Fostering Connections at ANSYS Hall

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ANSYS Hall is an example of what is possible when an academic facility is designed collaboratively. It’s about integrating public-private interest, encouraging idea-sharing and embracing opportunities for connection. The 36,000-square-foot mixed-use building, designed for Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is a partnership with the engineering software company ANSYS, Inc., weaving together a network of makerspaces and uniting its occupants.

The addition of ANSYS Hall on the campus mall unlocks access points and increases functionality, not only for this artfully planned building but the whole ecosystem in which it resides. Acting as a unifier on campus, the high-bay makerspace, classrooms, labs, and offices provide valuable resources, as well as allow for better use of adjacent facilities. ANSYS Hall has a transformational effect at CMU through its integration into the historic campus context, its adaptive, flexible design, and the ability to spark new ideas through visual connection and knowledge sharing. …


On Friday, October 2, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Associate Garrett Reynolds, AIA LEED AP was honored with a 2020 Young Architect Award by AIA Seattle at its (virtual) President’s Dinner. Young Architect awards are given to individuals licensed fewer than 10 years who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession. In addition to his accomplished design career to date, Garrett was also recognized for his passion for community involvement, research, and writing.

“When he joined Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 2016, Garrett’s exceptional skills made an immediate and significant contribution to our practice on many levels.” …


Senator John Heinz History Center, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Senator John Heinz History Center, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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The industrial buildings that have long contributed to Pittsburgh’s character present a unique opportunity for considering the future. For architects, these buildings offer a tactile and fertile framework for reimagination and re-use — an opportunity to weave sustainability and community into a project’s DNA, and, in turn, foster equitable outcomes and hyper-local innovation.

On Tuesday, September 29th, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson held the latest virtual event in our Year of Gathering series, focused on the power of adaptive re-use in post-industrial cities like Pittsburgh to strengthen communities and create authentic and sustainable ecosystems for innovation. Kent Suhrbier, AIA, a principal in Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Pittsburgh studio, was joined by Don Carter, FAIA, a senior research fellow at the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University; Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection, a not-for-profit that provides consulting and training services to manufacturers; and Alicia Volcy with Studio Volcy, a design and development consultancy. …

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