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LEED® Silver

dggP Architecture
2325 East Carson Street, #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DATE BID: Dec 2004
Construction Period: Jan 2005 to Dec 2005
Total Square Feet: 14,369 SITE: 0.204 acre. 
Number of Buildings: One. 
Building Size: Basement level parking, 4,702; basement, 1,895; first floor, 6,610; second floor, 5,864; total, 14,369 square feet (excluding parking). 
Building Height: Basement, 9’; first floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; total, 37’. 
Basic Construction Type: Steel Frame/New. 
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal siding/panels. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Carpet, linoleum. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Konefal & Company - 501 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Sota Construction Services - 80 Union Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: BDA Engineering, Inc. - 19 35th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANT: The Sextant Group, Inc. - 730 River Avenue, #600, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

WYEP FM is a member-supported, non-profit community broadcasting corporation in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania providing music, news, and public affairs programming to its listeners. Their new home, a 14,400 square foot, two-story building, was constructed adjacent to the historic Market House on Bedford Square in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood.

The building is located in a Historic District bordering a strip of old industrial buildings that are situated along the Monongahela River. The challenge faced in moderating between its relationships with these historic and industrial contexts helped to establish the language and materiality of the building's facades. The volumes of interior program spaces (such as the administrative or programming zones) correspond with the exterior volumes of material, weaving and interlocking these disparate materials into a cohesive building form. In addition to addressing contextual relationships, each side of the building is articulated in response to its specific solar orientation.

The design process for this project required dggp Architecture to work closely with a non-profit organization to address an ambitious undertaking that possessed complicated technical and acoustical requirements, a sustainable agenda, and a limited budget. dggp also worked with several other constituent groups on this project, from a local neighborhood design review committee, to the City of Pittsburgh's Historic Review Commission, responding to the desires of each while balancing them with the client's sustainable agenda and performance and aesthetic criteria.

Program spaces for the facility include open office space for the station's administrative, marketing, and programming staff, on-air studios, recording studios, and a two-story performance space that seats up to 100 people. By taking advantage of the sloping site, parking for 15 vehicles is provided directly under the building.

The radio studios and broadcast support spaces are placed in the center of the building, allowing all workstations and regularly-occupied spaces to be located at the perimeter and have direct access to natural light and ventilation. The double-height performance space is designed for both live shows and radio broadcasts, and has the technical flexibility to support a multitude of recording and broadcasting scenarios. The primary entrance façade on the square presents a public face for the radio station, with a civic scale appropriate to its role as a public service institution. The on-air, recording, and performance spaces for the facility feature custom-designed acoustic isolation and room acoustic control systems.

The project is designed for maximum performance relative to its building envelope, mechanical systems, use of daylighting, and materials selection for recycled content and low environmental impact. The building incorporates several sustainable features into its design, including a thermally-uncoupled wall system, work areas with direct access of to natural light and ventilation, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and extensive use of recycled construction materials and finishes. This project achieved a Silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® rating system.  

DIV. 4: Brick: Boral.
DIV. 7: Metal Siding & Panels: Flexospan; Membrane Roofing: Genflex. 
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts: United States Aluminum; Windows: Keystone Industries. 
DIV. 9: Carpet: Interface; Linoleum: Forbo. 
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia.

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