The architecture moves from the edge of campus to a new center that interconnects all seven campus colleges and promotes an enhanced ecosystem of cross-campus collaboration bringing people, ideas, and resources together. The key in designing the new business school was its exterior masonry work, including brickwork that embraced historic areas on campus but with a twist in size and color.
Brick color would become one of the project's challenges, but the design team knew it was essential to get it right. Jeanne Chen, FAIA, principal at Moore Ruble Yudell, worked closely with us to make subtle adjustments to the bricks’ shale and clay content to produce more vivid golden custom hues than the standard campus buff. The resulting masonry work marries the historic brickwork on other buildings on campus while offering its unique design. The varying colors of brick on the exterior of the new building are patterned and warm, making the large structure beautiful and inviting.
The exterior consists of rectilinear volumes clad in a custom color blend of 21" Roman 470-479 Light Range Smooth, 870-874 Velour, and Goldenrod Ironspot, fired in our beehive kilns at Plant 4, counterpointed with glazed "void" elements syncopated and rotated to break up the visual mass. The building's contemporary expression respects the campus's historic buildings, which rely on buff-colored masonry. In response to Pittsburgh's frequently overcast skies, the design team customized a masonry mix that gives the Tepper Quad warmth even on the cloudiest day. Visual interest is achieved through the 3-D play of the brick and the glass areas, which breaks up the solid portions and allows for an “outside-in” feel as well as plenty of natural light.
The Tepper School of Business' modern design emphasizes open spaces and a place for planned spontaneity that energizes innovation and interconnected partnerships across campus. The attention to integrating it as a campus HUB helps connect everyone on campus by offering areas to gather, create, collaborate, and innovate.
Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Masonry Contractor: Franco Associates
Brick Distributor: R.I. Lampus Compan
Photography: Albert Večerka – ESTO, Carnegie Mellon University, Moore Ruble Yudell
2019 Brick in Architecture Award, Silver Winner: Educational (Higher Education)
2019 AIA Pittsburgh Design LARGE: Honor Award
2019 AIA|LA COTE AWARDS, Typology: Educational Citation Award
2019 American Architecture Award
LEED Gold, Awarded Gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design\