union trust building : pittsburgh, pa

neglected icon to amenity-rich commercial center

Client: The Davis Companies

The Flemish-gothic-style structure ranks among the city’s most architecturally significant buildings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In recent years the building was largely unoccupied. PWWG partnered with Elkus Manfredi Architects for this restoration of the landmark’s ornate exterior and interior. The project transformed Union Trust into a Class-A, LEED-certified center of high-tech innovation, collaborative co-working, and entrepreneurship in the city’s burgeoning downtown, with 40,000 sf of ground-floor retail and restaurant space open to the public.


517,000 sf

Construction Cost


Firm Responsibility

Forensic Investigation
Architectural Design, including Structural Changes
Parking Garage Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date



LEED Silver


ULI Pittsburgh Placemaking Award — Excellence as a “Transformative Place”

AIA Pittsburgh, Preservation Award of Merit


Design Architect

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Exterior Restoration Architect

Wessling Architects

MEP Engineering

CJL Engineering

Structural Engineering

Atlantic Engineering Services


Mascaro Construction Co., L.P.

Exterior Restoration Contractor

Franco Associates

Historic Tax Credit Consulting

Heritage Consulting Group


Andrew Bordwin Studio, Inc.


Jim Judkis Photography

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