51st Street Business Center

Client
Rubinoff
Year
N/A
Work
Architecture
Status
Completed
Scale
102,000 SF
Location
Pittsburgh, PA

Built on the site of a former steel mill in the Lawrenceville, this project consists of two speculative office/ warehouse “flex” buildings, one the mirror image of the other, separated by a large truck court. The buildings were designed to allow maximum flexibility in the leasing of space to several tenants. The design of the structural grid accommodates the division of the spaces into tenant suitable bays, each with an entrance door at the front and loading dock at the back. Due to a very limited construction budget, pre-cast concrete panels were selected by the owner as the preferred method to construct the buildings.

In addition, architectural detail on the panels was restricted by the panel manufacturer to the use of two decorative inset bands per panel, in order to stay within the anticipated budget. The panels at either end of the building were designed to run past the intersecting walls, to allow the rhythm of the panel spacing to be uninterrupted, as well as to reveal the simple structure of the building.