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August 18, 2016

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Hamburg Hall Phase II Project Earns LEED Gold Certification

LEED GoldPhase II of the Hamburg Hall renovation project has earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of sustainable and energy-efficient materials and systems.

Phase II featured a new 150-seat auditorium-style classroom in the former parking lot between Smith and Hamburg halls and the transformation of Hamburg Hall 1000 into a grand entrance and lobby. The lobby connects to the new classroom that is modeled after Rashid Auditorium in the Hillman Center.

Phase II also included construction of an ADA-compliant entrance to Hamburg Hall from Forbes Avenue and an upgrade of existing infrastructure to meet current building codes.

The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED status in four levels — platinum, gold, silver and certified — based on the number of points a project earns across several areas addressing sustainability issues.

Parking Assignments Now Available; Pick Up Your Permit

Parking assignments for 2016-17 are now available at

Permit holders can pick up their permits today and tomorrow (Aug. 18-19) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the lower level of the Cohon University Center, next to FedEx/Kinkos. Your Carnegie Mellon ID is required to pick up your parking permit.

Parking permits also may be picked up at the Parking and Transportation Services Office on the lower level of the Cohon Center during normal business hours any time prior to Aug. 31. Permits that are not picked up by Aug. 31 will be considered unclaimed and will be cancelled and removed from the database.

Questions? Send email to or call 412-268-2052 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Electric Car Lot Closed for Construction of TCS Building

The Electric Car Garage lot at 4621 Forbes Avenue has closed to begin preparations for construction of the new Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Building. Electric car charging stations are being moved as follows:

  • Two stations will be on the third level of the Dithridge Street Garage;
  • Five will be in the ungated parking area on the bottom level of the CIC Garage; and
  • Two will be on the first level of the East Campus Garage.

Relocation of the charging stations will be completed by this Saturday, Aug. 20.

A construction fence will be installed closing the site to vehicles and pedestrian through traffic.

For any questions contact Ed Hydzik, or Nicole Graycar,

Staff Council Offers Discounted Tickets to Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Staff Council is offering discounted tickets to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, Aug. 20 – Sept. 25 (weekends only including Labor Day) in West Newton, Pa. The festival takes you on a magical tour through time and legend. As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the festival, you will revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legges, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods and much more. You'll meet all kinds, from jousters to jugglers to minstrels to maidens faire, all schooled in the art of interactive theater!

Find out more.

Register Your Child for the Gelfand Center's Fall Saturday Series

Classes in the Gelfand Center's Saturday Series for K-12 students are developed by CMU faculty and staff to be fun, engaging, rigorous and hands-on. Students are grouped in three divisions: primary division (grades K-2), middle division (grades 3-8) and an upper division (grades 9-12). Classes are STEM focused and highlight the research and work of faculty, staff and students. Register today.

Craig Street Crawl Returns Saturday, Aug. 27

To celebrate the new academic year, Carnegie Mellon will once again host the Craig Street Crawl from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 on Craig Street between Forbes and Fifth avenues.

Join the block party and explore CMU’s nearest off-campus restaurants and shops. The party will include live music and dancing, balloon artists, food samples, air brush tattoos, photos with CMU’s Scotty Dog mascot and free giveaways.

The event is for the entire CMU community, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, friends and families.

2016-17 Wall Calendars Now Available at the University Store

The 2016-17 official Carnegie Mellon wall calendars are now available for purchase in the University Store at a cost of $2.09. For quantities under 50, visit the lower level of the store to place your order. Bulk orders of 50 or more can be delivered on campus or sent via campus mail. If you are located off-campus, there will be an additional charge for a mailing tube.

Wall CalendarTo place a bulk order, copy and complete the order form below and send it to Please coordinate with your department before placing an order, to determine if a bulk order is being placed.

BULK ORDER FORM (for orders of 50 or more)

1) Your Name:
2) Department Name:
3) Campus Address:
4) Phone Number:
5) Oracle String:

Contact Amy Daly with questions at