The project sees the construction of a new 36,000 square-foot facility for CMU’s College of Engineering. Funded by a gift from ANSYS, this project blurs the lines between interior and exterior spaces, and conference rooms provide views over the Oakland portion of the City.
In preparation for its 125th anniversary, Phipps Conservatory undertook the restoration of the historic ogee crest, which had been missing from the glasshouse since 1937. As part of the celebration, a new lighting scheme was envisioned to turn the original Lord & Burnham design into a lantern for special events. This design helps to reveal the ogee’s complex curves and brings life to it as it soars above Schenley Park.
How do you take the feature restaurant in a City’s premier hotel, and make it better? That was the challenge faced by Fairmont Pittburgh in reinventing the restaurant that started the downtown, local-first revolution in Pittsburgh. Taking cues from the City’s rich history, the restaurant evokes casual luxury at its finest. Curated details, warm hues, vintage metallic finishes, and modern woodwork set the backdrop for a lighting scheme that integrates into and reveals the architecture. Bespoke lighting fixtures with mid-century modern flair act as the finishing touch to the space.
The South 18th Street Steps are part of a series of projects that aim to highlight and celebrate gateways to the South Side Slopes neighborhood. Located on the slope’s busiest street, and at its boundary with the south side flats, the 18th St. Steps are a high-visibility icon, as well as a heavily-trafficked pedestrian route. The lighting design for the steps serves as an eye-catching element that will draw attention to the neighborhood above and create an exciting experience for pedestrians as they move from the ‘Flats’ up to the ‘Slopes’ of the South Side.
The challenge was to create a memorial to honor the soldiers of this Pittsburgh suburb that both reflects the heritage of the community and serves as a solemn venue for people to reflect. The memorial sits at the entrance of a local community park. By day, white marble stones stand out from the memorial’s walls, contrasted by the simple green lawn of the landscape. At night, they radiate light, vibrant with the spirit of those they represent, past, present, and future. At the center is a singular figure, built of the same luminous material, supporting the national standard.
This repositioning project transformed a dated and disconnected lobby into a unified space with reception, lounge, and patio areas. With ample room for work, collaboration, and events, the new space appeals to the evolving needs of the millennial workforce, and invites the tenants to engage socially outside of the typical office environment. Drawing on the surrounding neighborhood’s rich industrial heritage, the creative architectural design uses brick, steel, concrete, and timber elements to create a chic amenity space more akin to a neighborhood hot spot than an office lobby. Lighting activates and enlivens the areas by accenting the historic finishes, reinforcing architectural forms, enhancing the visual connections between spaces, and providing decorative anchors at feature locations. LED sources were used throughout to provide appropriate illumination levels at 15% under the lighting power density allowance. The end result is an approachable, welcoming space that has allowed the client to increase building occupancy from just over 50% pre-construction to near-capacity.
Transparency, light, drama – these are the critical components in Mylan Inc.’s Robert J. Coury Global Center in Canonsburg. These elements create a building that celebrates Mylan’s culture and high-tech nature, while reflecting its slogan, “Seeing is Believing”. The team was tasked with providing a lighting design at 30% below ASHRAE allowances, which brings light and life to the headquarters, enhances employee productivity and well-being, and falls within a defined, limited budget. As the building is occupied primarily during the daytime, daylight is integral, and an irreplaceable component in the design, providing ambient light throughout the building, and allowing for lower electric illumination levels.
The goal was to deliver a signature headquarters building that redefined the sustainable high-rise: The Tower at PNC Plaza, billed as the “Greenest Skyrise in the World”. Clad in a double-glazed, breathable skin, the building utilizes automated blinds, programmed to prevent direct solar-penetration into the workplace. Extensive modeling and mock-ups were used to optimize daylight harvesting, while minimizing the impacts of glare and solar gain. Simultaneously, electric lighting was designed exclusively around LED technology, complete with tailored outputs, 2-step tolerances, programmable drivers, bespoke fixtures, whole-building lighting controls, and solar positioning software, which illuminates the interior with minimal energy.