Carnegie Mellon University: Doherty Hall Phase II

Carnegie Mellon University: Doherty Hall Phase II

Project Information

USGBC Project ID: 10034321

Project Type: University


5000 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Project Details

Completion Date: 2007

Building Size (sq. ft.): 91,200

Doherty Hall was built in the early 1900s by Henry Hornbostel, and expanded in the 1940s.  One main goal of the new interior remodel was to ensure safety throughout the building.  A 20,000 sq. ft. addition to the existing building was constructed to include a new fire stair, elevator shaft, epistitial bay, mechanical rooms, and garden roof.  A new state-of-the-art, high-performance, low-energy design laboratory that maximizes opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration was also a main goal of the project.  Five large, opened labs now are incorporated in the building.


2009 Historic Review Comission's Preservation Award

LEED Green Building Features

Sustainable Sites

A 5,000 square foot concrete- framed green roof tray system, using water from the buildings downspout to replenish its green life.

Indoor Environmental Quality

The Lab 21 registred project uses true VAV fume hood systems with hoods that require less air movement. Large supple and exhaust ducts were installed to ensure proper ventilation. The buildings has abundant windows to take advantage of natural lighting, as well as an edistitial bay to provide indirect lighting into the labs.

Innovation in Design

Systems were designed to accommodate the existing historic architecture, including the sloping floor, elevations, and signature facades to inhance the open floor lay out.


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