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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
September 8, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Selects Award-Winning Architecture Firm for Gates Center and West Campus Improvements

PITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University has hired Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects to design the Gates Center for Computer Science, a new campus building that will support education, research and collaboration in computer science.

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects has received six national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Awards for Excellence. The principals of the firm received the 1995 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.

The firm is responsible for the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University, the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at Clemson University, the Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College and a music library at the University of California at Berkeley.

The selection was based on an interview and previous work, rather than a particular design for the site. A committee consisting of representatives from the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees, the School of Computer Science, the School of Architecture and campus administrators selected the firm.

The Gates Center for Computer Science, made possible by a $20 million lead gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will enable the university to broaden its leadership in computer science by providing more space to nurture important new and ongoing endeavors. Work on the Gates Center will be part of a larger project to renovate the university's west campus. That project includes replacing surface parking with underground parking, creating new green spaces and adding new campus pathways.


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