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April 27, 2017

$26.97 million in renovations okayed

The trustees property and facilities committee approved renovating five Pitt buildings at a total cost of $26.97 million.

The projects approved at the committee’s April 20 meeting were:

• Renovation of approximately 22,050 gross square feet of space on the first and fourth floors of Posvar Hall. The first-floor project will include the construction of three lecture halls and study space adjacent to them. The fourth-floor project will provide the Center for Urban Education with a more efficient floor plan, enhanced audiovisual systems, upgraded mechanical systems and energy-efficient lighting. The projects will cost $10.2 million.

• Remodeling of approximately 7,120 gross square feet of space on the fourth and fifth floors of Scaife Hall. The project will include the construction of a two-story window entrance, clearing of space for a new student lounge and replacing the escalator with a staircase to conserve energy. The project will cost $5.97 million.

• Renovation of approximately 20,000 gross square feet of space on the second floor of Victoria Hall. The project will create three simulation labs, a recording studio, a 20-bed skills lab, a telehealth lab and student study areas. Cost is $4.8 million.

• Replacement of Chevron Science Center’s electrical equipment. A main breaker and feeder breakers will be installed as will distribution wiring and panels. The project carries an estimated cost of $3.4 million.

• Renovation of approximately 7,900 gross square feet of space on the Cathedral of Learning’s 17th floor. The project will permit consolidation of Pitt’s financial operations onto one floor and provide more energy-efficient lighting and upgraded restrooms and lobby areas. The project is expected to cost $2.6 million.


The committee also approved a lease for the School of Medicine’s Aging Institute. The school will begin a five-year lease agreement on Sept. 1 for approximately 12,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the Bridgeside Point One Building. The space will be used for a laboratory and offices.

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