Carnegie Mellon University / ANSYS Simulation Building and Undergraduate Maker Center Study


Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GBBN’s design for this engineering building at Carnegie Mellon University integrates seamlessly with the renovation work that our firm is doing in adjacent Hamerschlag Hall. The ANSYS Simulation Building and Undergraduate Maker Center is envisioned as a critical component in the implementation of the College of Engineering’s commitment to provide maker resources to undergraduate and graduate students across the campus. This project provides large scale maker space and computer simulation classrooms and laboratories that complement the bench scale maker facilities in Hamerschlag Hall.

The scheme incorporates a high bay maker space, supported by adjacent student lounge, collaboration and assembly space, along with a mezzanine for computer simulation that overlooks the production floor. Upper levels are accessed directly from the campus mall and contain instructional, laboratory and event space. The skin of the building is expressive of the functions inside, generated through advancements made possible through digital technologies and advanced production techniques.