UPMC: Clinical Laboratory Building

UPMC: Clinical Laboratory Building

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Perkins Eastman worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to consolidate and relocate central clinical laboratories to a vacant nine-story research building on their Pittsburgh campus. The 133,000 sf building houses automated testing along with related testing and diagnostic laboratories including: molecular diagnostics, virology/serology, microbiology, histology, special chemistry, and molecular anatomic pathology. To effectively link the new clinical laboratories to the main hospital campus and Magee-Womens Hospital, the project includes the extension and modernization of the hospital’s pneumatic tube system.

Originally a 1920s-era warehouse, the building presented many challenges including extremely low floor heights, stair and elevators shared with an adjacent parking garage, limited floor loading capacity, and lack of street entry presence. The project incorporates a number of sustainable features facilitated by updated MEP/FP systems, building envelope improvements, and a complete interior fit-out. In addition, the renovations upgraded the building to meet contemporary high-rise building standards with improvements to elevators and controls, emergency power, security, and life-safety systems.