Arthur Rooney Middle School Building Design

Arthur Rooney Middle School Building Design

  • Location: North Side, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Owner: Pittsburgh Public Schools

Prior to this project, the Pittsburgh School Board lacked feeder pattern Middle School capacity in the north section of the city. This project solved the problem with the adaptive re-use of a 45,000 S.F. 3-story masonry colonial revival building, which was re-named after legendary Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Arthur Rooney.

The program requirements included: a complete educational space for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades; incorporation of state of the art communication technology; new mechanical and electrical systems; new fire alarm systems; and an integrated security and door monitoring system.

The design objective was to demonstrate sensitivity to, not only the functional requirements, but also the immediate neighborhood and historical and aesthetic character of the existing structure.

Site issues included security, multiple overlapping play areas and school bus service.