new granada square apartments & mixed-use : pittsburgh, pa
Client: CHN Housing Partners and Hill CDC
The project redevelops fifteen adjoining vacant lots to create a mixed-use anchor for a new cultural corridor in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District neighborhood. The design re-establishes urban fabric and density as envisioned in the HCDC’s Master Plan. Introducing 40 new families and street level commercial to this neighborhood will help reinvigorate this once lively heart of the African American community and culture in Pittsburgh.
community focused features & amenities create a dynamic presence
- The building’s scale, form, and materials create a dramatic presence, to establish the new cultural corridor and re-establish the streetfront. Exterior cladding of brick, cast stone, fiber cement and corrugated metal panels give a distinctly urban feel to the project.
- The project aims to attract artists to bring back the cultural vibrancy of the area. PWWG worked with a renowned artist and gallery owner from the neighborhood to develop vibrant color patterning for the facade that references traditional African American quilts.
- Design encourages engaging with other residents and visitors. The Community Room was designed to be used as a workshop for artists residing in the building while providing flexibility for small and large group general activities fully visible from busy Centre Avenue.
- Each unit has laundry facilities and a utility sink, supporting artist/residents who need a more robust space for working with art supplies.
- Designed for Energy Savings: Enterprise Green Communities certification; Energy Star for Homes.
- Funding Agencies: PHFA LIHTC, 9%; URA Housing Opportunity Fund
40 affordable apartments and street level commercial
Coordinated All Consultants
Enterprise Green Communities
Energy Star for Homes
Associate Architect for On-site Construction Administration
Milton Ogot Architects
Karpinski Engineering, Inc.
Taylor Structural Engineers, Inc.