collaborating with PWWG as Architect of Record. The Flemish-gothic-style structure ranks among the city’s most architecturally significant buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places


Union Trust Building

Read more here:
http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/inside-union-trust-building/

ALLISON APTS. IN OVER-THE-RHINE, CINCINNATI, NEARING COMPLETION

May 2016


PWWG’s mixed-use project in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is nearing completion. The new structure, situated between the central business district and the Uptown medical/university community, comprises 17 one- and two-bedroom condominiums with 4,500 sf of ground floor commercial space and 30 parking spaces. PWWG is working with repeat client Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), on Phase 1 of the larger 15th and Race development, which will transform one of the highest crime neighborhoods in the metropolitan area into a place where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds live, work, shop and socialize. The Allison’s scale, materials, and other traits are compatible with surrounding historic structures. Completion is estimated for spring 2017.

More info here:
https://www.3cdc.org/project/the-allison/


Rendering of Allison Apts. streetscape

BECHT HALL \ CLARION U. SCORES MASTER BUILDERS RENOVATION AWARD

Feb 2016


Recognizing the complexity of the project to gut and completely rebuild the interior of a historic campus building, the Master Builders Association of Western PA awarded 2016’s “Best Renovation Under $10 Million” to Uhl Construction for Becht Hall at Clarion University. PWWG designed the reconstruction and adaptive reuse the 107 yr. old dormitory. The building had its steel, cast iron, wood and masonry interior structure completely demolished to erect a new interior steel frame and concrete floors, two elevators, and a new foundation. The new structural system allowed walls to be configured for the current program as a Student Success Center, and facilitated improvements in the thermal envelope, and optimal placement of modern MEP systems.

PWWG Principal-in-Charge Kevin Wagstaff (pictured, far right) attended the gala award ceremony at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA.

More info here:
http://www.mbawpa.org/Renovationunder10.asp


Receiving Master Builders Renovation Award

RIBBON CUTTING AT 21C MUSEUM HOTEL LEXINGTON

Feb 2016


21c Museum Hotel Lexington opened with fanfare this month. The restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Fayette National Bank Building was designed by Deborah Berke Partners (NYC) in collaboration with PWWG as Architect of Record. The 88-room hotel is more than 100 years old. At the ribbon cutting, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said that the project “…brought back a historic, notable building that enhances the visitor economy downtown as it earns national recognition for creating an extraordinary experience for visitors and residents alike.” 21c welcomed the public inside to look at exhibits of contemporary art. PWWG Principal-in-Charge Alan Weiskopf was on hand to celebrate.


21C MUSEUM HOTEL LEXINGTON

3 PWWG SENIOR STAFF PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL

Jan 2016


PWWG has promoted long-time team members Lisa Carver, Brent Houck, and Anthony Pitassi to Principal. The new leaders at our 40-year-old firm, one of the ten largest in Pittsburgh, will work with current Principals Alan Weiskopf, Sheldon Goettel, and Kevin Wagstaff to enhance firm operations, support and sustain the office's steady expansion, and proactively prepare the succession to secure the firm's vitality into the future.

“We are proud to recognize Lisa, Brent, and Tony's professional accomplishments in helping to build PWWG's reputation through design excellence, technical acumen, strong client relationships, and nurturing the talent of our staff,” said Alan Weiskopf, Managing Principal of PWWG. "I know I speak for our clients when I say this group has made our firm one of the most well-rounded and trusted in our markets. I am pleased they will now be partners as we continue to grow.”

PWWG's new Principals will continue their roles in design and project related work with the firm's existing clients, adding responsibilities for firm management, day-to-day operations, and business development over the coming years.


PWWG welcomes its new principals

21C MUSEUM HOTEL DURHAM WINS AIA PITTSBURGH INTERIORS AWARD

Oct 2015


21c Museum Hotel Durham landed an Honor Award for Interior Architecture at AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards Gala. PWWG was Architect of Record with NYC-based Deborah Berke Partners as Design Architect for the $48 million transformation of the 17-story Hill Building, built in the 1930s as a bank, into a 125-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum. The jury enthused that, “…this is a really wonderful project across the board. It is a very well done preservation project, with its modifications seeming to exceed even the best preservation projects. It is also a really beautiful interior architecture project with a very high level of interior finish. Relating the project to its landmark status and Art Deco details could have been overwhelming, but this design respects and enhances those aspects with grace and style.”


21c Museum Hotel Durham Interior

More info here:
http://aiapgh.org/feature-articles/design-pittsburgh-2015/

MUSEUM HOTEL DURHAM GARNERS 7 NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS

Aug 2015


Coming off of the summer award season, 21c Museum Hotel Durham received 7 national design awards, in categories from adaptive reuse, to preservation, innovative hospitality design, and interiors. PWWG was Architect of Record for the project with NYC-based Deborah Berke Partners as Design Architect for the $48 million transformation of the 1930’s 17-story Hill Building from a bank into a 125-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum.
Awarding organizations include: AIA North Carolina; Society for American Registered Architects (SARA); FX Magazine; Interior Design Magazine; Boutique Design Magazine; and Independent Lodging Hoteliers.


21C MUSEUM HOTEL DURHAM

PWWG IS EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT FOR TWO 21C MUSEUM HOTEL PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

May 2015


Construction is underway for 21c Museum Hotels’ combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant in downtown Lexington, KY. PWWG is collaborating for the third time as Executive Architect with Deborah Berke Partners (DBP) as Design Architect. The hotel will be in the historic 15-story Fayette National Bank Building, the city’s first skyscraper, designed by acclaimed New York architecture firm McKim, Mead & White. 21c Lexington will have 88 guest rooms, 7,000 sf of exhibition, gallery and event space, a signature restaurant, and fitness and business centers. Following forensics and design for preservation and historically sensitive upgrades inside and out, PWWG is administering construction for the project, expected to open in early 2016.

In a fourth collaboration with DBP for 21c Museum Hotels, PWWG was selected as Executive Architect for 21c Nashville. Drawings are nearly complete for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the downtown’s 222 Building, an 1890s era structure on the National Register of Historic Places. The project adds to the 21c portfolio of projects that bring revitalization through contemporary art to the downtown core. Following the success of its flagship property in the founders’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, the 21c team is developing opportunities to contribute to the cultural life and revitalization of urban neighborhoods across the country.
http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/lexington/


Fayette National Bank Building in downtown Lexington, KY

21C CINCINNATI FEATURED AS URBAN LAND INSTITUTE CASE STUDY

Apr 2015


21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is the latest Case Study in the Urban Land Institute’s series that examines innovative and exemplary real estate projects around the world. In the study, ULI explores 21c Cincinnati’s public / private partnership, the driving concept, and the balance of melding historic and contemporary design. The article sited 21c’s “…masterful orchestration of century-old historic details and clean modern design…” PWWG is proud to be part of the 21c Cincinnati story along with developer 3CDC, 21c Museum Hotels, Deborah Berke Partners, and the whole project team. 21c Cincinnati is also a ULI Awards for Excellence Winner.

Find the Urban Land Institute Case Study at this link:

uli.org -Case Study: 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati

PWWG PRESENTS AT THREE HIGHER ED CONFERENCES THIS SPRING

Apr 2015


PWWG principal Sheldon Goettel presented popular sessions at two professional conferences in April. At the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP), he spoke about "The Opportunities of Restoration" using a recent case study of the firm's forensic and restorative work on Margaret Morrison Hall at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to illustrate how projects to restore existing historic campus buildings can be leveraged to effect broad long term improvements. Sheldon’s co-presenter was Ed Hydzik, CMU’s Project Manager for the restoration. For the educational session at the West Virginia Association of Physical Plant Administrators (WVAPPA), Sheldon presented "Capturing the Value of Legacy Buildings", demonstrating cost effective ways to refresh and recycle campus buildings from the 1950s and 60s.

PWWG Associate Steven Albert presented an educational session at the Spring conference of the Keystone chapter of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (KAPPA) titled, “From Historic Dormitory to 21st Century Student Success Center”. The talk used the adaptive reuse of Becht Hall at Clarion University to illustrate the importance of re-purposing significant or historic campus buildings. Co-presenters were Richard Taylor, Dir. of Facilities Planning and Management at Clarion, and Allison Stawarz, Area Manager for Gilbane Building Company. The talk included a survey of trends to consolidate student services on campuses, and a summary of best practices for such projects. A dramatic time lapse video of the structural work at Becht Hall, produced by Gilbane, capped the presentation.

For a copy of these presentations and guidelines outlining a structured approach for assessing residual value of existing buildings, contact senglert@pwwgarch.com.

The link to the time lapsed video of Becht Hall construction is available here:

Clarion University Time Lapsed Construction Video

RIBBON CUTTING INAUGURATES LATEST 21C MUSEUM HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN DURHAM, NC

Mar 2015


Durham, NC officials along with developers and executives of 21c Museum Hotels celebrated the opening of the hospitality group’s fourth property, 21c Durham, with a gala ribbon cutting on March 16th. PWWG was Architect of Record for the project with NYC-based Deborah Berke Partners (DBP) as Design Architect for the $48 million project that transformed the 17-story Hill Building, built in the 1930s as a bank, into 125 guest rooms, a ballroom, upscale restaurant, rooftop bar, fitness center and spa. Programming as both boutique hotel and cutting edge art museum free to the public with 24/7 access is the signature concept for all 21c’s. The company strategically develops each project to help reinvigorate urban areas. PWWG and DBP restored and preserved the building’s best Art Deco features, and introduced 21st century innovation and amenities with contemporary design details. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Durham Mayor William Bell said the hotel will be “…one of the top places to be in downtown.”

More information and photos are available at the 21c website:
http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/durham/


City and county officials along with developers and executives of 21c Museum Hotels celebrated the opening of 21c Durham.

PWWG ARCHITECT LISA CARVER AND HER HUSBAND MATT WELCOME SON SIMON

Mar 2015


PWWG architect Lisa Carver and her husband Matthew are delighted to announce the birth of their son Simon. After enjoying full days with Simon on maternity leave, Lisa is back at the firm full time.

CLARION PROJECT SCORES CONSTRUCTION AWARD

Mar 2015


Recognizing the complexity of the project to gut and completely rebuild the interior of a historic campus building, the Ironworker Employers Association (IWEA) awarded a safety citation to Uhl Construction at their annual meeting at the CONSOL center. PWWG designed the reconstruction and adaptive reuse of Becht Hall on the campus of Clarion University, and the firm is currently completing construction administration, anticipating July 2015 completion. The former dormitory, constructed in 1908, had its steel, cast iron, wood and masonry interior structure completely demolished for Uhl’s crew to erect a new interior steel frame and concrete floors, two elevators, and a new foundation. The new structural system allowed walls to be configured for the current program as a Student Success Center, improvements in the thermal envelope, and optimal placement of modern MEP systems. The project was also featured on the IWEA website.

http://www.iwea.org/projects/project-archive.php#!prettyPhoto


4 floors of new structural steel were inserted through existing openings in the building. Photo from 2104.

PWWG WELCOMES NEW ARCHITECTURAL STAFF

Feb 2015


PWWG added four graduate architects to its staff in downtown Pittsburgh, bringing the team of design professionals to 18.

Jennifer Szczesniak, LEED AP BD+C / Living Building Ambassador, relocated to Pittsburgh from Seattle, Washington. Her work with firms on the West coast included projects for civic, higher education, office/retail, and housing clients. As an Associate with her most recent firm, Jennifer was responsible for architectural design, consultant coordination, construction administration, and spec research and writing. She also developed expertise integrating sustainability, LEED, and 2030 Challenge concepts into project design and office culture. Jennifer is currently completing her ARE Registration.

Joseph Adiutori previously worked for an architecture and engineering firm in Harrisburg designing education projects for the Commonwealth. He also gained experience in construction and client relations. Joe earned his Bachelor of Architecture at Penn State University.

Robert Gripko relocated to Pittsburgh after earning his Bachelors and Masters in Architecture at SUNY Buffalo, where he was also teaching assistant for design studios, construction technology, and building technologies courses for the Department of Architecture.

Jessica Stuck relocated to Pittsburgh from Albany, NY where her recent work with firms concentrated on preservation of landmark architecture including Jefferson’s Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Jessica earned Bachelors of Architecture and Arts in History, and a Masters in Architecture at Kent State University. She is currently completing her ARE Registration
 

MARGARET MORRISON FAÇADE RESTORATION WINS MASTER BUILDER AWARD

Feb 2015


At the 2015 Evening of Excellence gala, The Master Builders Association of Western PA awarded “Finalist in Renovation Under $10 Million” to JENDOCO Construction for restoration of historic Margaret Morrison Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. PWWG designed the project, along with the new Reflection Garden at the site. PWWG Principal-in-Charge, Sheldon Goettel, was on hand to receive the award with representatives from JENDOCO. Goettel outlines highlights of restoration of the elaborate Hornbostel façade in this video clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqPJaLmJ3xk&index=32&list=UUd-mrBtej1HQmINOBprW4hw


Margaret_Morrison

PWWG SELECTED TO LEAD MASTER PLANNING FOR THE LANDMARK ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Nov 2014


PWWG was selected to lead comprehensive master planning for the Allegheny County Courthouse, the iconic symbol of the County designed by renowned American architect H.H. Richardson and completed in 1888. PWWG is evaluating all exterior, site, and interior aspects of the Historic Register property to develop a Facilities Plan for future restorations, renovations, and repairs, balancing architectural stewardship with the need to outfit for 21st century operation. PWWG assembled a team of consulting engineers who specialize in historic renovation and integration of new systems in landmark buildings. The plan will integrate the county’s goals for sustainability and complying with the 2030 Challenge.


Allegheny County Courthouse

PWWG COLLABORATING TO RESTORE ICONIC UNION TRUST BUILDING

Sep 2014


PWWG is Architect of Record with Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston for restoring Frederick Osterling's landmark Union Trust Building in downtown Pittsburgh. The Davis Companies, a Boston based real estate investment and development firm, bought the iconic 11-story Flemish Gothic building in June. Company President Jonathan Davis says they plan to make "a substantial capital investment" to restore the 517,000 sf building as a marquee downtown office address, and introduce retail at street level. Davis will preserve the historic characteristics of the building while modernizing its layout, systems and amenities.




 

PWWG COORDINATING HISTORIC RENOVATION AND REPURPOSING OF BECHT HALL at CLARION UNIVERSITY

Jul 2014


PWWG is administering construction for historic reconstruction and re-purposing of Becht Hall at Clarion University. The former dormitory, constructed in 1908, is undergoing a major overhaul inside and out to create a 21st century Student Success Center with offices, classrooms, a campus health center, and student activity space. The building's steel, cast iron, wood and masonry interior structure has been completely demolished, and crews are installing a new interior steel frame with concrete floors, two elevators, and a new foundation. During the summer, PWWG coordinated installation of a new membrane under the original Spanish tile roof, masonry re-pointing, installation of a new geothermal heating/cooling system on the grounds, full systems upgrades, and interior fit-out. Expected occupancy is July 2015, and the building is slated for LEED Silver certification.




New steel framing and metal decking installed.

PERRYSVILLE PLAZA RESKINNING AND UFAS RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY IN PITTSBURGH’S NORTH SIDE

Jul 2014


PWWG is finalizing construction documents for exterior and interior renovations at Perrysville Plaza, a 10-story 1980's apartment building for seniors in Pittsburgh’s North Side. The project addresses a range of problems, from deteriorated building envelope to outdated, inefficient heating and cooling systems to non-Accessible apartments. PWWG's scope of work includes replacing EIFS on the building envelope with a new back ventilated metal rain-screen, replacing all windows, balcony rails and doors, adding a new entrance canopy, and making all site elements UFAS compliant. Five apartments are also being substantially reconfigured for full compliance with UFAS standards for Accessibility, and the building's elevators are being thoroughly modernized to meet code requirements.

PWWG JOINS IN HONORING 3CDC AT ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION OF CINCINNATI GALA

Jun 2014


PWWG joined over 20 Cincinnati businesses to sponsor the gala honoring that city's premier non-profit real estate development and finance organization, 3CDC, with the 2014 Apple Award. Presented each year by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC), the award honors an entity that exemplifies AFC's mission to increase and encourage improvement of the built environment of Greater Cincinnati. Over the last decade, 3CDC has revitalized Cincinnati's downtown urban core with projects in the Over-the-Rhine historic district and the central business district. PWWG has provided services for 3CDC on several projects.

21c HOTELS SCORE DESIGN AWARD FROM ARCHITECTRAL RECORD MAGAZINE

Jun 2014


The 21c Museum Hotel concept was one of 10 winners of a 2014 “Good Design is Good Business” (GDGB) award from Architectural Record. Projects featured in the June issue include 21c Cincinnati, Bentonville, and Louisville. PWWG was Executive Architect for the Cincinnati project, collaborating with Deborah Berke and Partners of NYC. The awards recognize exemplary, long term firm-client collaborations and demonstrate how embracing design benefits an organization’s bottom line. The citation and photo essay analyzes the unique 21c concept combining a hotel and world class contemporary art museum anchored to the street by a destination restaurant. Collector-owners Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown are expanding their highly successful model to Durham, NC and Lexington, KY, where PWWG is again partnered with Deborah Berke to repurpose historic downtown buildings to spur economic and cultural rejuvenation.


Lobby/Gallery of 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati

 

PWWG RENOVATING VACANT BUILDING IN SQUIRREL HILL FOR NON-PROFIT FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

Jun 2014


PWWG was selected as Architect of Record for the renovation and adaptive reuse of a vacant building in the heart of the business district in Squirrel Hill for the new headquarters of the Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh. The non-profit organization, under Executive Director Rabbi Mordy Rudolph, pairs young adults with special needs with more than 200 teen volunteers in a full range of social activities to become integrated into the community. Since 1994, Friendship Circles have been created in more than 60 cities around the world; The Pittsburgh chapter is one of the largest. PWWG will collaborate with design firm Seigle Solow Horne Architects to completely renovate the exterior and interior of the 10,000 sf building into activity, office, and gallery space. The project will have LEED certification.

RIBBON CUTTING INAUGURATES NEW CAMPBELL HALL OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

May 2014


West Liberty University dedicated the new $23 million Campbell Hall of Health Sciences building in a gala ceremony on May 5th hosted by President Robin Capehart, and attended by WV Chancellor of Higher Education Paul Hill, and representatives for US Senator Joe Manchin and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. PWWG was architect for the 72,000 sf new lab and classroom building which houses six departments: chemistry, dental hygiene, medical lab sciences, nursing, speech pathology and WLU's new physician assistant program. The building is named in honor of Clyde Campbell who graduated in 1953 and later served as president of the University. The structure and outdoor veranda are designed using neoclassical architectural elements, consistent with the overall look of the university.

More information is available at the school’s website:
http://westliberty.edu/news/news/campbell-hall-of-health-sciences-points-to-bright-future-for-wlu/


Campbell Hall outfitted with bunting for the gala ribbon cutting. Photo credit: West Liberty University Office of Institutional Advancement

 

PWWG COMPLETES RENOVATION OF HISTORIC ALUMNI HOUSE AT CARNEGIE MELLON

Mar 2014


Renovations are complete at Alumni House at Carnegie Mellon University, the facility that integrates all of CMU’s national and international alumni outreach and fundraising departments. The scope of work included restoring all landscaping, exterior and first floor public areas that are open to visiting alumni, and significant improvements to the offices, conference areas and shared workspaces used by staff. The project will be featured at an Open House during homecoming in April.


 

Kevin Wagstaff to PRESENT AT AICUP's YEARLY CONFERENCE

Mar 2014


PWWG principal Kevin Wagstaff and Clifford Willis, Director of Physical Plant at Allegheny College, will present a session at the annual meeting of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUP) in Hershey, PA in June. They will use case studies, including Carr Hall at Allegheny College, to illustrate how dated, underutilized existing campus buildings can be recycled and transformed architecturally at costs well below that of new construction. Kevin and Cliff will share insights and experience with campus CFOs, planning and design officers, and facilities heads for developing pragmatic methods to take stock of existing conditions, and gauge a building's potential via a systematic method.

SHELDON GOETTELto PRESENT AT SPRING KAPPA AND WVAPPA CONFERENCES

Mar 2014


PWWG principal Sheldon Goettel has been selected to present at two professional conferences in April. At the Keystone chapter of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (KAPPA), he will present "The Opportunities of Preservation", using recent case studies of the firm's work to illustrate how projects to restore existing historic campus buildings can be leveraged, with a creative approach, to effect broad long term improvements. For the session at the WV Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Sheldon will present "Capturing the Value of Legacy Buildings", demonstrating cost effective ways to refresh and recycle campus buildings from the 1950s and 60s.

For a copy of these presentations and guidelines outlining a structured approach for assessing residual value of existing buildings, contact senglert@pwwgarch.com

PWWG AND MASSARO COLLABORATING ON DESIGN/BUILD "GATEWAY Initiative" AT ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Mar 2014


PWWG and Massaro Corporation are teamed developing a groundbreaking new concept space at Allegheny College in Meadville. The "Gateway Initiative" repurposes areas on two levels of existing Pelletier Library for programming that prepares students for their lives after Allegheny through offerings in global learning, civic engagement, diversity, undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies, and career education. The design/build project creates a variety of spaces for support and advising organized so students can easily see and navigate the landscape of available services, and access these in a variety of collaborative, individual, social, and serendipitous environments.

RENOVATIONS ARE IN PROGRESS AT HISTORIC WV STATE CAPITOL BUILDING #3

Feb 2014


PWWG is renovating historic Building #3 on the WV State Capitol Campus in Charleston. The 8 story office building constructed in 1950 is undergoing a major overhaul to create a 21st century workspace for the WV Dept. of Commerce. The interior will be stripped to the historic shell and core, preserving original finishes, detailing, and grand spaces. Design interventions will make the building handicapped accessible, create open/reconfigurable work and conference spaces, upgrade all MEP systems, and add new telecom, security, and AV capabilities. At the exterior, PWWG is coordinating masonry repair and cleaning, refinishing and reglazing of the bronze windows, and installing a new roof membrane under the existing clay tile roof. Expected occupancy is 2015.

RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW STUDENT SERVICES CENTER AT FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY

Oct 2013


Fairmont State (Fairmont, WV) celebrated the opening of the Turley Student Services Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August. PWWG coordinated the $5.9 million gut and adaptive reuse of Turley Hall, a 1959 campus building to house a "one-stop-shop" for all services related to recruiting, retaining, and counseling students. Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President, presided at the ceremony and guests included Kaye Widney, VP for Student Services, Todd Anderson from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office, and members of the FSU Board of Governors. PWWG has a second project at Fairmont State under construction, the renovation of National Register Hardway Hall.

21c CINCINNATI WINS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGN AND PRESERVATION HONORS

Sep 2013


The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati was awarded two major accolades for design, preservation and adaptive reuse. The Washington D.C. based Urban Land Institute (ULI) selected the project as one of twenty-seven finalists in the annual Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.  The competition honors real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.  From the elite international group of finalists, the jury will select a smaller group of winners to be honored at the ULI's November meeting in Chicago.

The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) selected 21c Cincinnati for a “Timmy Award" for "Best Historic Rehab Using New Markets Tax Credits." The national competition honors outstanding rehab and preservation projects for their overall design, respect for historic elements, and positive impact on the community. NH&RA created the “Timmy Awards” as a tribute to Boston architect and preservation advocate J. Timothy Anderson.

RIBBON CUTTING INAUGURATES NEW OPERATING ENGINEERS WORKFORCE TRAINING FACILITY

Sep 2013


The Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Training Facility near Pittsburgh , PA was inaugurated with a ribbon cutting on September 18th. PWWG partnered with Mascaro Construction, CJL Engineering, and CMU's Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics to design the 32,600 sf, $7.5 million facility which includes “green" technologies and is expected to earn LEED certification. The facility features a "high bay" shop for training OE's apprentices to maintain large equipment, and classrooms for instruction. OE Administrative Manager Steven Columbus officiated at the opening ceremony, and guests included PA State Senator Jay Costa, Kaitlyn King from US Senator Toomey's office, Rick Bloomingdale, President of PA AFL-CIO, and Mary Ann Eisenreich, Director of Southwest Region from Governor Corbett's office.

PWWG's 21c CINCINNATI MUSEUM HOTEL FEATURED IN ARTICLE ON RESUSE OF A HISTORIC REGISTER BUILDING

Sep 2013


A feature article in the September print edition of "Hotel Management" (HA+D) outlined the design challenges and thoughtful/provocative architectural approach used by PWWG (Executive Architect) with Deborah Berke Partners (Design Architect, NYC) to gut and convert a Historic Register building in downtown Cincinnati into an award-winning 156-room hotel and 24/7 contemporary art museum. HA+D is the leading publication covering design and development trends for the hotel industry in North America and Asia.

Read the full article here.

More info on 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati: http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/

PWWG WELCOMES NEW ARCHITECTURAL STAFF

Sep 2013


PWWG added three graduate architects to its staff in downtown Pittsburgh, bringing the team of design professionals to 17. Shannon Benya joined PWWG as a full-time employee in September. She graduated in 2013 from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Architecture, Dean's List accolades, and concentrations in Italian and theatrical design. Shannon has worked professionally as an intern architect on large scale multi-family residential complexes and hotels, and as assistant project manager with a general contractor. Shannon's interests outside of architecture include designing decorative tableware, volunteering with community projects, and athletic pursuits.

Sam Rashid joined PWWG in September. He is a 2013 honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Architecture. While at CMU, Sam accrued two years of residential design-build experience in the school's Urban Design Build Studio and assisted with professional exhibition design projects. Outside of PWWG Sam enjoys designing and crafting objects out of wood at large and small scales.

Luqman McNeil joined PWWG in July. His internship follows advanced academic and project work as part of the UDream program at Carnegie Mellon University where his course of study focused on urban design and sustainability. Luq graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture in 2012. He has worked professionally for the US GSA Office of Design and Construction in Washington DC, and for a variety of firms in Jacksonville, FLA. Luq is active outside of architecture in community service projects, graphic design, and drawing and painting.

PWWG DESIGNING PITTSBURGH'S FIRST CRUNCH FITNESS FACILITY AT THE WATERFRONT

Sep 2013


PWWG is working with Cornerstone Equity Investors (Stamford, CT) to design the region's first Crunch Fitness facility at the Waterfront in Homestead, PA. The full service health club will occupy 20,000 sf on the second floor of the former Filene's Basement store. PWWG is coordinating all interior architectural improvements, custom system upgrades, and finishes. Crunch at the Waterfront will offer the latest exercise equipment, group training rooms for fitness classes, personal training areas, locker rooms, and support spaces. The facility is expected to open in January 2014.

PWWG's HATFIELD+HOME HOUSING FEATURED IN ARTICLE ON THE SURGE IN SMALL HOUSES

Jun 2013


PWWG's new urban housing development, Hatfield+Home, was featured in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article by Diana Nelson-Jones examining how the project addresses the surge in demand for compact, energy-efficient houses in Pittsburgh. Jack Johnston, President of the developer Jaxon, offered details about how the 14 single family and duplex houses harmonize with the dynamic neighborhood of Lawrenceville in unit layouts, materials, and amenities designed by PWWG. At the same time, it was reported that Phase One of the project is completely sold out, and that Phase Two, with delivery expected in early to mid 2014, already has a waiting list for several units.

Read the full article here: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/walkabout-lawrenceville-project-in-its-small-way-is-future-of-housing-689376/

PWWG DOING FAÇADE REHABILITATION AND HOTEL CONVERSION IN HISTORIC OLIVER BUILDING

Jun 2013


PWWG is architectural consultant to OHM Advisors (Columbus, OH), designing the conversion of the top half of the historic 25-story Oliver Building in downtown Pittsburgh to a 228-unit Embassy Suites Hotel for McKnight Realty Partners (Pittsburgh). PWWG's scope includes analysis of existing conditions, advising on preserving the building's historic character, design of a new entrance canopy, and construction administration. The hotel will have a new separate entrance lobby on the building's first floor, and the Sky Lobby on the 24th floor will have check-in for guests. Other amenities include bar and restaurant, swimming pool and fitness center, conference and banquet facilities, and valet service. Opening is planned for the first quarter of 2015.

Since March of this year, PWWG has been coordinating rehabilitation of the building's historic facade for McKnight Realty Partners. That work includes visual inspections, structural evaluation, cleaning the stone, repointing, repairing the massive cornice elements, and repair/replacement of missing components and windows. All work is being completed in accordance with historical guidelines to revitalize Daniel Burnham's original 1908 design.

NEW REGISTERED ARCHITECT

Jun 2013


Congratulations to Brent Houck who recently became a registered architect in Pennsylvania. Brent is also a LEED Accredited Professional. This brings PWWG’s registered architectural staff to 11 of 14 total.

KEVIN WAGSTAFF PRESENTS AT WVAPPA

Apr 2013


PWWG principal Kevin Wagstaff presented "Shaping 21st Century STEM Learning Spaces at Post-Secondary Schools" at the 2013 WV Association of Physical Plant Administrators meeting. New programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are driving the need for facility designs that enable collaborative learning. The talk summarized concepts from the National Science Foundation's "Project Kaleidoscope" (PKAL), the leading guide for shaping inspiring STEM learning environments. Kevin and co-presenter Dr. Andrew Blackwood, Executive Dir. of the National Youth Science Foundation, used examples from PWWG's portfolio to illustrate real-life applications of PKAL principles including: an advanced science camp for high school students; a drab post-war lab/classroom building at Allegheny College renovated to achieve LEED Gold; a new advanced skills training facility at WVU Parkersburg; and another lab/classroom renovation at La Roche College.

For more information on PKAL, visit: http://www.pkal.org/

For a copy of the presentation, contact senglert@pwwgarch.com

SHELDON GOETTEL AND KEVIN WAGSTAFF PRESENT AT The MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE OF SCUP

Apr 2013


PWWG principals Sheldon Goettel and Kevin Wagstaff, with Brian Gillette, Assistant Director of Physical Plant at Allegheny College, presented at the recent Mid-Atlantic conference of the Society for College and University Planning held at Georgetown University. The presentation was titled ‘Capturing the Value of Post-War Legacy Buildings’, and focused on the hidden value and architectural potential in that huge inventory of ‘brick box’ campus buildings that date from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The presentation used the recent renovation of Carr Hall at Allegheny College as a case study to demonstrate that bland and obsolescent buildings can be transformed into attractive and efficient facilities at a fraction of the cost of new construction. The presentation also outlined a 6 step process that can be used to determine the residual value of legacy buildings and assess their potential for renovation and recycling.

For a copy of this AIA accredited presentation, please contact senglert@pwwgarch.com

PRINCIPAL ALAN WEISKOPF PRESENTS AT AIA'S BUILD PITTSBURGH ON CODE CHALLENGES FOR HISTORIC ADAPTATIONS

Apr 2013


PWWG Principal Alan Weiskopf presented at Build Pittsburgh with three other industry professionals including Erik Harless, AIA, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection. The session examined case studies of historic urban projects with permitting challenges, and outlined strategies for preparing to present to the Board of Appeals. Alan is a past member of the Pittsburgh Board of Code Review and he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Standards and Appeals for the Bureau of Building Inspection in the City of Pittsburgh. Build Pittsburgh is AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference and exhibitor show.

PWWG REPAIRING, RE-SKINNING WEAN HALL AT CARNEGIE MELLON

Apr 2013


PWWG has been commissioned by Carnegie Mellon to repair and re-skin Wean Hall to preserve and improve the energy performance of this iconic exposed concrete building from the late 1960s that houses the campus's computer services, plus the physics and mathematics departments. The work will be guided by findings from a forensic study completed by PWWG in Fall 2012 that found serious deterioration throughout the building's steel reinforced cast concrete skin. Remediation will include repair and coating of targeted cast concrete surfaces to halt deterioration, and design of a new rain screen skin for the entire building envelope. Services will include an energy model by CJL Engineering to determine current energy usage and to project savings that can be realized by installing a rain screen, and photorealistic renderings by PWWG to illustrate the updated look of the building with new cladding.

PWWG SUPPORTS ZERO LANDFILL PITTSBURGH'S ANNUAL MATERIALS ROUNDUP

Apr 2013


PWWG was proud to make a hefty contribution to ZeroLandfill Pittsburgh's annual roundup of outdated materials culled from old specifications and our in-house materials library. The upcycling event at Construction Junction typically redirects from landfills thousands of pounds of quality carpet, tile, fabric, and other samples collected from the architectural, interior, and graphic design industry. On subsequent "harvest" days, the non-profit group made them available at no charge to local artists, educators and students for a variety of creative projects.

PWWG ARCHITECT STEVE ALBERT AND HIS WIFE RACHEL WELCOME SON JONAH

Mar 2013


PWWG architect Steve Albert and his wife Rachel are delighted to announce the birth of their son Jonah Ryan on March 6th. We all wish them continued health and happiness as their son grows.

pwwg becomes new sponsor of wesa public radio

Mar 2013


PWWG is pleased to sign on as a corporate sponsor for Pittsburgh's National Public Radio affiliate WESA 90.5 FM. The firm's advertisements have been heard throughout the day since early March on the station's popular news and talk programs. WESA is southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, engaging the public with exceptional local and national programming.

Click to listen to PWWG's on-air spots:

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PWWG SELECTED TO DESIGN NEW MANCHESTER CHARTER SCHOOL ON PITTSBURGH'S NORTH SIDE

Mar 2013


PWWG was selected as the architect for the renovation and expansion of the facility shared by the Manchester Youth Development Center (MYDC) and the Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS) on Pittsburgh's North Side. The scope of work includes renovating and repurposing the existing facility to upgrade teaching and recreation spaces, and create new classrooms for pre-school and pre-kindergarten students. On an adjacent vacant site, PWWG will design a new middle school building for MACS for grades six through eight, including a new entrance, gymnasium, cafeteria, and classrooms. MACS has operated as an independent charter school since 1998. The design team will connect the existing and new facilities to create a campus atmosphere.

CARR HALL AT ALLEGHENY COLLEGE SCORES MASTER BUILDERS DESIGN-BUILD AWARD

Mar 2013


The Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania presented Allegheny College with the Award for Excellence in Design-Build on February 28th in an awards ceremony at Heinz Field. Allegheny received the award for recent renovations to Carr Hall, a lab and classroom building.  PWWG and contractor Massaro Corporation led the design-build team for the project. The MBA Building Excellence Awards are the highest commercial construction industry awards in Western Pennsylvania. On hand to receive the honor were PWWG's Kevin Wagstaff, Massaro VP Steven Massaro, Brian Gillette from Allegheny College and other members of the project team.


 

PWWG TO COMPLETE PRELIMINARY DESIGN FOR CONVERSION OF THE HENRY W. OLIVER BUILDING TO AN EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL

Mar 2013


PWWG was selected by McKnight Realty Partners (Pittsburgh) and partner Bird Houk (Ohio) to assist in renovating the historic 25-story Henry W. Oliver Building and the conversion of several floors to an Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. The project presents an exciting opportunity to revitalize and preserve an iconic piece of architecture in the city. PWWG will document existing building conditions and evaluate strategies to incorporate new code-compliant work. The firm will also advise the Owner about retaining or restoring historically significant elements toward their goal of obtaining Federal Tax Credits to fund the hotel project. PWWG will also develop designs for a new dedicated hotel entrance with a canopy and drop-off at street level, and assist with obtaining approval from federal and local authorities.

PWWG SELECTED AS ARCHITECTs FOR a new music building at GENEVA COLLEGE

Feb 2013


PWWG was selected by Geneva College and design-build contractor Jendoco Construction Company to design a new facility for the Department of Music on the 55-acre campus in Beaver Falls, PA. The new building will accommodate training in music performance, education, and management, and include practice rooms, classrooms, a music library, recital hall, faculty office, a student lounge and support spaces.

CARR HALL RENOVATION AT ALLEGHENY COLLEGE RECEIVES LEED GOLD RATING

Feb 2013


In February, PWWG's design-build renovation of Carr Hall, which houses the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science, achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold certification recognizes the project's exceptional use of sustainable materials, including those with recycled content, rapidly renewable fibers and a cradle-to-cradle manufacturing model; healthy indoor air quality; a living wall and aquaponics systems; daylighting from solar tubes and skylights; and significant energy savings due to building envelope improvements, heat recovery techniques and energy-efficient lighting. Design-build partner Massaro Corporation who coordinated LEED certification reported that the project exceeded the original goal of "Silver."

PWWG SELECTED FOR RENOVATION OF ALUMNI HOUSE AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Dec 2012


PWWG is renovating Alumni House at Carnegie Mellon University, the facility that integrates all of CMU’s national and international alumni outreach and fundraising departments. The scope of work includes restoring all landscaping, exterior and first floor public areas that are open to visiting alumni and significant improvements to the offices, conference areas and shared workspaces used by staff. The project is slated for completion in Fall of 2013.

NEW 10,000 SF EXHIBIT GALLERY OPEN AT DRAKE WELL MUSEUM

Nov 2012


Interiors and landscaping are complete at the Drake Well Museum in Titusville, PA. Earlier this year, PWWG wrapped up design and construction administration for the comprehensive renovation of the 1960’s era structure, including new galleries, research rooms, collections storage, offices and classrooms, envelope and MEP upgrades. A new glass lobby addition connects the exhibits on the site with over 10,000 sf of new interactive and interpretive exhibits designed by Hilferty Museum Planning and Exhibition Design.

TURLEY AND HARDWAY PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT FAIRMONT STATE

Nov 2012


Construction is under way for two projects at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV. Turley Center, an existing vacant building, is being renovated and completely reconfigured for reuse as a Student Access and Success Center. The project includes new windows, elevators, MEP and accessibility upgrades, and replacing existing finishes on all three levels of the building. The project is slated for completion in May 2013. PWWG is also overseeing the renovation of National Register Hardway Hall on the campus. The scope of work includes replacing windows and MEP systems, and accessibility upgrades throughout the building. Hardway is used for administrative and classroom functions, and is the first structure to be seen by visitors to the campus. The project is scheduled for completion in late Summer 2013.

PWWG’S STEVE ALBERT RECEIVES YOUNG LEADERSHIP AWARD

Nov 2012


In a ceremony celebrating exemplary volunteer service at Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, PWWG architect Steve Albert, AIA was awarded the congregation’s Young Leadership Award. The honor recognizes Steve’s efforts in stewardship of Beth Shalom’s physical space, and the importance of the building and its prominent location in a lively urban neighborhood to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. Steve recently served as Chair of the House Committee and coordinated several programming and security upgrades to the facility.

PWWG SELECTED TO RESTORE HISTORIC POALE ZEDECK SYNAGOGUE IN PITTSBURGH

Nov 2012


PWWG is working with Congregation Poale Zedeck in Pittsburgh on a phased Facilities and Master Plan for refurbishing the architecturally significant Main Building. The scope includes short and long term visioning with stakeholders and staff from the congregation, and a comprehensive forensic assessment of the existing building’s envelope, HVAC systems, adherence to codes, and interior spaces to assess the best methods for rehab and repair. PWWG is developing cost estimates to support the congregation’s financial planning and a capital campaign. All work is being done while the building is in use.

PWWG SELECTED AS EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT FOR A THIRD 21C HOTEL RENOVATION

Nov 2012


PWWG is the Executive Architect for conversion of the 17-story Hill Building in downtown Durham, North Carolina to a 21c Museum Hotel. The historic building was designed by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, the firm best known for the Empire State Building. PWWG is teamed again with Design Architect Deborah Berke and Partners of NYC, with whom they recently completed the 21c in Cincinnati, and are currently repurposing another historic property for a 21c Hotel in Lexington, KY. 21c is a critically acclaimed trademark concept that combines a boutique hotel with a 24/7 contemporary art museum, strategically situated to spur economic and cultural rejuvenation of urban centers. The Durham 21c , with restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, multi-purpose ballroom, and approximately 120 guest rooms is scheduled to open in 2015.

21C HOTEL / METROPOLE RESTAURANT OPEN IN DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

Nov 2012


The 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati recently opened to the public with a ribbon cutting and gala festivities. PWWG was Executive Architect for the project, in collaboration with Design Architect Deborah Berke and Partners of NYC. 21c is a critically acclaimed trademark concept that combines a boutique hotel and restaurant with a 24/7 contemporary art museum, strategically situated to spur economic and cultural rejuvenation of urban centers. The 100-year-old, 156-room former Metropole Hotel required extensive exterior rehabilitation and reconfiguration of all interior spaces, including new systems and infrastructure to house meeting and conference rooms, a spa, and signature restaurant. The building was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owner Cincinnati Center Development Corp. (3CDC) had initially retained PWWG to prepare a conceptual plan for the building’s rebirth.

http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/

RIBBON CUTTING AT CARR HALL, ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Oct 2012


Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) dedicated the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science with a gala dinner. The rehabilitation of this 1960’s building was designed by PWWG. Carr Hall is the focus of Allegheny College’s Better Building Challenge, an initiative launched by President Obama in 2010 to selectively subsidize energy upgrades and sustainable technologies in existing buildings. Speakers at the ceremony included Maria Vargas, Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the U.S. Department of Energy, Allegheny College Board Chairman Eddie Taylor, and college President James Mullen, Jr. The renovation also houses the college’s Department of Physics, and includes classrooms, labs, lecture halls, and faculty offices. The centerpiece of the project is the transformation of the entry experience including a lobby incorporating solar tube daylighting, sustainable materials, a living green wall, an aquaponics demonstration, and a commissioned art piece from recycled materials. The project is designed to achieve LEED for Commercial Interiors certification.

http://www4.eere.energy.gov/challenge/showcase/allegheny/richard-j-cook-center

MAYOR LUKE RAVEHSTAHL BREAKS GROUND AT PWWG’S HATFIELD+HOME URBAN LOFT HOUSING PROJECT

Sep 2012


Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, joined by State Senator Jim Ferlo, developer/builder Bob Mistick, and members of the Lawrenceville business community, officially broke ground on Hatfield+Home, the newest housing development in this dynamic city neighborhood at the river’s edge. PWWG designed the project, including six different home plans with two- and three-bedroom units scheduled to sell in the mid-$200,000 to high-$300,000 range. Located within the high profile Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Corridor, the $4.1 million project transforms a formerly vacant industrial site into stylish, energy efficient urban duplex and detached housing featuring loft layouts, materials inspired by industrial buildings, landscaped outdoor spaces, and individual garages.

http://hatfieldandhome.com/

PWWG’S DAVID KENNEDY SCORES DESIGN/BUILD WIN IN PITTSBURGH COMPETITION

Sep 2012


In a ceremony at Station Square, PWWG intern architect David Kennedy, teamed with graduating carpenter apprentice Jason Smith was awarded second place in the annual design-build competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Carpenter’s Training Center. The pair designed a 4’ x 4’ wooden cabinet to given design and budget specifications to hold promotional materials in the Center’s lobby. They then built and detailed the piece in an intense one-day work session. Kennedy and Smith competed against other teams of young architects, carpenters and contractors from local firms, including Desmone, Astorino, RDC, IKM, Massaro, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and others.

PWWG WELCOMES NEW STAFF

Sep 2012


PWWG recently welcomed Beth Courtney to PWWG as part-time assistant to the business manager. Her primary role will be in accounting and bookkeeping, and support for business development. Beth is a 1997 graduate of the University of Missouri with a BA in English. She and her husband recently relocated to Pittsburgh and are enjoying setting up their new home in Bloomfield, exploring the city’s neighborhoods, and making new friends.

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT WVU PARKERSBURG

Aug 2012


West Virginia University at Parkersburg celebrated the opening of its new Applied Technology Center (ATC) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late August. The project was designed by PWWG in tandem with a $1 million Child Development Center scheduled for completion in September. College President Marie Foster Gnage was joined at the ceremony by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, college officials and representatives of U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley and Senator Joe Manchin. Tomblin said the ATC is a pivotal part of a long term state-wide effort to bring businesses and development to West Virginia. The $5 million 21,000 sf ATC was built by TEDCO Construction and replaces the college's outdated technology wing with modern industrial labs, classrooms and support spaces for hands-on instruction in welding, industrial maintenance and multi-craft technology.

http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/564236.html

SHELDON GOETTEL NAMED TRUSTEE OF WILSON COLLEGE

Jun 2012


PWWG Principal Sheldon Goettel, AIA, LEED AP has been elected a trustee of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. He will serve on the Facilities and the Academic Affairs Committees. Wilson is a private liberal arts women's college founded in 1869, with a highly regarded selection of unique pre-professional programs.

PWWG WELCOMES NEW STAFF

May 2012


Joshua Frick joined PWWG as a full-time employee in May. He graduated in 2011 from Miami University of Ohio with a Master of Architecture degree, and was awarded the AIA School Medal and the certificate of merit for graduating at the top of his class. Most recently, Joshua was visiting faculty at Miami University where he taught several semesters of graduate-level architectural graphics classes. He has worked professionally on a variety of architectural projects in Morgantown, WV. Joshua’s interests outside of architecture include drawing and painting, woodworking, and playing guitar.

David Kennedy recently joined PWWG as a full-time employee. He is a 2010 honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Architecture. David brings to PWWG experience in high-end residential design/build work, including interiors and custom casework, as well as branding and web design. David’s interests outside of PWWG include furniture design and construction from reclaimed materials.

PWWG recently welcomed Martha Solomon as the new Administrative Assistant at our office in downtown Pittsburgh. Martha has a variety of responsibilities related to administrative support, business development, office systems coordination, and bookkeeping. She has a BA in Art/English from Edinboro, and a Masters in Art History from Penn State. Outside of PWWG, Martha writes creative fiction, does freehand drawing and portraiture, and reads voraciously.

CARR HALL RENOVATION NEARING COMPLETION AT ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

May 2012


PWWG’S renovation of a 1960’s classroom building at Allegheny College is slated for completion in August 2012, in time for the fall semester. The project creates a vibrant, energy efficient new home for the college’s Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science and the Physics Department. PWWG’s renovation includes classrooms, labs, lecture halls, faculty offices, and a completely new lobby storefront system. The firm transformed the entry experience with new finishes and a permanent exhibit that illustrates and explains sustainable concepts incorporated in the building.  The project is designed to achieve LEED for Commercial Interiors certification. Carr Hall is the focus of Allegheny College’s Better Building Challenge, an initiative launched by President Obama in 2010 to selectively subsidize energy upgrades and sustainable technologies in existing buildings.

PWWG ARCHITECT LISA CARVER AND HUSBAND MATT WELCOME DAUGHTER DAPHNE JANE

May 2012


PWWG architect Lisa Carver and her husband Matt are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Daphne Jane on May 14th. After enjoying full days with Daphne on maternity leave, Lisa is back at the firm full time.

PWWG awarded design of a new fraternity house at allegheny college

Apr 2012


PWWG is working with GilCon Construction on a design/build project for a new residence house and flexible event space for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Allegheny College. The architectural form, details and materials of the new structure are timeless and classic, at home within the historic fabric of both the Allegheny College campus and the city of Meadville in which it is situated. The project is slated for LEED Silver certification. The firm recently completed another design/build project at Allegheny, the renovation of the Carr Hall lab and classroom building.

PWWG SELECTED AS EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT FOR A SECOND 21c HOTEL RENOVATION

Apr 2012


PWWG is the Executive Architect for conversion of the historic 15-story First National Bank Building in downtown Lexington, KY to a 21c Museum Hotel. The firm is teamed again with Design Architect Deborah Berke and Partners of NYC, with whom they are completing repurposing of another historic property for a 21c Hotel in Cincinnati. 21c is a critically acclaimed trademark concept that combines a boutique hotel with a contemporary art museum, strategically situated to spur economic and cultural rejuvenation of urban centers. The Lexington 21c will have a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, multi-purpose ballroom, and approximately 90 guest rooms.

PWWG’S RENOVATION OF SENIOR RESIDENCES AT LSOP HELPS MAKE IT ONE OF THE “BEST IN THE NATION,” PER US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Apr 2012


Thoughtful layout and programming in PWWG’s comprehensive renovation of residences for seniors at the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSOP) campus in Pittsburgh were cited as contributing factors to its recent accolade by US News & World Report as one of the best in the US. A Post Gazette article about the honor captures quotes about “…the beauty of the facility” and its non-institutional feeling of home from residents, family members and the Sisters themselves. PWWG completed work at the LSOP campus in 4 phases including design of a brand new facility for skilled nursing care; the award-winning restoration of the Gloria Chapel; repurposing of a former nursing facility for independent living apartments; and renovation of the historic main building to house administration and support services for all residents, senior day activities, and the private convent for the Sisters.

http://health.usnews.com/senior-housing/nursing-homes/pa

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-north/little-sisters-senior-home-named-one-of-the-best-in-the-nation-630036/?p=0

PWWG PROJECTS FEATURED IN POP CITY

Apr 2012


The on-line publication Pop City recently featured a development news piece about PWWG’s highly regarded home-to-apartment conversions of two historic Shadyside properties for the high-end developer Franklin West Property Group. The feature article quoted co-owner Caroline West saying these two projects are “…exemplary of Franklin West’s commitment to maintaining historic properties…through creative reuse we are able to preserve the charm and character of the neighborhood—why people want to come and live in Shadyside.” The piece cited PWWG Principal Kevin Wagstaff’s strategies for incorporating high-efficiency amenities into the gracious architecture of the original buildings.

http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/franklinwest041812.aspx

SHELDON GOETTEL PRESENTS AT KEYSTONE APPA CONFERENCE

Apr 2012


PWWG Principal Sheldon Goettel, AIA, LEED AP presented a session at the spring conference of the Keystone Association of Physical Plant Administrators (KAPPA) the professional organization serving the Commonwealth’s education facilities officers. The talk, “Post WWII Buildings: 1945-1975 Issues and Opportunities” was a comprehensive assessment of merits and challenges with repurposing post war buildings at US colleges and universities. Sheldon used PWWG’s highly successful renovation of Carr Hall at Allegheny College to illustrate the process of effectively evaluating existing building stock, sorting out what to keep vs. what to divest, and how to leverage a building’s assets to create a handsome upgrade that enhances the campus environment. The talk is available in PDF format by contacting PWWG’s Martha Solomon (see “Contact” tab).

PWWG HAS SEVERAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION

Nov 2011


PWWG is restoring three structures at historic Old Economy Village in Ambridge, PA, under our term contract with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The work, as always, encompasses forensic evaluation, restorative design, and coordinating artisan craftspeople from the preservation trades. Projects currently underway include: Cleaning industrial and atmospheric pollution from the fieldstone walls of the Grotto; Restoring the interior layout and all historic finishes of the Rapp House; and design and construction of a new cedar shake roof for the Granary.

PWWG AWARDED A CONTRACT AT WVU’s MONTGOMERY CAMPUS FOR RENOVATION OF OLD MAIN

Nov 2011


Under a term contract with West Virginia University, PWWG is leading a total rehabilitation and preservation of the historic Old Main Building at WVU, Montgomery. The structure houses classrooms and the university’s administrative offices. PWWG’s scope of work includes restoration and repair of exterior masonry, inspection and rehabilitation of the original slate roof, selected upgrades to interior spaces and finishes, installation of a new elevator, and an upgrade of all lighting, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire proofing systems.

PWWG COMPLETES EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR RENOVATION OF WADSWORTH HALL COMMUNITY CENTER AT OAK HILL

Oct 2011


PWWG’s project recycles and upgrades all spaces and systems in a mid-20th century building that was the original community center for a former public housing project. As part of a phased expansion of the Oak Hill development, a new mixed income urban neighborhood rejuvenating Pittsburgh’s Hill District, renovated Wadsworth Hall retains its community center function as a focus for health, social, educational, and vocational programs with an emphasis on youth. The building includes a community room, classrooms, computer lab, and support service offices with new site improvements including a pool, playground, landscaping, tennis and basketball courts.

PWWG COMPLETES STUDENT HOUSING CONVERSION FOR CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Sep 2011


PWWG completed Phase 2 of a fast-track project under a term contract with Carnegie Mellon University employing our expertise in adaptive reuse. The first phase of The Residence on Fifth converted a former nursing home to undergraduate suites for 93 students. This round of work created offices, conference rooms, and a new employee kitchen for the campus’ Housing and Dining Services. PWWG also replaced the roof, and developed life-cycle improvements that will make the building easier to maintain over time. The project has reportedly been well received by students for its layout, stylish ambiance, and amenities.

TWO PWWG PROJECTS RECEIVE "AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE" FOR PROJECT DESIGN

Aug 2011


NAHRO, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, has honored PWWG with Awards of Excellence for the design of Laurel Estates, a new Traditional Neighborhood Development in Uniontown, PA, and Vermeire Manor, a renovation and conversion of apartments for seniors in Sharon, PA. NAHRO Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding innovation and achievement in housing and community development programs throughout the country. Entries were chosen from projects selected at the regional level earlier this year. These projects will be honored in articles in the Journal of Housing and Community Development.

PWWG AWARDED THE DESIGN OF A NEW HEALTH SCIENCE BUILDING FOR WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Aug 2011


This new building will be home to the Chemistry Department and each health care major offered at WLU, including the Departments of Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physician Assistant Studies, Medical Laboratory Science, and Speech Pathology and Audiology. The firm is currently completing construction administration for two additional projects at WLU, at historic Shaw Hall and Main Hall.

PWWG HAS SEVERAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY FOR CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

May 2011


PWWG is working on a variety of projects for Carnegie Mellon University employing our expertise in historic restoration and adaptive reuse. The firm is completing the second phase of the project at 4700 Fifth Avenue to convert a former nursing home to student apartment suites; a forensic investigation of historic Margaret Morrison Hall; and implementation of Life Safety improvements at Mellon Institute.

TWO PWWG PROJECTS AT WVU PARKERSBURG POISED TO START CONSTRUCTION

May 2011


PWWG will begin construction administration in July for two new standalone projects at West Virginia University’s growing Parkersburg campus. The new 19,000 sf Applied Technology Center (ATC) will house the campus’ skills training facilities for its programs in welding, electricity and instrumentation, and industrial machining. The Child Development Center (CDC) is a 5,100 sf child care and teaching facility. The project scope includes office and administration spaces, play, learning and sleeping rooms for infants through pre-kindergarten, adult learning classrooms, an atrium/event room, kitchen and laundry. The curriculum incorporates a highly innovative mix of arts, literacy, culture and technology in modes beyond the traditional classroom environment.

NEW REGISTERED ARCHITECT

May 2011


Congratulations to Lisa Carver, AIA who recently became a registered architect in Pennsylvania. Lisa is also a LEED Accredited Professional, and she serves on the board of West Park Court, one of PWWG’s award-winning rehab/re-skinning projects. This brings PWWG’s registered architectural staff to 11 of 14 total.

PWWG AWARDED TWO PROJECTS AT FAIRMONT STATE: HARDWAY HALL AND TURLEY HALL

Apr 2011


Turley Center, an existing vacant building, will be adapted for reuse as a Student Access and Success Center. The project includes replacing existing finishes, walls, mechanical and electrical systems on all three levels of the building. PWWG will also complete historic renovations at National Register Hardway Hall including façade repairs, and upgrades and replacement of mechanical and electrical systems throughout the building. Hardway is used for administrative and classroom functions, and is one of the first structures to be seen by visitors to the campus.

TWO PROJECTS AT WEST LIBERTY STARTING CONSTRUCTION

Apr 2011


Two projects designed by PWWG at West Liberty University in West Virginia are under construction. Historic Shaw Hall will be comprehensively renovated to house the university’s administrative offices, conference and work rooms, campus security office, and a student health center. The scope of work included creating a new passenger elevator in the core of the existing building, and extensive interior renovations and restorations. PWWG utilized a building information modeling (BIM) process to explore and document the design. At Main Hall, PWWG designed a comprehensive window replacement of windows from two different eras, the 1930’s and the 1960’s, and coordinated the overall aesthetic of the building. All window units will have low-E Argon filled glazing for increased energy performance.

PWWG COMPLETES DESIGN OF 21c MUSEUM HOTEL IN CINCINNATI

Apr 2011


PWWG has completed the construction documents for the comprehensive renovation of the former Metropole Hotel, a National Register building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, to serve as a 160 room 21c Museum Hotel. 21c Cincinnati follows on the heels of the client’s critically acclaimed project in Louisville that has been voted the #1 hotel in the US for two consecutive years. PWWG serves as the Executive Architect and Architect of Record in conjunction with Design Architect Deborah Berke and Partners (NYC).

PWWG’S WEST PARK COURT FEATURED IN AIA’s COLUMNS COVER STORY

Mar 2011


PWWG landed a cover story on the award-winning project West Park Court in the March issue of Pittsburgh AIA’s magazine, Columns. The article, written by Principal Sheldon Goettel, AIA, LEED AP and Susan Englert, explains the rich opportunities that re-skinning aging high rises offers for owners and architects: to improve the building’s energy performance, so solve long term maintenance problems, and to make a new and better contribution to the urban landscape. See the full article on-line at http://www.aiapgh.org/images/Columns-March-2011.pdf

PWWG SELECTED FOR WVU TERM SERVICES CONTRACT

Feb 2011


PWWG was one of only eight firms to receive an Open End Professional Architectural and Engineering Services Agreement from West Virginia University, from among 60+ applicants. The contract is initially for five years. Through this selection, PWWG becomes a long term partner in the growth of the University, with an exclusive invitation to propose on a variety of A/E projects at WVU’s main campus in Morgantown and at all of the University’s regional campuses and other State Institutions of Higher Education. Under a separate contract in 2008, PWWG completed WVU’s first LEED Certified project, Oglebay Hall and Ming Hsieh Hall.

WELCOME TO NEW HIGHER EDUCATION CLIENTS

Nov 2010


PWWG is pleased to have been selected for two new projects at West Liberty University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg. At WLU, the firm will be undertaking a renovation of historic Shaw Hall along with a comprehensive window replacement at Main Hall. For WVUP, we are designing a new 20,000 SF Applied Technology Center to house the welding and industrial maintenance programs. We are also designing a new Child Development Center. Both will be independent, stand alone buildings on the growing WVUP campus.

MORE REGISTERED ARCHITECTS

Nov 2010


Congratulations to Carl Bolton, AIA and Steve Albert, AIA who have recently become registered architects in Pennsylvania. This brings the total of registered architects at PWWG to 11.

PWWG RECEIVES TWO AWARDS AT DESIGN PITTSBURGH

Nov 2010


PWWG captured two awards in the 2010 AIA Pittsburgh design awards program. The firm received an Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design for our master plan for the National Center for Youth Science Education to be located in Davis, WV. The firm also received a Certificate of Merit for the design of the West General Robinson Street Garage located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

NEW RESIDENCE HALL OPENS AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Nov 2010


Working in conjunction with CMU and Graziano Construction, Phase 1 of the PWWG designed conversion of 4700 Fifth Avenue in Oakland opened to students in August 2010. The building, which formerly served as an assisted living and hospice facility, was designed and constructed on a fast track process to meet the demands of the academic calendar.

NEW PROJECT AT ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Nov 2010


PWWG is working with Massaro Construction in a design/build project to renovate Carr Hall at Allegheny College to house the new Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Sciences. The new facility will contain labs, classrooms and offices for the Environmental Sciences Department. The renovation will incorporate sustainable strategies including increased energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and extensive use of daylighting.


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