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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Study haven for a unique student population

About the project

“Nontraditional students” are an ever-changing and diverse population of the College of General Studies, many of them coming to university education later in life. The mission of the McCarl Center is to provide programs and services, extending from orientation through graduation, and to promote and support their academic success and personal growth. The design team translated this goal into a highly crafted environment to suit the client’s mission.

The Center was inserted into reclaimed space that originally housed two-level library stacks in the Cathedral of Learning, a 42-story Gothic Revival tower that is the University’s signature building. The main conference room takes advantage of one of the high bay spaces that is part of this historic structure. Steel structures frame the passages, transporting students into a welcoming and comfortable place for group or individual study.

The McCarl Center and the College of General Studies were relocated in 2014 to share a space in Posvar Hall. Strada helped to design this renovation as well, with similar program elements as in the original McCarl Center, and this time adjoining a major ground floor corridor and a large outdoor terrace.

“An absolutely spectacular addition to the College of General Studies.”

– University Chancellor Mark Nordenberg


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