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 265 undergraduates, supporting holistic living, learning, and play. The project introduces a 5,000-square-foot community space for the Fifth Avenue neighborhood — referred to as the Fifth Avenue Neighborhood Commons — which includes rooms for students to practice their next concert with a dedicated music space and jam room, wellness/dance room with spring-loaded flooring, study nooks and a multipurpose room.

Skillful horizontal & vertical layout creates communities at multiple scales: 1) The Neighborhood includes student rooms, central kitchens, and multipurpose spaces, plus the Commons and lush courtyard, for residents & the campus; 2) Hallways in the Residential Hall create smaller communities, drawn together at corners in common lounges & kitchens, with bay windows & expansive views; 3) Stairs connect corner social spaces to integrate communities from other floors.

The project is tracking LEED Gold certification.


100,682 sf

Construction Cost

$ 36,000,000

Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date



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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