Pennsylvania-based architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) released designs for two new buildings for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh. The buildings will be available for use by graduate and undergraduate students and faculty across various disciplines.
ANSYS Hall, funded by ANSYS Engineering, will be erected for CMU's College of Engineering. The 36,000-square-foot building will house the ANSYS Simulation Lab, a collaborative research space, and will give students access to ANSYS's engineering simulation software. The four-story facility also features a specialized space for the manufacturing of large-scale prototypes.
TCS Hall, partially funded by Tata Consultancy Services, will greet visitors entering from Forbes Avenue. Included in the 90,000-square-foot scheme will be computer science and mechanical engineering labs, an outdoor robot yard, and a high bay for landing and launching drones.
Both BCJ principals on the projects—principal Gregory Mottola, FAIA, and associate principal Kent Suhrbier—are CMU School of Architecture alumni. ANSYS Hall and TCS Hall are the firm's fourth and fifth project for CMU; the firm also designed first-year residence hall Stever House, the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (commonly known as the "living lab"), and the university's Software Engineering Institute. Both buildings will also include flexible "hackerspaces" (adaptable spaces available for collaboration and work). “We look forward to seeing the students at work in these spaces, and the results of their design thinking," Mottola said in a press release.
ANSYS Hall and TCS Hall are slated for completion in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
This story has been updated since first publication to reflect the correct spelling of Gregory Mottola, as well as Kent Suhrbier's correct job title. ARCHITECT regrets the errors.