The Tepper School of Business and Quadrangle is located on an existing surface parking lot and is approximately 4.5 acres along Forbes Avenue on the Carnegie Mellon University Campus in Pittsburgh, PA. The proposed building and open space will become a cornerstone for planned campus growth to the north. As Carnegie Mellon continues to expand, the Tepper Quad will become an important campus center. The new open space builds upon the activity and urban context that exists to establish a positive and prominent civic core to the larger campus.
Forbes Avenue, once thought of as a barrier or constraint, has revealed itself as a potential amenity and opportunity to make a distinctive public realm through the center of campus. This strategy of embracing the urban context and improving campus visibility and connectivity achieves safety and security through openness, engagement, collaboration and community. From this, new campus connections are being proposed across Forbes Avenue at improved, signalized pedestrian crossings that emphasize and prioritize universal design and accessibility.
Landscape elements will consist of resilient materials and detailing that considers the long-term maintenance of the site. A biodiverse planting palette comprised of urban-tolerant tree, shrubs and perennials will be employed to create habitat for flora, fauna and beneficial insects. The irrigation system will utilize harvested rainwater from a below grade cistern and be designed to limit water consumption, while supporting plant communities including a small green roof on the building. As part of the University’s commitment to sustainability, this project is targeting a minimum of LEED® Gold certification.
The Tepper Quadrangle consists of several distinct areas as described below:
The green will become the front door of the new business school. The gently sloping lawn will provide space for classic campus quad activities in addition to contemporary programmed events at the new business school.
The pedestrian promenade is a grand allee that connects the Tepper School through the quad and Town Square to the rest of the Carnegie Mellon campus. The promenade will feature a rhythm of benches and groundcover planting under a double row of canopy trees.
The grove is a terraced forecourt at the Tepper School undergraduate student commons. The terraces will be paved with a crushed stone under a grid of canopy trees with integrated seat walls. Moveable tables and chairs will be provided for flexible seating in addition to a couple of iconic communal tables.
The garden terraces located in the Tepper Quad will be planted with lush perennials that will provide seasonal interest through the spring, summer, fall, and winter. The sloped gardens will provide unique, informal and intimate gathering spaces on campus.
Forbes Avenue: Urban Edge and Threshold
Forbes Avenue will be transformed into a pedestrian friendly streetscape that is walkable and bikeable. New paving and planting will transform the street character and connect the campus across Forbes Avenue.
The Town Square will be a pedestrian friendly zone featuring programmed events, temporary retail, and new site amenities including paving, seating, and planting.