Strada is taking active measures to ensure the health of our Team Members and also to assist in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

Effective March 17, 2020, Strada is closing our physical offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and we will continue to operate remotely. We anticipate returning to our offices on April 30, 2020 but will update our plans as new information becomes available.

Meetings will be held virtually, via conference call or may be postponed. All of our Team Members will be working remotely under our work-from-home policy. Due to the two-week school and business closings our staff may be active at various times throughout the day and evening, so please bear with us as we make every effort to stay on schedule and in contact with our clients and business colleagues.

About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Maintaining the integrity of a downtown classic

About the project

First opened on Fourth Avenue in 1871, Dollar Bank has undertaken a number of renovations to enhance their historic location in downtown Pittsburgh.

Strada’s recent work has been the transformation of the Private Banking area to match the existing character and finish of the 1905 addition, which added banking offices along the left side of the interior using a modular system of cast iron framing and intricate infill panels. The new Private Banking area faithfully matches the originals, although they are framed in wood instead of metal. A new seating area complements this row of offices and provides a distinguished place for Private Banking clients to wait in semi-privacy while still enjoying the opulence of the historic interior.

Other tasks included documenting building conditions for upcoming preservation initiatives, and planning the relocation and placement of the original 9,000-lb brownstone lions that have perched outside the main doors since 1871. The restored historic lions now rest indoors on marble pedestals, while new replica lions will guard the front doors for the next 150 years.

The juxtaposition of the lions as a new interior feature and a solution to a technical preservation issue was well-played and created a new dynamic within the historic context.

– AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards Jury

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