Biotechnology Center

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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“…this is a skilled manipulation of materials and forms in the service of the plan. The stair corner is particularly striking. The lobby space is well-crafted. It is spatially dynamic, well-detailed and seems to have a spectacular view back to the city.”
AIA Pittsburgh Jury



Located on the banks of the Monongahela River, the Pittsburgh Technology Center was a project of the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority launched to recover a brownfield site left vacant by the removal of an immense integrated steel mill.

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 Biotechnology Center itself consists of “generic” research laboratory space outfitted to the specifications of individual researchers as their research programs were 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 a vivarium are also included.

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

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University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh


Award for Excellence in Architectural Design
Honor Award
Honor Award