Client: Robert Morris University
Situation: The Wheatley Center on the Robert Morris University (RMU)campus in Pittsburgh, Pa., was in need of a face lift to update the building and to add on another 30,000 square feet of space.
Presidential Steel Buildings Solution: Hybrid Construction which showcases excellence in design and technology.
The new construction took place in phases and required the use of all U.S.-made materials. During the first phase, the building’s existing shell was renovated. The second phase consisted of a three-story 30,000 square foot addition. The first level was conventional steel, while the second and third level was a pre-engineered systems structure design.
The Wheatley Center was a one-story U-shaped building and is now three stories and 53,000 square feet.The pre-engineered structure, 120’ x 68’, plus 120 x 25’ and 40’ in height, was integrated into the 17’ first-floor level. The pre-engineered structure utilized steel frame I-beam construction and all secondary framing, including purlins, girts and base angles were hot-dipped mill-galvanized providing long-life rust protection.
The building has a Presidential Zeus Shield® 24-gauge standing seam roof with six inches of insulation and 5/8” thermal spacers to provide superior performance with regard to wind and weather protection. Installation personnel were factory certified by Presidential to complete 360° mechanically seamed installation consistent with weather-tightness criteria. To increase natural lighting, 12 skylights were added plus multiple roof curbs.
The project was completed within the schedule and came in at budget. The entire process was a fast-track collaboration between the Landau Buildings and Presidential Steel Buildings.