O’Brien PNC Bank

Location: Pittsburg, PA
Size: 8,000 SF

This center consists of a school-age program with an art studio, a library, a café, and a computer loft, and a backup program for infant to pre-school age childcare.

The open floor plan is derived from an abstraction of Pittsburgh icons: Fort Pitt, the three rivers, bridges. To illustrate, child-size bridges cross the blue linoleum “rivers” which border the Fort Pitt play tower. The rivers converge in a curving mosaic tile water table. This highly animated, artistically colorful space brings out the child in everyone who enters.

The center earned a LEED Silver Certification for Commercial Interiors and continues to set the standard for competing for nearby centers.

studioMLA Architects carried this project through design development. A local architecture firm, LDA Companies, produced the working drawings.