ALL AROUND PITTSBURGH AND BEYOND, CONSTRUCTION IS BOOMING ON THE REGION’S COLLEGE AND
UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES. FOR STUDENTS HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL THIS FALL — AND THEIR PARENTS — WE
OFFER THIS CRASH COURSE ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THESE PROJECTS AND THEIR PROJECTED BENEFITS.
pittsburgh has been a center of higher learning since the earliest days of America’s history, and as our city has grown and evolved over the centuries, so too have our many colleges and universities. Yet seldom has o much new growth been so visible on so many of the region’s campuses,
sprouting from the midst of construction cranes and scaffolds. The needs of, and
opportunities presented by, higher education are much different in 2016 than
they were when these institutions were established — and, as evidence of the
city’s continued commitment to learning, changes are coming quickly. From the
city’s epicenter out into its suburbs, college and university leaders are creating new
spaces, reimagining older buildings and developing cutting-edge cooperative hubs
where industry, academia and nonprofit organizations come together to innovate.
While these projects vary widely in scope and specifics, several common
threads run through aspects of these varied developments:
■ Flexible use of space with an eye toward the future. New and renovated
buildings at many area campuses have moving walls and flexible enclosures that
can morph intimate meeting spaces into open performance and event halls at the
touch of a button. Students need tech-equipped classrooms for lectures and video
conferences, but they also need flexible spaces to collaborate, interact socially and
develop innovative projects.
■ Ongoing commitment to the environment — often demonstrated by striving
for top levels of LEED certification — coupled with an equally deep commitment
to preserving historic spaces and honoring Pittsburgh history.
■ Clear priorities for real-world work environments and opportunities for
increased connections between students and professionals in their fields. Even in
our digital world, physical proximity and face-to-face networking still change lives.
• Looking up at the newly
in West Hall at CCAC-Allegheny Campus.
West Hall is being
repurposed as the
campus Cultural & Fine
Arts Center. Originally
called Memorial Hall, it
was completed in 1912.
// BY MELISSA RAYWORTH // PHOTOS BY MARTHA RIAL