Hillman Library Renovation (Pursuing LEED certification)


Hillman Library, located on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh, is the largest of the university’s 17 libraries and its collection is primarily focused on the humanities and social sciences. The building is being renovated in phases, with Phases 1 and 2 completed on the upper floors. The renovation includes new group study rooms, a large digital interactive wall, and a computer bar. 

Phases 3 and 4 include renovation of the first and second floors, which will feature an expanded and relocated Open Lab, a large study area with moveable furniture, a significantly expanded café with indoor and outdoor seating, and an accessible ramp entrance on the Forbes Avenue side of the building. 

All phases of the renovation will combined cover 250,000 square feet and the project pursuing LEED certification.

Green Building Highlights 

  • Abatement of asbestos fireproofing.
  • Biophilic design.
  • New efficient building lighting systems.
  • Replacement of all perimeter single-pane windows, improving insulation and energy efficiency.
  • Mechanical system upgrades, improving energy efficiency. 
  • Reconfiguration of shelving units to facilitate compliance with accessibility requirements.

Architect: GBBN
Contractor: Rycon