Carnegie Mellon University

Forbes Beeler Residence Hall

The  114,000 s.f.  Forbes Beeler residence hall is located at the prominent intersection of Forbes Avenue and Beeler Street, marking an important east entrance to CMU’s campus. This residence hall aims to create a comfortable home for 266 undergraduate students, elevate the campus’s public experience from the east, and create new amenities accessible to the entire campus. The building’s position on the University’s campus places it on a well-traveled pedestrian circulation route to neighborhoods east of the site.  Encouraging connection, a neighborhood market at the corner of Forbes and Beeler will be accessible to the broader community.

Forbes Beeler Plaza Exterior Rendering

These apartment-style residences are set back from the street for privacy, creating a quiet, comfortable environment for relaxation, wellness, and sleep. Each apartment shares amenities for the student residents in the form of a front porch, lounges, study rooms, and game rooms.  Natural sunlight, visual connection to the outdoors,  and red list free finishes enhance the student experience.  This building is targeting Leed Gold certification.

Forbes Beeler Rendering Exterior South

Sustainable Sites

  • In order to build this building, a 1950’s building apartment building was abated and demolished.
  • Following the Streetscape established at the Tepper Quad, this project adds stormwater landscape buffers between Forbes Avenue and the sidewalk to buffer pedestrians from vehicle traffic.
  • Dedicated secure bike parking is provided in the parking garage, along with a shower to encourage bicycle commuting.
Forbes Beeler Media Room Rendering

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Overall, the building uses 23% less energy than a conventional building of the similar size and use (calculated by energy cost).
  • All energy use is offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits across the University.
  • The building design utilizes passive elements such as efficient exterior envelope and glazing and exterior solar shading.
Forbes Beeler Lounge

Materials

  • As part of the demolition process of the existing building, CMU donated over 4000 items such as doors, light fixtures, furniture, appliances, and casework for reuse to a variety of local nonprofit organizations
  • The waste diversion goal for the project is to achieve 90%
  • Locally construction materials are sourced to reduce the carbon footprint of the building construction.
Forbes Beeler Lounge Entry

Healthy Interiors

  • Occupant control of space temperatures allows users to adjust interior temperature to ensure thermal comfort.
  • CO2 sensors trigger an automated system to cycle fresh air into the building.
  • A healthy environment is maintained through the use of low VOC and redlist free finishes, a green cleaning program, and comprehensive indoor air quality management.

Team Members

Campus Design and Facility Development worked in conjunction with the following organizations to complete the project: 

Mosites Construction, Pittsburgh, PA - Construction Manager
Goody Clancy  Boston, Ma - Design Architect, Architect of Record
IKM Inc, Pittsburgh, Pa – Local Architect
Arup, Boston, Ma - MEP, Structural, and Fire Protection Engineer
Langan, Canonsburg, PA - Civil Engineer