IKM Extends its Mission through Work with Leadership Pittsburgh at the Environmental Charter School


IKM’s managing principal architect, John Schrott, AIA, AHCA, a current member of the Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. (LP) Class of 2012, brought his knowledge and expertise of architecture and sustainable design to his learning initiative group project at Pittsburgh’s Environmental Charter School.
The Leadership Pittsburgh program is a nine month program for established senior leaders that joins a group of approximately 60 established professionals from every walk of life, to learn and to inspire positive change in the Pittsburgh community, in the workplace, and in their spheres of influence.
After examining several options for a group learning project Schrott’s breakout LP-team along with Charter School Administrators decided on incorporating a Light-Shelf project into the facility as a scientific experiment to increase day-lighting in the classroom.
A light shelf is an architectural element that allows daylight to penetrate deep into a building. This horizontal light-reflecting overhang is placed above eye-level and has a high-reflectance upper surface. This surface is then used to reflect daylight onto the ceiling and deeper into a space. Architectural light shelves have been proven to reduce the amount of artificial lighting in a building.1
IKM’s mission is to create innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world through understanding, exploring and deciding.
In his work with the LP Class and the group project, his team sought to “positively impact the lives of the students,” by improving their classroom environment with natural light, according to Schrott.
In the following video, Schrott, a 30-year professional architect and managing principal of the 100-year old Pittsburgh-based firm, IKM Incorporated, talks about his group’s work with the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park teaching the students about day-lighting the classroom with light shelves.
IKM’s managing principal architect, John Schrott, AIA, AHCA, a current member of the Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. (LP) Class of 2012, brought his knowledge and expertise of architecture and sustainable design to his learning initiative group project at Pittsburgh’s Environmental Charter School.

The Leadership Pittsburgh program is a nine month program for established senior leaders that joins a group of approximately 60 established professionals from every walk of life, to learn and to inspire positive change in the Pittsburgh community, in the workplace, and in their spheres of influence.

After examining several options for a group learning project Schrott’s breakout LP-team along with Charter School Administrators decided on incorporating a Light-Shelf project into the facility as a scientific experiment to increase day-lighting in the classroom.

A light shelf is an architectural element that allows daylight to penetrate deep into a building. This horizontal light-reflecting overhang is placed above eye-level and has a high-reflectance upper surface. This surface is then used to reflect daylight onto the ceiling and deeper into a space. Architectural light shelves have been proven to reduce the amount of artificial lighting in a building

IKM’s mission is to create innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world through understanding, exploring and deciding.

In his work with the LP Class and the group project, his team sought to “positively impact the lives of the students,” by improving their classroom environment with natural light, according to Schrott. 

In the following video, Schrott, a 30-year professional architect and managing principal of the 100-year old Pittsburgh-based firm, IKM Incorporated, talks about his group’s work with the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park teaching the students about day-lighting the classroom with light shelves.

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IKM Principal Joel Bernard Announced as Co-Chairman of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee

Architects, General Contractors & Owners Converge to Investigate, Research, & Develop Recommended Construction Practices for the Western Pennsylvania Area
Pittsburgh, PA – Joel Bernard, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed to the position of Co-Chairman for the AIA-MBA Joint Committee.
Mr. Bernard is a Principal at IKM Incorporated, an architectural firm that has been providing architecture, planning and interior design services to institutional clients for over 100 years.
“Joel has been an active and enthusiastic member of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee and he is a perfect candidate to be this committee’s Co-Chairman,” said Rob Sklarsky of John Deklewa & Sons, Co-Chairman of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee.  “His knowledge and past experiences in design and construction can be very beneficial to this committee.”
Mr. Bernard is currently a principal architect and partner of IKM Incorporated.  In addition to being an active member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Bernard also holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards(NCARB) certification and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Mr. Bernard completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1989 from Boston Architectural Center School of Architecture. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  He became a registered architect in Pennsylvania in 1993 and he is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  Mr. Bernard serves on the City of Pittsburgh Board of Appeals for the Bureau of Building Inspection. He is a member of the Planning and Design Committee for Riverlife Pittsburgh and Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee for The Frick Pittsburgh.
Chartered in 1965, the AIA-MBA Joint Committee consist of architects and general contractors representing the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh Chapter and the Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, respectively.  The AIA-MBA Joint Committee provides a unique forum that promotes the exchange of ideas between architects, contractors and owners; these activities have advanced the cooperative working relationship enjoyed by both associations.
For more information on the AIA-MBA Joint Committee, please call 412-922-3912 or visit http://www.mbawpa.org/aia-mba/
About IKM
IKM is a signatory of the 2030 Commitment sponsored by the American Institute of Architects to adapt their operations and design product to the highest level of environmental consciousness. The firm’s sustainability portfolio includes the LEED® Certified Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters campus, LEED® Silver renovation and addition to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the University of Pittsburgh’s LEED® Gold McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Architects, General Contractors & Owners Converge to Investigate, Research, & Develop Recommended Construction Practices for the Western Pennsylvania Area 

Pittsburgh, PA – Joel Bernard, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed to the position of Co-Chairman for the AIA-MBA Joint Committee.

Bernard_sm_colorMr. Bernard is a Principal at IKM Incorporated, an architectural firm that has been providing architecture, planning and interior design services to institutional clients for over 100 years. 

“Joel has been an active and enthusiastic member of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee and he is a perfect candidate to be this committee’s Co-Chairman,” said Rob Sklarsky of John Deklewa & Sons, Co-Chairman of the AIA-MBA Joint Committee.  “His knowledge and past experiences in design and construction can be very beneficial to this committee.”

Mr. Bernard is currently a principal architect and partner of IKM Incorporated.  In addition to being an active member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Bernard also holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards(NCARB) certification and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mr. Bernard completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1989 from Boston Architectural Center School of Architecture. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  He became a registered architect in Pennsylvania in 1993 and he is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  Mr. Bernard serves on the City of Pittsburgh Board of Appeals for the Bureau of Building Inspection. He is a member of the Planning and Design Committee for Riverlife Pittsburgh and Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee for The Frick Pittsburgh. 

Chartered in 1965, the AIA-MBA Joint Committee consist of architects and general contractors representing the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh Chapter and the Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, respectively.  The AIA-MBA Joint Committee provides a unique forum that promotes the exchange of ideas between architects, contractors and owners; these activities have advanced the cooperative working relationship enjoyed by both associations.For more information on the AIA-MBA Joint Committee, please call 412-922-3912 or visit http://www.mbawpa.org/aia-mba/

About IKM

IKM is a signatory of the 2030 Commitment sponsored by the American Institute of Architects to adapt their operations and design product to the highest level of environmental consciousness. The firm’s sustainability portfolio includes the LEED® Certified Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters campus, LEED® Silver renovation and addition to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the University of Pittsburgh’s LEED® Gold McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

 

IKM Young Architects Participate in Design/Build Day at Carpenters' Open House

Pittsburgh, PA – IKM Incorporated, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most respected architecture firms has two young architects participating in an event that hopes to raise awareness of the trades and the design profession in the Pittsburgh Area.
The event hosted by the Greater PA Regional Council of Carpenters is the Annual Design/Build Competition & Open House on May 11, 2012 in their state-of-the-art training facility.
The Open House takes place today at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The highlight of the day is a showcase of the best and brightest young professionals of the construction industry in the Design/Build Competition.  The competition consists of a young architect, a young constructor and a carpenter apprentice being randomly grouped to construct a project in accordance with this year’s theme.
Graduate architects, Nelly Dacic and Natale Cozzolongo of IKM architects have volunteered to participate.
“This competition is an excellent hands-on opportunity for our young architects to gain an appreciation of the importance of the carpenter and build-team members’ contributions to a project,” said John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of IKM.
At the completion of the day, each project is on display for the public to view and each Design/Build team is recognized.  This year projects will be donated to Animal Friends.  The theme is always a secret so that guests could be surprised when they arrive; the only thing that can be mentioned at this time on the theme is that man’s best friend should be happy at the end of the day.
“We are excited that Animal Friends will be the non-profit beneficiary of some of today’s projects,” said Schrott. “As you may know, IKM designed the Animal Friends Facility on Camp Horne Road about 5 years ago.”
The Open House allows guests to get a better understanding of the skilled workforce that the MBA contractor offers to an AIA architect’s design.
For directions, please visit www.greaterpacarpenters.org.
Pittsburgh, PA – IKM Incorporated, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most respected architecture firms has two young architects participating in an event that hopes to raise awareness of the trades and the design profession in the Pittsburgh Area. 

The event hosted by the Greater PA Regional Council of Carpenters is the Annual Design/Build Competition & Open House on May 11, 2012 in their state-of-the-art training facility.  
The Open House takes place today at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The highlight of the day is a showcase of the best and brightest young professionals of the construction industry in the Design/Build Competition.  The competition consists of a young architect, a young constructor and a carpenter apprentice being randomly grouped to construct a project in accordance with this year’s theme.

Graduate architects, Nelly Dacic and Natale Cozzolongo of IKM architects have volunteered to participate. 

“This competition is an excellent hands-on opportunity for our young architects to gain an appreciation of the importance of the carpenter and build-team members’ contributions to a project,” said John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of IKM.  

At the completion of the day, each project is on display for the public to view and each Design/Build team is recognized.  This year projects will be donated to Animal Friends.  The theme is always a secret so that guests could be surprised when they arrive; the only thing that can be mentioned at this time on the theme is that man’s best friend should be happy at the end of the day.

“We are excited that Animal Friends will be the non-profit beneficiary of some of today’s projects,” said Schrott. “As you may know, IKM designed the Animal Friends Facility on Camp Horne Road about 5 years ago.”

The Open House allows guests to get a better understanding of the skilled workforce that the MBA contractor offers to an AIA architect’s design.  


IKM Architects' Skyscraper Finalist in Design Competition

IKM Incorporated architects were selected as a finalist from 50 requests for submissions in a design competition for a proposed 18-story, 300,000 square foot office building overlooking the Monongahela River in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The IKM team was led by principal and partner, Joel Bernard, AIA, LEED AP, with Melissa Annette, AIA, LEED AP, as design architect joined by Nelly Dacic, Assoc. AIA, and Adam Warner, Architectural Illustrator.
Designed for Greentree developer Burns & Scalo, the design competition was a precursor to securing an office tenant for a prime site location on Fort Pitt Boulevard near One Smithfield Street.
"According to the Developer, they are ideally looking for a large corporation to have a signature building location like a major gas and oil company looking to set up its headquarters Downtown Pittsburgh," said Bernard.
Having recently completed the nearly one million square foot Westinghouse Headquarters in Cranberry Township, IKM brings extensive knowledge in current office design to the project.  Bernard served as the Principal in Charge of that project.
Drawing upon the area’s reputation as “The City of Bridges,” the IKM competition design seeks to embrace that recognition and celebrate it on the City’s skyline. The building’s design inspiration was the iconic Smithfield Street Bridge; it begins to translate the distinct river-scape into an evolving city-scape. The glass “voids” that cut the building naturally create an open public space as well as draw daylight deep into the building interior to sustain a healthy work environment.
"The atrium would cover the bottom three floors, and at the top of the building more light would be provided," said Melissa Annette, AIA, LEED AP, project design architect for IKM.
“The rectangular tower would have an arching curve up through the center of the structure, culminating in overhanging glass through the middle of the top five floors,” she said.
The shape the voids take allow for a smooth transition between the private office occupancy and the public street presence. The presence on the skyline is one that speaks to the unique attributes of the City of Pittsburgh and seeks to create an impression on both the skyline and the streetscape.
IKM Incorporated architects were selected as a finalist from 50 requests for submissions in a design competition for a proposed 18-story, 300,000 square foot office building overlooking the Monongahela River in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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The IKM team was led by principal and partner, Joel Bernard, AIA, LEED AP, with Melissa Annette, AIA, LEED AP, as design architect joined by Nelly Dacic, Assoc. AIA, and Adam Warner, Architectural Illustrator. 

Designed for Greentree developer Burns & Scalo, the design competition was a precursor to securing an office tenant for a prime site location on Fort Pitt Boulevard near One Smithfield Street.  

"According to the Developer, they are ideally looking for a large corporation to have a signature building location like a major gas and oil company looking to set up its headquarters Downtown Pittsburgh," said Bernard.Having recently completed the nearly one million square foot Westinghouse Headquarters in Cranberry Township, IKM brings extensive knowledge in current office design to the project.  Bernard served as the Principal in Charge of that project.

Drawing upon the area’s reputation as “The City of Bridges,” the IKM competition design seeks to embrace that recognition and celebrate it on the City’s skyline. The building’s design inspiration was the iconic Smithfield Street Bridge; it begins to translate the distinct river-scape into an evolving city-scape. The glass “voids” that cut the building naturally create an open public space as well as draw daylight deep into the building interior to sustain a healthy work environment.  

Burns__Scalo_Competition_Exterior_View_2_Final_HQ_11x7_72

"The atrium would cover the bottom three floors, and at the top of the building more light would be provided," said Melissa Annette, AIA, LEED AP, project design architect for IKM. 

“The rectangular tower would have an arching curve up through the center of the structure, culminating in overhanging glass through the middle of the top five floors,” she said.

The shape the voids take allow for a smooth transition between the private office occupancy and the public street presence. The presence on the skyline is one that speaks to the unique attributes of the City of Pittsburgh and seeks to create an impression on both the skyline and the streetscape.

About IKM
IKM is a signatory of the 2030 Commitment sponsored by the American Institute of Architects to adapt their operations and design product to the highest level of environmental consciousness. The firm’s sustainability portfolio includes the LEED® Certified Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters campus, LEED® Silver renovation and addition to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the University of Pittsburgh’s LEED® Gold McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
 

IKM Designs $280-million expansion for WVU Hospitals

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WVU Hospitals announced plans to construct a 10-story tower to address capacity issues and better serve the healthcare needs of all West Virginians. The expansion, planned and designed by IKM Architects of Pittsburgh, PA, marks the Hospital’s largest construction project since the construction of Ruby Memorial Hospital in the late-1980s. As a result of the expansion, the Hospital expects to add 750 permanent jobs and 139 new beds.
 
“Today’s announcement follows months of planning and design meetings to develop the master plan for the expansion,” said John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of IKM. Schrott, an accredited member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, is principal architect in charge for the planning and design of the project.

“IKM’s mission is to design innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world. This project is an excellent example of our mission at work,” said Schrott. “We greatly appreciate working with the leadership at WVU Hospitals who understand the opportunity this expansion has to leverage the built environment to improve the patient experience.”

Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, statements supported this, “Our goal is to provide access to all of the great resources we have here at WVU Hospitals’ Ruby Memorial and WVU Children’s Hospital for anyone who needs them. In doing so, we will remain true to our mission of caring for people from every corner of the state.”

The $280-million tower will take four years to complete. It will expand WVU Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department and the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center.

The expansion will require a new and larger Rosenbaum Family House and Child Development Center. The expansion will also result in expanded food service and conference spaces, additional elevators, parking and campus roadways. Currently, all but 30 hospital rooms are private. When the project is complete, all patient rooms will be private.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who attended a press conference announcing the project along with WVU President James P. Clements, Ph.D., called the expansion of Ruby Memorial “a giant step forward in patient care.” He added that the jobs it will create are another sign that the state’s economy is strong. “These 750 good jobs, with benefits, show that West Virginia is moving forward.”

The expansion will be subject to Certificate of Need approval by the West Virginia Health Care Authority. Construction costs are estimated to be $248 million with the remaining $32 million for financing and other related costs.

 

About IKM

IKM Incorporated is an architecture, planning and interior design firm whose mission is to create innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world through leadership in understanding, exploration and decision making. The firm’s vision is to be recognized for excellence in institutional and corporate architecture, design and advancing their client’s mission.

IKM is a signatory of the 2030 Commitment sponsored by the American Institute of Architects to adapt their operations and design product to the highest level of environmental consciousness. The firm’s sustainability portfolio includes the LEED® Certified Westinghouse Corporate Headquarters campus, LEED® Silver renovation and addition to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the University of Pittsburgh’s LEED® Gold McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. 

Visit the website: www.ikminc.com for more information.

 

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