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”!
Deana's Adventure Update
Congrats to WTW’s Deana Chiusano who successfully summited Mt. Fuji!
Deana and her sister were selected to participate in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma an amazing opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji organized by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). These photos capture just a glimpse of this great adventure.
Community LIFE Open House
Senior Principal Rich Bamburak and Project Architect Maria Kyriacopoulos of WTW joined Pamela Weber, Director of Operations, Hailey Juliano, RN, MSN, MHA, Center Administrator, and Richard DiTommaso, Executive Director at the open house for Community LIFE’s newest facility in McKeesport on June 29. The facility supports Community LIFE’s mission of providing seniors with expert geriatric care in an uplifting and caring environment.
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.
Spencer Family YMCA Grand Opening
The Spencer Family YMCA fitness center in Bethel Park, PA celebrated it’s Grand Opening earlier this month. This amazing transformation of a former ice rink into a first class fitness and community center in the Bethel Park community was designed by WTW.
UMPC Altoona’s Logan Medical Center Grand Opening
Integrating advanced outpatient services and patient convenience, Logan Medical Center in Blair County, Pennsylvania provides primary care and diagnostic services to the communities in the Altoona region. The 90,000 square-foot facility encompasses pediatric services, a family practice, an asthma and allergy clinic, ear-nose-throat and orthopedics specialists.
Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program
Join us in supporting Deana’s battle for health and her climb to the top! Deana and her sister have been selected to participate in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). The MMRF will be climbing Mt. Fuji in July. Please consider making a donation to support Deana and the continued research of this life saving foundation.
Homewood YMCA tree planting event was a great success!
The WTW tree planting event at the Homewood YMCA was a great success! Miraculously, the rain managed to hold off during the time we were there. A very special Thank You to Heather, Andy, Max, Dan, Jenna, Maria and Rich for donating your time and effort to making a difference in the Homewood community. WTW was pleased to sponsor this wonderful event! Homewood-Brushton YMCA
Congratulations Mike! It's official, he is now a Registered Architect in PA.
WTW is pleased to announce that Michael H. Haugh Jr. has completed his A.R.E.’s and is now a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania. Michael has been with WTW for the past two years. We at WTW are very proud of his dedication to completing his testing and congratulate him on this important accomplishment.
AIA Pittsburgh 2017 Session - 3 Crossings Development: Transformative Design in Pittsburgh’s Iconic Strip District.
WTW Senior Principal Rich Bamburak participated in a panel discussion at AIA Pittsburgh 2017 entitled “3 Crossings Development: Transformative Design in Pittsburgh’s Iconic Strip District.”
Joe Chaffin of Michael Baker International moderated the panel that also included Ben Kelley, Oxford Development Company; Andrea Lavin Kossis, City of Pittsburgh; and Michael Lee, Strip District Neighbors. The presentation centered around the opportunities and challenges of this $210 million, 20-acre mixed-use development.
AIA Pittsburgh 2017 Session - Gender Matters in Architecture.
Senior Principal Larry Payne co-presenting and hosting a roundtable discussion entitled: Gender Matters in Architecture at the Build Pittsburgh event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The session began with a brief presentation to initiate a roundtable discussion with architects and code officials on strategies for creating inclusive toilet, shower, and locker rooms facilities.
"WTW wins the ACUI Facility Design Award of Excellence for the Student Center at Wayne State University "
WTW Architects was selected to receive a 2017 ACUI Facility Design Award of Excellence for the Student Center at Wayne State University. Accepting the award was Senior Principal, Paul Knell along with Andrea Anderson Gerber of Wayne State and members of her staff.
Paul noted, “The best thing about the design profession is the opportunity to work with great people. WTW’s successful collaboration with WSU was accomplished with an outstanding team of individuals, all dedicated to design excellence. We are proud that this ACUI Design Award marks our thirteenth such award since 2004. Thanks again to Wayne State for being such a great partner on this exciting and successful project.”
Page 104 of the link below connects to the Wayne State Student Center article in the 2016 special edition of CAM magazine.
WTW served as design architect with our local partner Newmann/Smith.