University of Pittsburgh

Project Background

Reynolds Consulting Engineers was hired by the University of Pittsburgh to provide building commissioning services for two projects at its main campus.

Swanson School of Engineering, Benedum Hall

The Benedum Hall Upgrades and Deferred Maintenance project began as part of the University’s 12-year Facilities Plan. Benedum Hall consists of space for engineering research labs and offices, as well as computer classrooms, lounge, and conference space for engineering department students. The existing structure is a 12-story tower with approximately 24,000 square feet per floor. Phase 2A included the infrastructure requirements for the third, sixth, seventh, and eighth floors. This space is completed and is LEED registered. Phase 2B will upgrade commercial interior space for departmental areas, wet/dry research labs, and faculty and staff offices. The renovations will reduce energy usage by 17.5% and reduce water consumption by 30%.

Graduate School of Public Health

The Graduate School of Public Health includes infrastructure upgrades, space for offices (faculty and staff), support, and computer classrooms, lounge, and conference space for students. The existing structure is an eight-story tower with approximately 284,850 square feet. Phase 2 includes the infrastructure requirements for the Parran Hall portion of the facility and will upgrade commercial interior space for departmental areas, faculty, staff, and support. LEED certification is a project goal.

Project Specs

Solutions: Commissioning & Engineering

Construction Cost:  Benedum Hall: $39.9 million

Graduate School of Public Health: $53 million

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