Tepper Quad-Campus Design and Facility Development - Carnegie Mellon University

Project Overview

The David A. Tepper Quadrangle represents a new academic vision at Carnegie Mellon aimed at interconnecting research, curricula and initiatives from across the campus' world-class schools and colleges.  The 4.5-acre site will be the centerpiece of the University's new north campus and its initial project will be the new campus gateway and home for the Tepper School of Business.

The ever-increasing complexity of organizations and the global marketplace requires new approaches that extend well beyond the traditional boundaries of a single discipline.  The Tepper Quad and the new business school building are the foundation of a new academic model that unites Carnegie Mellon's deep foundations in research, teaching and learning among its business, technology, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts programs.

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The Tepper Quad will be a catalyst for campus-wide collaboration by removing physical constraints and broadening capacity for innovation.  It will build upon the business school's global reputation for rigorous, path-breaking research that impacts business and society.  Likewise, the new Tepper Quad continues the business school's tradition of preparing students for leadership roles within complex business environments via a mastery of leadership and analytics.

Early Design Development Models:

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Later Design Development Renderings:

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Project Description

The Tepper Quad Project consists of a new 315,000 square feet state of the art building that will house the Tepper School of Business, a University Welcome Center, Multi use HUB/Forum, 600 seat flat floor auditorium and a Fitness Center. There will also be a Cafe and Coffee Bar. There will be specialized areas designed for programs such as the Entrepreneurship Center and the TEL Center (Technology Enhances Learning). There will be 24,000 net square fee of Shell Space for future use. The project also includes a 127 space parking garage under the building, 287 surface spaces in the remaining Morewood surface lot, landscaping and site utility infrastructure.

Atrium entry Faculty Neighborhood

Aside from the innovative learning and teaching going on within the spaces, the building itself is very distinctive. Structurally, the floor slabs are constructed using a voided slab methodology. The construction is comprised of approximately 219,000 hollow plastic balls, made from recycled plastic from kayaks, sandwiched between the two reinforcing steel mats within the concrete slab. This process eliminates excess, heavy concrete that is not required in transferring loads across floor plates. This technology allows for longer structural spans, reducing the amount of beams and columns. During the design, there has been a large amount of emphasis on the building occupants and their experience with the building. The design provides open spaces full of light and airiness. This project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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Project construction is well underway and the underground garage level through Level 5 slabs have been poured. Roof slabs pours are underway currently and all concrete placement will be completed in May 2017. The building enclosure framing has begun. Masonry to begin at the end of May 2017 and curtainwall to follow soon after. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete at the end of April 2018. Quad landscaping will continue throughout the summe of 2018. Move in will also be through summer 2018 with final occupancy in August 2018.

"The Planning and design of the new David A. Tepper School of Business creates a place of confluence and interconnectedness.  The city of Pittsburgh itself has its origin at the confluence of rivers, which brought people, ideas and resources together.  This supported dynamic exchange leading to a community of innovation.  The new Tepper School of Business is located at a focal point on campus, and at the intersection of campus and city.  The building is designed to enhance the coming together of a diverse community, to encourage interaction, and to spark innovation." -MRY Architects

Team Members

Campus Design & Facility Development will be working in coordination with the following companies to execute this project smoothly.

    PJ Dick, Pittsburgh, PA
        - Construction Manager
    Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Santa Monica, CA
        - Executive & Design Architect
    Rennaissance 3 Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
        - Associate Architect
    Buro Happold, Los Angeles, CA
        - MEP, Structural, and SUstainability Engineer
    Langan, Canonsburg, PA
        - Civil Engineer
    Acentech, Cambridge, MA
        - Acoustical and AV Designer

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