Campus Recreation & Wellness Center (In design; pursuing LEED certification)


From recreation and fitness areas to yoga and meditation spaces, this innovative multi-story facility will encompass all aspects of health and wellness, taking a holistic approach to support and enrich the student experience. It will include additional amenities, including a recreation pool, jogging track, weight-lifting equipment, basketball and volleyball courts, and more.

The project is pursuing LEED certification and will add 270,000 square feet to campus.

“Every aspect of this building has been designed being conscious of how we’re impacting the environment and how we can create the most sustainable building that we’ve built in the last 20 to 30 years,” Bonner said (2022 UTimes)

Green Building Highlights 

  • Will provide copious natural light, which will reduce the amount of electricity consumed.
  • Energy efficient systems. Chasing Pittsburgh 2030 District energy use intensity targets for new construction.
  • Stormwater collection tanks supporting campus-wide rainwater reuse network.
  • Biophilic design elements, incorporating natural light, plants, natural materials, and other experiences of the natural world.
  • Displacement ventilation in large spaces as an energy saving strategy. It uses a slow-moving stream of fresh air from the floor to displace waste air.
  • Exterior bike racks off O’Hara Street, along with covered bike racks and a bike rack fix-it station on the 5th level to support pedestrian and bike access via multiple levels of campus.
  • Extensive green roof, including clerestories to provide natural daylight to interior spaces.
  • Bird friendly glass
  • Rooftop solar array
  • Adjacent to future “Panther Run,” sustainably planted pedestrian thoroughfare to upper campus.

The Campus Recreation & Wellness Center and enabling infrastructure improvements were part of the Pittsburgh Campus Master Plan process, developed in collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh, Oakland community members, students, faculty and staff.

Architect: Moody Nolan
Contractor: Mascaro Construction
Sustainability Consultant: evolveEA

Learn more about the project from Student Affairs. & in this April 2022 University Times Article.

Read a profile about Anastasia Dubnicay, Pitt Facilities Management’s design project manager for the Recreation & Wellness Center!