PJ Dick's Gates and Hillman Centers project honored with Building Excellence Award


PJ Dick was awarded a Building Excellence Award for “Best New Construction Over $10 Million” from the Master Builders’ Association (the Western Pennsylvania chapter of Associated General Contractors of America) for Carnegie Mellon University’s Gates and Hillman Centers. This is a top honor in the Pittsburgh construction industry and the event attracts over 800 construction professionals.

PJ Dick was awarded Construction Management at Risk services through a private interview process conducted by the University. The two-structure, 209,000 square foot facility sits on a 5.6 acre site on the West Campus and includes 318 offices as well as labs, computer clusters, lecture halls, classrooms and a 250-seat auditorium, all housed above a two level parking garage and CMU’s nationally known Robotics Department offices and labs.

The Hillman Center, the smaller of the two buildings, is dedicated to research. This four-story structure, shaped like a trapezoid, features a glass-enclosed entry lobby with pedestrian bridges that offer fantastic views of the winter garden through the floor to ceiling curtainwall glass and connect to the larger multi-faceted, nine-story companion building.

The buildings are organized around an outdoor winter garden. Pedestrian pathways, benches, trees, shrubbery and the landscaping help to create a West Campus Quadrangle.

Other features and amenities include several common or collaborative areas; a building form that takes advantage of the variety of views to and from the site; the generous use of glass to bring natural light to all of the individual offices and collective spaces as well as numerous other green features; varying architectural floor plates which create many interesting building overhangs and exterior terrace and green roof areas; and an underground parking garage for 150 vehicles.

From day one, this project presented itself as one of the most innovative projects in our region. From the intriguing design to the unique concepts of collaboration, the new School for Computer Sciences was setting new standards in institutional construction. The project was also awarded LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council.

This marked PJ Dick’s third completed project for Carnegie Mellon University in recent years and we value our relationship with the university.

Below, you can watch a video highlighting some of the project challenges and take a peak inside the structure.