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  Shadyside Retail Building, Page 44Shadyside Retail Building 
Design 3 architecture, PC
220E Expo Mart, 105 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet:
Construction Period:
Jan 1999 to Jan 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: A. Martini & Company, Inc. - 320 Grant Street, Verona, PA 15147
Structural Engineer: Gipson  Engineering - P.O. Box 14539, Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Gipson  Engineering - P.O. Box 14539, Pittsburgh, PA 15239 
Cost Estimator: A. Martini & Company, Inc. - 320 Grant Street, Verona, PA 15147

The Shadyside Retail Building, a build to suit for Banana Republic is a new 3-story, steel frame retail shell building located on Walnut Street at Ivy Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Design 3 Architecture created a highly refined architectural shell on a very tight urban site. The site was formerly the site of a gas station; therefore environmental issues were a concern and had to be addressed. In addition, given the value of the real estate in this upscale retail neighborhood it was also important to maximize the efficient use of space. 
A curved building corner with a feature clock monument and curved entrance storefront addressed the street intersection as an anchoring node. This helped to create a landmark gateway to the business district along Walnut Street. The use of brick was felt to be important to maintain a contextual relationship with the other four buildings at the intersection. The Post-Deco lines and styling with crisp materials and detailing were utilized to create a sharp, clean look. The third floor was stepped back slightly, creating a belt course cornice helping the building better relate to the pedestrian scale of the street.
A comfortable retail environment below the street level was created with a tall basement with stringent waterproofing and subsurface venting and drainage. 
The project was done on a fast-track basis since the construction needed to start ahead of the completion of the construction documents. Extensive coordination of the project team was required with the proposed tenant fit-out design to facilitate an exact fit, without the need for modifications to the shell construction to accommodate the tenant work.

DIV 04: Granite: Cold Spring Granite; Brick: Glen-Gery.
DIV 07: Roof: Siplast; Insulation: Atlas. 
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefront: Vistawall.
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Accordion Fire Doors: Won-Door.
DIV 10: Clock: Electric Time.

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