Renovate or Replace? When the College Union Falls Short of Student Needs
Article by: Amy Maceyko, Associate Principal, WTW Architects
It is a common refrain when student life professionals visit our booth at ACUI conferences – “Our building hasn’t had a major renovation in thirty (…or forty) years. Where do we begin? Do we renovate and add on, or should we consider replacement?”
Rendering of the new Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota.
This is the right place to begin, no matter why your union is falling short. Perhaps the building was originally built too small and planned future additions never came to fruition. Or maybe enrollment increases have outpaced the building size by leaps and bounds. Or possibly the size of the building is right, but the systems are outdated and insufficient for current student needs.
Whatever the reason, good direction can be determined by considering a number of factors and their relative costs. Some of this information will be at your fingertips, and other data may require consultation with campus facilities and maintenance staff or the university architect.
Duquesne receives approval for new College of Osteopathic Medicine
We are excited to share the news that on January 12, Duquesne University received approval from the Pittsburgh Planning Commission for the demolition of the building at 1323 Forbes Ave. in preparation for the construction the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The $53.6 million project is scheduled to start construction next spring.
“This major leap forward for Duquesne, Pittsburgh and our region is a bold move that recognizes how health care requires new kinds of practitioners,” Duquesne President Ken Gormley said in announcing the school. He noted that Duquesne has “broad strengths in elements connected to integrative health,” such as pharmacy, nursing, the natural sciences and health sciences.
WTW and SLAM Collaborative are working together on the project.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica's new Hilltop Campus
Designed by WTW in collaboration with local architect Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates, SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica’s new Hilltop Campus is the first net zero-, carbon and net-zero energy-ready residence hall in New York State.
The building will use equal to or less than the energy annually it can produce on-site through renewable resources. The installation of renewable resources will be a future project. The hall will serve as a model for future campuses across the state.
Even in a pandemic, there can be a silver lining. For Sierra Smith, that silver lining was a little more time to study and focus on completing her Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). Congratulations, Sierra, on successfully completing the requirements to be a register architect! This is a well-deserved recognition of Sierra’s skills as an architect.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Reber ME Knowledge Lab - Construction Progress
Construction progresses at the Reber Building’s ME Knowledge Lab for Penn State’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Pictured are the future ‘Toolbox’ and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) spaces along with renderings of the final vision. The Toolbox is located between a Commons area boasting a 3D printer bar and a new Instructional Lab and provides students tools and materials needed for hands-on project work. A dedicated UAV space will allow students to manipulate drones and prototype self-driving vehicles.
Join our discussion Thursday! Blueprint for Better - AIA Pittsburgh event
Join Associate Principal, Brian DiPietro on Thursday, Nov. 5th at 8:30am as he co-presents during the AIA Pittsburgh, Build Pittsburgh 2020 event.
‘AIA/MBA JOINT COMMITTEE WHITE PAPER ON BUILDING ENVELOPE – PRACTICAL STRATEGIES’
The topic will focus on current trends in envelope design and construction. Join them as they dive into the details of different methods, their uses on built projects, and the advantages of each.
Presenters: Jeff Light, AIA (DLA+), Eric Starkowicz (Master Builders’ Association of Western PA), Brian A. DiPietro, AIA (WTW Architects), Tom Donoghue, AIA (Owners Representative)
Memorial Union construction progress at University of North Dakota
Large student union projects have unique construction challenges that require a well-orchestrated approach, and good communication between the construction and design teams. A college union is inherently open and transparent, and many of the spaces flow from one to the next.
The Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota has passed the halfway point in construction and there are 150+ craftspeople working on the project daily. In the photo of the Grand Staircase in the main lounge, you can see a long dust barrier behind the stair. All of the spaces north of the barrier are ready for paint and equipment. This large atrium space still being fireproofed is open to three floors of the building, so messy work must be contained.
McGough is the Construction Manager for UND, and they have done a great job of managing this complex project. Plans for staging of the work began during design, and has been continually refined to respond to winter weather, Covid, and other unforeseen conditions over the past 15 months. Many thanks to our partners at JLG Architects and McGough for a smooth construction process thus far.
#UND #university #studentunion #wtwarchitects #highereducation
The Mechanical Engineering Knowledge Lab Project at Penn State
This initiative will transform the Reber Building basement into a cutting-edge space for undergraduate mechanical engineering students.
It’s wonderful to take part in re-imagining a space that will improve the hands-on experience for mechanical engineering students and strengthen the Engineering Program.
Duquesne University receives pledges for the new medical school
We’re excited to be a part of the Duquesne University new College of Osteopathic Medicine. The recent donations to the medical school’s 80,000sf construction will help Duquesne transform the medical education in our region.
Above rendering of Duquesne’s planned College of Osteopathic Medicine by SLAM Collaborative Architects
Groundbreaking in the Strip
Gold 1 Garage Project Spotlight
GOLD 1 GARAGE – The 1st project in the WORLD designated Parksmart Gold was in the Project Spotlight of Ascent magazine.
Green Business Certification Inc. administers Parksmart (formerly known as Green Garage Certification), the world’s only rating system that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages.
WTW Architects l Massaro Construction Group l R.W. Sidley
Read the feature in Ascent Magazine
UND Memorial Union
We enjoyed watching from Pittsburgh as members of the Memorial Union steering committee participated in the beam raising event on the construction site. We miss our regular visits with the North Dakota team, but we are excited to see that construction is continuing on schedule with precautions in place.
The 154,000sf Memorial Union is on schedule to open in Fall 2021.
Visit our Facebook page to watch the video! https://www.facebook.com/WTWArchitects
Deck parties continue...virtually
What have you been doing to keep in touch and motivate your team? The WTW Friday deck parties have gone virtual and it’s been a blast. What a difference it makes to hear/see your coworkers and share stories together.
The Collaboration Commons & Courtyard Infill at Penn State
Daydreaming about collaborating in groups? We are too…
The Collaboration Commons & Courtyard Infill project located within the Pattee and Paterno Libraries at The Pennsylvania State University included a series of phased interior renovations totaling approximately 69,500 SF.
Combined with the Tombros & McWhirter Knowledge Commons which opened in 2013, the renovation builds upon what is the main hub for students to gather, exchange ideas, and utilize numerous emergent and innovative technologies in a variety of specialized, yet flexible spaces outfitted with ‘smart’ furniture that not only encourages, but facilitates collaboration within both Libraries.
The Project continues to afford students the opportunity to transform raw information into usable knowledge.
Kent State University CAED Career Fair
WTW Architects is excited to attend the 2020 Career Fair for Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED). Derek Eversmann (Director of Planning) and Jenna Glover (Architectural Designer), two of seven Kent State graduates currently on our staff, are looking forward to meeting Kent students and alumni that are interested in pursuing a career in our field. We will be happy to answer any questions about WTW or Pittsburgh, discuss potential job opportunities, or just learn about your experience at Kent State.
The 2020 College of Architecture and Environmental Design Career Fair Kent State Student Center Ballroom
1075 Risman Drive, Kent, OH 44242
Thursday, February 6, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Future architects are hard at work!
Wednesday evening, Parva, Jenna, and Sierra took part in a hands-on course at the Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center. They learned how to assemble Symons concrete forms, use a circular saw, and how to properly drive in a nail.
#pittsburgh #womenatwork #architecture #strongwomen #youngarchitects
NACAS C3X Conference
Join Senior Principal Warren Bulseco and Associate Principal Brian DiPietro at the NACAS – C3X 2019 Annual Conference & Expo Nov. 4th and 5th in Phoenix, AZ.
Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 9:30am Brian will be presenting “What Does Generation Z Want in Their On-Campus Student Housing?” Don’t miss this interesting Ed Session and stop by the booth to find out how we can assist you with your future projects.
New Memorial Union Groundbreaking at UND
On Friday, we officially broke ground on our new Memorial Union. 🙌 🎉 #UNDproud
Posted by UND Student Life on Monday, October 7, 2019
Excited to celebrate the groundbreaking for the New Memorial Union with the great team of students and staff at the University of North Dakota with whom we collaborated so closely designing the project. The involvement and input from their Student Government leaders has been pivotal; it is fitting that most of the shovels at the groundbreaking were held by current and former student leaders.
Happy hour to celebrate 30th birthdays for architects Dan, Jacque, and Parva at Federal Galley. Fun times!!
Towson University - Union Construction
Excitement is building at Towson University.
Principal Paul Knell and Senior Associate Derek Eversmann recently visited the construction site of the University Union. Pictured are views from the first phase of construction and 3D rendering.
AIA Pittsburgh - People's Choice Award
IT”S OFFICIAL! Voting for AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Pittsburgh People’s Choice Award is live on their website and runs through Sept. 30th. WTW has five projects in the competition.
-Click links below for more images and information and then place your votes!
University of Vermont, Howe Library
Penn State, E-Knowledge Commons and WTW Architects Office
University of Vermont, Residence Hall and CODA on Centre
Penn State University - Pattee Reception
Barbara Dewey, Dean of the University Libraries recognized WTW’s team during a Sneak Peek reception for the Patttee Collaboration Commons this past Sunday. The project was complete ahead of schedule and will be open to students as they begin to arrive for the 2019 Fall Semester starting this Friday. WTW attendees included; Larry Payne, Amy Maceyko, Jacque Link and Jenna Glover.
TJ High School Ribbon Cutting
District Administration and School Board members cut the ribbon to officially open the new Thomas Jefferson High School last Sunday. The high school was open to the community for tours following the ribbon-cutting, District officials estimated over 3,000 people toured the facility from 1pm to 8 pm. WTW’s Larry Payne and Greg Smith attended the event and were available to answer questions as community members tours the facility.
IPMI Conference and Award Winning Gold 1 Garage
Principal Larry Payne delivered a presentation and accepted an award during the IPMI conference. The Gold 1 Garage received the Award for New Sustainable Parking & Transportation Facilities Excellence.
We are thrilled to receive this award of achievement along with Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh at the IPMI Conference & Expo held in Anaheim, California. Pictured receiving the award are WTW Principal Larry Payne and Mary Smith, Senior V.P. of Walker Consultants.
-The award is presented by International Parking and Mobility Institute Board of Directors and the Awards of Excellence Awards Committee.
Pitt's Philippine Nationality Room
The Philippine Nationality Room dedication ceremony took place Sunday, June 9th inside the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning. Architect for the project, Principal Warren Bulseco was in attendance along with over 500 guests.
Groundbreaking at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Group image from the recent Groundbreaking Ceremony at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica, NY. This will be the first net zero energy ready residence hall of the 64 campuses.
Pictured is the design build team of Hueber Breuer, HKK, and WTW.
It’s summer intern time! Say hello to Shelby Dolan and welcome back to Nate Steinhauer!! We’re so glad you could join us.
Welcome, Sierra Smith and Parva Markiw to the WTW team!
Senior Principal Paul Knell receives the ACUI Emeritus Award
WTW Principal Paul Knell received the Emeritus Award at the recent ACUI National conference in Indianapolis.
Active in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) since 1985, Paul has been WTW’s planner/design leader on over 100 student life centers across the United States and has received 42 design awards, including 15 Facility Design Awards of Excellence from ACUI for his innovative solutions based on several principles that have set the new standard for student life facilities.
Emeritus Award – This designation conferred by the Board of Trustees celebrates professionals for their leadership and dedication to serving students and advancing campus community through their careers in the field.
PSU Findaly Commons wins a 2019 ACUI Facility Design Award
Penn State received a 2019 ACUI Facility Design Award of Excellence for the newly renovated Findlay Commons at the Association of College Unions International conference in Indianapolis.
Findlay Commons is part of East Food District on the University Park campus. The construction project included renovating about 55,000 square feet or 45 percent of the building, which was built in the mid-1960s and last renovated in the early 1990s.
The award was received by Penn State’s Jim Richard, senior director of Enterprise Services for Housing & Food Services and WTW’s Principal Larry Payne and Architect Amy Maceyko.
Medal of Distinction Award
Congratulations to WTW President & CEO, Rich DeYoung! AIA Pennsylvania awarded Rich the Medal of Distinction during a ceremony that took place on November 15. The Medal of Distinction honors an individual who has made “contributions to architecture that transcend local boundaries and have been of benefit to the profession and citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” It is the highest award that AIA Pennsylvania bestows upon living members.
Pattee Library Tour
As part of a recent higher-education conference at Penn State University, WTW Architects conducted tours of the Pattee Library renovation project. Conference delegates learned about our research into the evolving needs of the Z-Generation of students and how techno-flexibility, One-Button studios, and maker-spaces are being incorporated into our next generation of student life facilities.
AIA Pittsburgh 2018 Design Awards
WTW Principals, Rich DeYoung and Larry Payne accepted the award for Gold 1 Parking Facility at AIA Pittsburgh 2018 Design Awards.
WTW Architects won a Certificate of Merit in the Sustainability and Resiliency category for the design of the North Shore’s Gold 1 Parking Facility, the world’s first Parksmart℠ Gold-certified facility.
Gold 1 Garage - Parksmart℠ Gold!
At Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Partner Meeting, WTW Architects’ Larry Payne and the Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Coordinator – Simona Lomberant helped attendee’s understand how the Gold 1 Garage became the world’s first Parksmart℠ Gold Certified Project by presenting a case study. Parksmart℠ is the world’s only rating system designed to advance sustainable mobility through smarter parking structure design and operation. Learn more at www.parksmart.gbci.org.
Parksmart Dedication Event
Yesterday, the WTW designed Gold 1 Parking Facility in Pittsburgh was dedicated and recognized as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) FIRST Parksmart GOLD PARKING FACILITY IN THE WORLD. The design is another significant expression of WTW’s commitment to and leadership in sustainable design, with this first of its kind sustainable parking structure. It is also a huge honor for Pittsburgh, a city recognized for its leadership in sustainable design.
WTW’s Summer Picnic! The Roadrunners put up a good fight but it was the Punishers that walked away with the win! Thanks to everyone in the office and their families that came out for all of the fun.
WTW welcomes Anthony Pagliaroli, Architect and Nathan Steinhauer, architect intern to the WTW family.
We’re so thrilled to have you!
Food for Thought
WTW is pleased to support the University of North Dakota’s Food for Thought program.
“The commitment and dedication you have shown, not only to this project, but to our students, staff, and faculty has been much appreciated. You have been patient as we have asked questions and redefined the project. You have been diligent in guiding us to identify what we want in our student union. You have consistently maintained your enthusiasm for our campus. And, you have challenged us to consider how our student union can support the overall goals we have for our campus community.
My sincere thanks to you and everyone involved with WTW for your continued partnership and support!”
-Cassie Gerhardt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement & Parent Programs
Jenna Gets LEED AP BD+C
A special shout out to our very own Jenna Glover for her achievement.
Congratulations! You did it!
GOLD 1 GARAGE - The first project in the world designated a Parksmart℠ Gold project
(From left to right: Trevyr Meade, Certification Program Lead, GBCI, Larry Payne, Principal, WTW Architects, Dave Onorato, Executive Director, Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh, John Schmid, CEO Propark, Chair of Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, GBCI)
'A Space that Works for You' local spotlight
WTW is thrilled to be spotlighted as one of the four local projects featured in ‘A Space that Works for You’ special report in the Pittsburgh Business Times.
From the article: The Quantum Workplace, Best Workplaces survey states that these five words: Fun, Challenging, Friendly, Engaging, and Rewarding, were mentioned most often when asked “what makes the best workplace environment”. We couldn’t agree more!
(from slideshow thumbnails – WTW Office images begin at slide 18)
A recap from the ACUI National Conference.
Principals, Richard Bamburak and Paul Knell along with Architects Amy Maceyko and Derek Eversmann, all presented during the conference. Principal Larry Payne also joined the conference and the much acclaimed Martini Party!
University of Houston wins an ACUI Award
During the ACUI National Conference award ceremony, WTW Principal’s, Paul Knell and Richard Baburak accepted the 2018 ACUI Design Award for Excellence for the University of Houston. Congratulations to everyone involved in this great project!
ACUI National Conference
WTW will be attending the ACUI National Conference this week.
WTW Principal, Richard Bamburak will be moderating an exciting panel discussion at this week’s ACUI National Conference in Anaheim, CA. Join him March 23rd @ 2pm (Education Block #5) for “Plan B: How to improve your student union when your plans are derailed.”
Panelists Include: Chuck Price, University of Nevada, Reno / Director, Joe Crowley Student Union / Sylvana Cicero, California State University, Long Beach / Director, Univ. Student Union/Student Recreation & Wellness Center / Marcy Maloney, Cal Poly / Executive Director, Associated Students, Inc. / Matt Bohannon, Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc. / Regional Vice President / Rich Bamburak, WTW Architects / Senior Principal
WTW Interior Designer, Jacque Link recently participated as a judge for the TSA (Technology Student Association) regional competition.
Students at the Middle School and High School levels can sign up for various competitions including: Structural Design and Engineering, Transportation Modeling, Promotional Design, Flight Endurance, On-demand Video, Architectural Design, 3d Engineering, Forensics and much more.
Jacque and a local architect created a design problem for the students to design a post office with varied requirements. The students do not see the problem ahead of time. “We wanted to focus on the general things architects and designers do every day, which is implementing accessibility, utilizing cut sheets to inform our designs, and general space planning.”
The winners from this competition will progress to the State Conference in Seven Springs this April. (Photos: Jacque along with some of the judges. / A PSU ambassador demo with students.)
PSU - Virtual Tour
In partnership with Penn State’s Immersive Construction (ICon) Lab, WTW’s Amy Maceyko led a virtual tour through the Building Information Model of the proposed renovations at the Pattee Library.
Outfitted with motion tracking 3D glasses, Penn State University Libraries administration and staff took advantage of this virtual reality opportunity to better understand the proposed design prior to the start of construction.
MBA's Building Excellence Awards
Congratulation to the Burns White Center for winning the MBA’s Building Excellence Awards, New Construction over $25M Award.
WTW was the architect for the building and Gensler provided interior design for the Burns White tenant improvements. This Oxford Development building is located in Pittsburgh’s, vibrant and growing Strip District.
A visit from Kent State students and professors
A group of 4th year students in Kent State College of Architecture + Environmental Design – CAED recently visited WTW Architects in preparation for a their comprehensive design studio project sited on the Eighth Avenue block in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
Twenty-eight students and two professors met with Rich DeYoung, Derek Eversmann, and Jenna Glover from WTW. They discussed WTW’s 2007 winning design proposal with Behnisch Architects and Gehl Architects for the Cultural Trust as well as recent Pittsburgh transformations.
Center of Life workshop
As the first step of a planning study to convert a vacant middle school building into the new home for the Center of Life, twenty two staff and board members participated in a visioning workshop at WTW’s office. The Center of Life is a Hazelwood-based organization focusing on music, tutoring, and mentoring programs for young people and adults.
Led by WTW principals Tom Wiley and Paul Knell, WTW is excited to be a partner in the design of this creative community based organization; just another reason to be Pittsburgh proud!
IN THE NEWS: West Chester University
Commonwealth Hall at West Chester University of PA is featured in the latest issue of College Planning & Management magazine. Designed in association with Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP.
We made it - Pittsburgh's Coolest Offices List!
Thanks Bizjournals for featuring us as one of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices. It’s not just the design of the space and building that makes an office cool, it’s the cool, creative group with whom we collaborate every day!
Last week, WTW Architect, Mike Haugh joined a small group of young designers and craftworkers from around the country at the BAC/IMI National Training Center in Bowie, Maryland for a weeklong educational program that fosters an advanced understanding of how to collaboratively design, build, and innovate with masonry.
-The Green Team poses with their finished project, which incorporated a custom drain solution to allow plans to grow between healing spaces in their center.
Riverfront West construction
ACUI Region VIII Conference
Derek Eversmann and Paul Knell led a tour of the Bowie State Student Union as part of the ACUI Region VIII conference. Acknowledged for its award-winning design excellence by the American Institute of Architects & by the Association of College Unions International, the union has become a mandatory tour for our colleagues in the student life profession. The group stopped for a photo in front of the bronze Bulldog mascot for BSU spirit. Bowie State University
GOLD at 2555 Smallman
The National Aviary's, Wings and Wildlife art show is almost here.
We are thrilled to be a Silver Sponsor of the upcoming National Aviary, 2017 Wings & Wildlife Art Show, November 3rd-5th. This is an amazing annual juried show highlighting Wildlife Artists from across the region. For more info or tickets to the opening Soiree and Benefit Auction, please follow the link.
Clarion University - Suites on Main receives LEED Silver
We did it! Clarion’s Suites on Main received LEED Silver! The scale, character, and amenities of the complex offers a unique small town urban university experience.
Argo AI headquarters in the Strip
Ground Breaking News! Argo AI headquarters to anchor Oxford’s Riverfront West in Strip District. As Architects for this building, it’s exciting to be a part of our city’s growth.
Check out the TribLive video and article!
First Look: AHN's Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute
The AHN Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute’s high tech facility serves patients up to age 21, including young athletes who have sustained sports related injuries or who are trying to improve their physical performance. The new institute features several state-of-the-art interventions, including a new EOS ultra-low-dose X-ray machine, one of only two in the region.
Read more about the facility in the Pittsburgh Business Times article: https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2017/05/16/first-look-ahns-pediatric-orthopaedic-institute.html
Open House Event at Pattee and Paterno Libraries
This week, Penn State’s University Libraries hosted an Open House event at the Pattee & Paterno Libraries. The event was filled with enthusiastic students who were very interested in learning about various services the libraries offer as well as plans for the next phase of renovations. WTW’s Larry Payne, Amy Maceyko and Jenna Glover attended the Open House to share preliminary design concepts and surveyed students on what program components and amenities they’d like to see in the proposed Collaboration Commons. #Library2020
PSU Reber E-Commons
Penn State’s newest collaboration space (the Reber E-Commons) for Penn State Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is open and busy with students on only the second day of the semester.
WTW's Summer Picnic
We had a perfect day for the annual WTW Family Summer Picnic. Great catering by Bistro To Go & Company an exciting yet rainy Pirates game at PNC Park! The night ended with a great performance by “Chicago”!
Thank you to the Post-Gazette for this great article and to all of you who have helped WTW over the years.
It’s great to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for our national university practice. None of this would be possible without the great work by our dedicated group of professionals.