Biotechnology Center

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Biotechnology Center University of Pittsburgh The University of Pittsburgh's Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center draws researchers from a broad spectrum of biomedical research programs and functions as a national center for genetic engineering and its allied research fields. Further, the Center provides a catalyst for additional private sector investment in research, development and manufacturing which adds vitality to Pittsburgh's regional economy.

The laboratory building itself is first facility in the Pittsburgh Technology Center. This new research park is comprised of land formerly occupied by the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company's Pittsburgh Works. Because this project was one of the first efforts to redevelop Pittsburgh's riverfront industrial sites for modern service-related use, it provided unique design opportunities and is a symbol of the city's economic diversification.

The 90,000 square foot Biotechnology Center consists of "generic" research laboratory space outfitted to the specifications of individual researchers as their research programs are funded. Thus, an exceptionally high degree of flexibility in the building's mechanical and electrical systems is provided to meet unanticipated as well as constantly changing future needs. Common support facilities such as administrative offices and an animal colony are also included.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was retained by the University under separate contract to provide design and documentation for laboratory fitout. This assignment required detailed programming and laboratory planning to meet each researcher's specific needs and requirements.


1993 Award for Excellence in Architectural Design
Pennsylvania Society of Architects
1993 Honor Award
AIA Pittsburgh
1993 Honor Award
Metal Construction Association Awards
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