Creating Innovative and Informed Architecture in Higher Education Renovation

IKM shares expertise in renovating old campus structures for new uses.
 
 
Speaking at the annual member meeting for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, IKM principal architects John Schrott, AIA, and Michael McDonnell, AIA presented a case study of the adaptive reuse and addition to Carnegie Hall Alumni Center at Grove City College.

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“Our mission is to provide innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world,” said Michael McDonnell, AIA, principal in charge of the higher education market for IKM Architects.
 
 
“By sharing our expertise with the higher education community, we believe that each person in attendance might take away at least one piece of information that will help them in their next project. Or, if they have a question, they know they can call us for advice,” said McDonnell.
 
 
The presentation entitled, “Transforming Assets to Support Your Mission,” focused on the challenges of renovating historic campus structures for new uses. Tom Gregg, Vice President of Operations for Grove City College also participated providing the owner’s perspective to the challenges of making an old building new again.
 
 
An audience of vice presidents and directors from colleges and universities around the state participated in the breakout session that focused on the significance of historic buildings; the typical challenges and the design opportunities that they present; understanding the peaks and valleys of transformation; and, exploring the outcomes specific to the Grove City project.


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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.  

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"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.
 

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