Two Doughboy Square, the former Pennsylvania National Bank Building, has been the home to Desmone since 1993. When Desmone relocated its offices to the Lawrenceville neighborhood, at a time it had fallen into an economic depression as a result of manufacturing decline. Slated for demolition, Desmone renovated and then occupied the historic Pennsylvania National Bank building (erected 1902) while partnering with local economic development corporations to assist in the revival of the surrounding community. Nearly 30 years later, Lawrenceville has rebounded into a thriving cultural, economic, and inclusive neighborhood. After outgrowing the original 7,500 square foot headquarters, as a result of growth, Desmone planned a 15,000 SF office addition and renovation to the historic bank building. The progress of the Lawrenceville neighborhood, and Desmone’s commitment to design that helps people thrive, made the pursuit of WELL Gold Certification was a natural fit. The Desmone’s office location in Pittsburgh embodies the region’s ability to remake and revitalize itself.
Two Doughboy Square is the first WELL Certified Gold building in Pittsburgh and one of just six WELL Certified spaces in Pennsylvania.
Created through seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, the WELL Building Standard is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. Two Doughboy Square earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance — Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.
Desmone Architects completed dozens of upgrades as part of its WELL Certification. It overflows with life and light, which is regulated to harmonize with the circadian rhythms and natural daylight. Hundreds of plants decorate every part of the building. Special design features eliminate overflow noise from inside and out. Unseen, advanced filtration systems deliver high-quality air and water – their status monitored constantly. Pittsburgh artist Baron Batch painted the mural that connects newly constructed space with the original structure.