Carnegie Mellon University

TCS Hall

TCS Hall is a new 90,000 square foot building that is the first major construction across Junction Hollow from the main Carnegie Mellon University campus.   The main occupant of the new building is the School of Computer Science Institute for Software research.  The building will also house the MSCF program and the Center for Business Engagement.  Other features include a ground floor parking garage, two story lobby, classrooms, makerspace and offices.   Exterior features of the building include an expansive open courtyard and rain garden.   The SCS space features large windows with communicating stairs that connects their suite across multiple floors.  The 5th floor of the building is occupied by the Pittsburgh office of TCS Paceport.  This space is to be used for academic collaboration between CMU and TCS.

TCS Exterior Side View

 Sustainable Sites

  • TCS Hall was constructed on the site of an old gas station. The project reclaimed this site by removing the impacted material and transforming this parcel to an outdoor courtyard and gathering space. 
  • The location along Forbes Avenue promotes the use of alternate transportation such as public transportation and bicycle.
  • Dedicated secure bike parking is provided in the parking garage along with a shower to encourage bicycle commuting.
  • The site design also continued CMU's efforts to transform Forbes Avenue to a 'complete streets design' by continuing the design strategies initiated on the Tepper Quad project.
TCS Hall exterior at night

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Overall, the building uses 32% less energy than a conventional building of similar size and use (calculated by energy cost).
  • All energy use is offset by the purchase renewable energy credits across the University.
  • The building systems went through an enhanced commissioning process to ensure optimal performance from the building mechanical and ventilation systems.
TCS Interior stairs

Materials

  • Waste created during the construction of the building was either recycled or salvaged diverting 75% of the construction waste from the landfill.
  • 28% of construction materials were sourced locally reducing the carbon footprint of the building construction.
  • Materials used in the building were carefully selected to feature materials that utilize recycled content. 30% of building materials include pre and/or postconsumer recycled content.
TCS interior by windows

Healthy Interiors

  • Individual 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 materials and 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: 

Mascaro Construction Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA - Construction Manager
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA - Design Architect
Buro Happold, Pittsburgh, PA - MEP, Structural, and Fire Protection Engineer
Atlantic Engineering Services, Pittsburgh, PA – Structural Engineer
Langan, Canonsburg, PA - Civil Engineer