FAQ's-Campus Design and Facility Development - Carnegie Mellon University


Q:  When will construction begin, and when will the building finish?

A:  Certain site exploration activities started in March 2012.  Cleanroom construction will be completed summer 2016. North Wing 6th, 5th, 4th, and 3rd floors office spaces are occupied; labs, cafe, and project public spaces will be occupied by April 2016. Hamerschlag Drive will be opened to public tentatively May 2016.

Q:  Will noise from construction affect the occupants of the surrounding buildings?

A:  CDFD and the construction firm will do our best to schedule outside of class times.  We will try to utilize early mornings, nights, and weekends as much as possible so that we do not disturb the occupants.  However, there may be some compromises to the scheduling hours.

Q:  What work will be done on the interior of the surrounding buildings?

A:  We plan to create new connections with existing buildings on the site.  We will need to create openings and reorganize some spaces to create proper circulation and egress paths.  This work will be done with regard to the occupants’ schedule.  We aim to utilize early mornings, nights, and weekends as frequently as possible so we keep the disturbance to a minimum.  However, we may need to access certain areas through the day, in which the occupants would be informed in advance.  Please see the connections outlined on the floor plan.

Q:  Will Roberts Drive be maintained during construction?

A:  Yes, access to Roberts drive will be maintained.  As construction proceeds, access will be limited to necessary CMU Facility vehicles, specialized and approved deliveries, authorized construction vehicles, and emergency vehicles only.  This is due to safety and space requirements.  Access to Gates Garage will be maintained via CIC and FMS Drive.

Q:  What will the program be in the new building, and what amenities will be available?

A:  The NBET Building will offer wet and dry laboratories, office space, group collaborations spaces, conference rooms, classrooms, a cafe, and a 10,000 square foot cleanroom.  This building will become a new hub for CIT with many learning and social spaces for the occupants to enjoy.

Q:  What is the North Wing and Courtyard?

A:  The building will be comprised of two unique components, the North Wing and the Courtyard.  The North Wing will be an elevated multi-story structure built on the hillside between Wean and Roberts while the Courtyard area will be constructed in the service space between Wean, Porter, and Hamerschlag Halls.  The courtyard will incorporate a green roof which will extend the historic Mall to the North Wing.