The University of Pittsburgh School for Social Work is one of the top ten schools in the United States. The project occupies floors 20, 21, 22 and 23 of the Cathedral of Learning tower. The renovation design by Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects provides three modern, flexible classrooms, a doctoral lounge and an adjacent student lounge offering maximum flexibility. The conference rooms and public spaces were strategically located near the gothic revival tracery windows to reintroduce natural light into the heart of the usable spaces. Demountable wall partitions assist with the project scheduling, project cost, phasing and ability to bring glass and transparency throughout the spaces.
The Cathedral of Learning was designed by architect, Charles Klauder in 1926. The 42-story Gothic Revival tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At 535 foot tall, it is the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere.