The Assembly (5051 Centre)

LEED Gold, 2022

The Assembly, located at 5051 Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, is a historic building that once housed a Ford Motor Company assembly plant. In 2022, the building opened its doors for its next life as a world-class biomedical research hub, leased in-part by the University of Pittsburgh.

The Assembly includes new state-of-the-art lab spaces for researchers, a variety of conference rooms, an 250+ seat auditorium, and galleries throughout to highlight the building’s rich heritage. 

Pitt leases ~245,00 square feet in the 354,000 square foot building, which is owned by Wexford. It achieved its LEED Gold designation in 2022.

Green Building Highlights 

  • Maintained existing building’s walls, floors, and roof.
  • Construction waste management is workign to divert C&D waste from the landfill.
  • 116 bicycle parking spaces & changing rooms, encourage active commuting.
  • Conveniently located near public transportation.
  • 30 electric vehicle chargers available for drivers.
  • Roof design helps reduce urban heat island effect, including green roof deck. 
  • Water efficient landscaping. 
  • Materials manufactured regionally and/or with recycled content utilized in construction. 
  • Use of low-emitting materials, such as in adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood and agrifiber products.
The Assembly University of Pittsburgh Crane Shed

Architect: ZGF
Contractor: Turner

Read LEED Gold announcement (October 2022)

Read May 2022 Pittwire article

Read more about the project from Wexford

Read 2023 Metropolis Magazine article on project.