New Spaces for Teaching, Learning and Living Debut on Pitt's Campuses

  • Global Hub space showing colorful walls and scree-dividers in a global art theme, stairwell and wooden desks and slatted wooden ceiling with students at tables, in charis
    At Posvar Hall, the vibrant new Global Hub has opened as a central location for exploring Pitt’s many opportunities for connecting the world to Pitt and Pitt to the world. (Photo courtesy of Strada Architecture LLC)
  • Professor gesturing toward whiteboard while teaching before a room of students sitting a long tables in a glass-walled classroom
    On Posvar Hall’s upper floors, spaces such as this updated economics classroom are part of a multiyear project to lighten and brighten the Brutalist-style building’s interior. The School of Education and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics are among the latest spaces to let the sun shine in as the transformation progresses. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Students walking through dining hall area while other students stand at a cafeteria-style serving area
    Market Central, Pitt’s main student dining area was updated over the summer. New this fall are more plant-based choices; “Mindful” dishes low in cholesterol, sodium and calories; and the Simple Servings station, where allergen-free meals — containing no milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts or gluten — are served on distinctive purple plates. (Tom Altany/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Blue and gold script-Pitt branded campus mail collection bins and larger, computerized mailboxes.
    Mailroom updates in Litchfield Towers reflect the need for more space for students to receive package deliveries. (Matt Sloan/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Soccer field with large script PItt wordmark in the foreground on the side of the field.
    The University’s new colors and markings shine on the new playing surface for men's and women's soccer programs at the Petersen Sports Complex. It’s the first field in the United States to feature Astroturf’s LigaTurf RS Pro II turf. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)
  • Two students sit with their backs to the camera, at desks, with computer monitors in front of them.
    Students can bring their own device or use Mac, Linux or Windows PCs in the updated student computer lab in Lawrence Hall. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)
  • Space with tables that seat two people, modern chairs, large video screen in front along with a model skeleton
    In the heart of the Oakland neighborhood’s innovation district, the first Pitt tenants are moving into the Murdoch Building, a new office and retail space at the corner of Forbes and Coltart avenues. The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Physician Assistant Studies Department has moved to a 12,860-square-foot space on the building’s 2nd floor. The suite includes 10 exam rooms and the clinical skills lab, pictured here, where students can practice physical examinations and clinical procedures such as IV placement, casting and surgical skills. (Natalie Baney/University of Pittsburgh)

From the athletic fields perched high on Pitt’s upper campus to the classrooms on the ground floor of the Cathedral of Learning, new spaces are welcoming the University of Pittsburgh community for the fall 2019 term.

On the regional campuses, Pitt-Greensburg’s McKenna Building was renovated to accommodate the campus’ growing Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and Pitt-Johnstown’s Chemical Engineering Building, dedicated in March, opened for the start of its first full academic year.

In addition, in June Pitt-Johnstown became the first Pennsylvania college or university to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, covered in full on UPJ's website.

Pictured in the slideshow above are just a few of the projects that have been underway this summer. For more about what’s new on the Pitt campus, see the University Times roundup of the most recent Facilities Management projects.