fifth & clyde residence hall and neighborhood commons : carnegie mellon university, pittsburgh, pa

a place to gather, commune, relax or study

Client: Carnegie Mellon University

As Architect of Record with LTL Architects (NYC), PWWG coordinated production from design through contract administration for this new six-story residence hall for 264 undergraduates, that strives to create a sense of community through design while supporting holistic living, learning, and play. Within the larger urban campus community, the building holds a prominent location on Fifth Avenue and introduces a 5,000-square-foot academic community space, separate from the residence hall. Within the commons, students can come together in play, relaxation, and gathering with spaces for solo music or group play in the jam room, a wellness/dance room, hammocks, and spaces designed to surround a central hearth.

Within the residence hall, each hallway community was deliberately designed, and each has access to a communal space that consists of upper-story kitchenettes connected to lounge spaces below to allow the students to expand their hallway community. The first-floor residence hall lounge and the large communal kitchen on the first floor allow larger student groups to gather and connect.


100,682 sf

Construction Cost

$ 36,000,000

Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date





2023 AIA Pittsburgh / Certificate of Merit Award - Large Architecture

2022 Interior Design Magazine / Best of Year Award Higher Education Honoree

2022 Master Builders' Association of Western PA Excellence in Craftsmanship - Interior


Design Architect

LTL Architects

Landscape Architect

Merritt Chase

MEP Engineering

ME Engineers

Security / Technology / AV

ME Engineers

Structural Engineering


Civil Engineering


Lighting Designer

Lumen Architecture



LEED Consultant


Commissioning Agent

Branch Pattern

Construction Manager

Rycon Construction


Ed Massery

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