The project was designed on behalf of the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation in the early 90’s when the neighborhood was still blighted and where crime rates remained high. We were tasked with making improvements that signaled change and attract retail and office users.
Essentially an adaptive re-use project, the site was 20,000 sq. ft amalgam of six mid-block retail and warehouse buildings. A decision was made to in order demolish two buildings to provide for a courtyard and off street parking at the rear of the property resulting in 10,000 sq. ft of retail and office space.
The existing front facades were removed and replaced with a modern steel frame infilled with glass and Kalwall with proportions that maintained the rhythm and scale of adjoining buildings and intended to act as a turn signal change and improvement.
AIA Pittsburgh Chapter, Honor Award for Design Excellence