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  Alumni Hall, Lincoln ParkAlumni Hall, Lincoln Park


JC-Pierce LLC
360 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202

General Description

Location: Midland, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Feb 2011 Construction Period: May 2011 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: 29,027 Site: 1.2 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 16,144; second floor, 12,883; total, 29,027 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16'; second floor, 16', floor to floor, 16'; total, 36' 6".
Basic Construction Type: New/structural steel/2B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural, Mechanical, Electrical Engineer: Astorino - 227 Fort Pitt Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
General Contractor: Castlebrook Development Group - 428 Boulevard of the Allies, #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Civil Engineer: Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc. - 846 Fourth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Acoustics, Communications & Theater Consultants: Harvey Marshall Berling Associates - 1671 Park Road, #20, Ft. Wright, KY 41011

Since Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center first opened its doors in June, 2006, its mission has been to strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of the community, by making high-quality arts and education programs available, accessible, and affordable for everyone.

Through the creative opportunities it offers to students, to local residents, to Western Pennsylvania citizens, and to learners all over the world, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, in Midland, Penn., is committed to providing the highest-quality arts education opportunities possible. In addition, the Center’s innovative partnerships with such institutions as the Berklee College of Music, Kent State University, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra provide unique opportunities to its clients.

One of the Center’s partners is Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (LPPACS) is a community school that is redefining "community." LPPACS is a tuition-free public charter school. It offers world-class training for Pennsylvania students in music, theatre, dance, literary arts, media arts, and health science and the arts, along with a flexible and challenging academic program. LPPACS students can receive college-level arts and academic instruction while still in high school. The school serves 545 students in grades 7-12. All of these opportunities are provided in the state of the art Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, equipped with numerous amenities.

In 2009 the Center hired Castlebrook Development LLC and JC Pierce LLC to design and develop a new building to house a 400 seat dining/banquet facility, outdoor performance space, and music studios that become Alumni Hall. The site selected for the new dining facility and music building is across from the Center, located in the south corner of Lincoln Park, the epicenter of the small town. The site was occupied by a former limestone structure, housing a covered stage; the structure was demolished and the limestone will be repurposed in the construction of new folly banner totems to be erected throughout the campus and the park.

Programmatically, the building functions are divided vertically, with the dining/banquet hall food service facilities located on the first floor and the music studios located on the second floor. The first floor includes an entrance vestibule and lobby, full service commercial kitchen and food court, dining/banquet hall, restrooms, storage, coat room, and mechanical/electrical equipment. The grand stair and elevator to the second floor are accessed from the entrance vestibule. An elevated receiving area/loading dock services deliveries to the kitchen.

Students enter the first floor through the south entrance lobby, from the outdoor plaza along Tenth Street. Direct access into Alumni Hall occurs from the north entrance, from the park-side terraced entrance plaza, and from the outdoor performance space. The radiating design of the building floor plan is generated from the programmatic requirements of the building functions, and from the desire to address the green lawn space of Lincoln Park. The outdoor terraced performance space located on the north side of the building addresses the natural amphitheater created by the sloping lawn of Lincoln Park, and serves the needs of both the Center and the community. The masonry walls of the south facade contrast with the curved glass curtain wall of the north facade, providing the building’s inhabitants with an abundance of natural light, along with a year round view of the park from the first floor dining hall and from the second floor music rooms. The floor-to-floor height is sixteen feet, allowing for a coffered ceiling in the dining hall with radiating bulkheads. The ceiling heights and resulting roof heights of the second floor music department spaces vary by function and by acoustical design considerations.

The design team was challenged with engineering the vertical and horizontal acoustical separation between the building functions. Vertical isolation for the second floor is achieved through either a double concrete slab or Kinetics sound isolation pads, depending upon the finish floor material. Horizontal separation is achieved through sound attenuation insulation and Kinetics Isomax sound isolation clips in the partition construction, acoustical panel wall and ceiling treatments, and sound control door assemblies. Special consideration was also taken with design of the low velocity forced air HVAC system so as to minimize operational white noise, along with careful routing and sound attenuation insulating of the ductwork.

The building operates to satisfy two very different functions in food service as well as music education and performance, exceeding the client’s expectations through a unique building design. The building is the creation of a client with a great vision that appreciates and demands design excellence, a talented design team of architects and engineers that were able to translate that vision into reality, and a committed developer and team of contractors that executed their work with the highest quality and a tremendous amount of pride.

Product Information
Brick: The Belden Brick Company
Commercial Cladding: Citadel Architectural Products
Wall System: Senergy - BASF Wall System
Membrane Roofing: Carlise Syntec
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Glass: Guardian Insulation: Thermafiber
Interior: Fry Reglet, Armstrong, Chicago Metallic
Openings: Graham Wood Doors, Modernfold
Flooring: Shaw, Armstrong, Crossville
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp
Lighting: Sentry, Lithonia, Atlman, Gotham, Sentry, Phillips

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