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Rycon wins a MBA Building Excellence Award for the third consecutive year
March 1, 2019


MBA Building Excellence Awards


Pittsburgh, PA - At the Master Builders' Association (MBA) Evening of Excellence on February 28 at Heinz Field East Club, attended by hundreds, Rycon was presented the award for "Best Renovation Over $10 Million" for the Carnegie Mellon University Hamerschlag Hall Maker Space project.


As the construction manager, the goal of this multi-phase renovation in historic Hamerschlag Hall, built in the early 1900s, was to rejuvenate and upgrade the Maker Wing to keep pace with advanced manufacturing and research pursued by the University's engineering programs. The scope of work included new wet/dry labs, research facilities, classrooms, offices and student workshops, as well as a graduate student suite with multiple lounges and kitchenettes. The interior structure and layout were realigned to make more efficient use of the space, and to achieve a greater user-friendly navigation. The work spanned 20-months through two academic years in the occupied building. Great consideration was taken during phasing and planning to allow full use of the building during the project. The project required extensive structural demolition of existing floor plates and the original exterior walls. Erection of new structural steel was required as well as new concrete foundations. Additionally, new mechanical and electrical systems were installed to which required temporary tie-in, off hour shutdowns, and rebuilding a temporary AHU to serve the building while the new one was installed.


A special thank you goes out to Carnegie Mellon University, GBBN Architects, and the project's subcontractors on their hard work and fantastic effort on this award-winning project.


View the project's video on the MBA's YouTube Channel





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