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See some of the major renovations on campus

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Remodeling across the Pittsburgh campus has brightened buildings, improved safety and modernized building infrastructure. Check out photos of the key capital projects.

Cathedral of Learning

The Cathedral of Learning received new HVAC, new lighting and other fixtures in the Commons Room and the ground floor corridor. On the ground, second and third floors, restrooms also received new fixtures, finishes and air conditioning.

Bigelow Boulevard

Bigelow Boulevard — a key campus throughway and bridge between the William Pitt Union and the Cathedral of Learning — reopened in December. Upgrades to both Bigelow Boulevard and the William Pitt Union grounds have improved safety, traffic flow, accessibility, connectivity and more. The food court and Tansky Lounge in the William Pitt Union also underwent upgrades, including lighting, finishes and equipment.

Hillman Library

Following the completion of phase two of the Hillman Reinvention project, the ground, third and fourth floors Hillman Library are now open. As part of phase three renovations, the first and second floors are currently closed. The third floor now contains larger exhibition space and new reading and educational rooms, while the fourth floor now includes new study spaces, a computer bar and improved lighting. Other future additions include an accessibility ramp connecting the first-floor plaza to the Forbes Avenue sidewalk. Also, three new bus shelters were constructed outside of the library.

Posvar Hall

The University remodeled classrooms and offices in the Department of Africana Studies located in Posvar Hall, as well as a new suite for the Master of Quantitative Economics program.

Salk Hall

The renovation of the 80-year-old building will finish in October. The entire building infrastructure was removed and replaced, including electrical and plumbing and new structures to house central HVAC units. The building has also been outfitted with new windows and roofs and an atrium with stairs, new equipment for laboratories, and remodeled offices and classrooms.

Additional projects

Within the University's Campus Master Plan, additional projects in progress include Alan Magee Scaife Hall renovations and expansion, plus a new state-of-the-art Wellness and Recreation Center. Regional campus projects breaking ground include the new Life Sciences Building at Pitt-Greensburg and Engineering and Information Technologies Building at Pitt-Bradford.

Learn more about campus construction on the facilities management website.


Tips for pedestrians near construction zones

If you’re walking near areas undergoing renovations, the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management has this advice for pedestrians:

  • Stay vigilant whenever you are around construction areas.
  • Heed all warning signs and instructions from construction workers.
  • Never cut through construction zones or cross safety barriers. 
  • Follow designated navigation, pavement markings and barriers that temporarily redirect traffic, like the pathway on O’Hara Street.
  • Watch for construction, police or other vehicles that may be entering and exiting the area.

To report a construction safety concern or issue, call facilities management at 412-624-9500, available 24 hours a day.


— Sarah Kegerreis