McKim & Creed provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection, and structural (MEP/FP/S) design services for the Produce Terminal, an iconic structure located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District.
Built in 1926, the Produce Terminal stretches over five blocks. With an ever-evolving local demographic, the Strip District has gone from a bustling wholesale produce hub to a vibrant retail destination. The area caters to both locals and visitors looking for the true character and essence of the Pittsburgh lifestyle.
With the renovated Produce Terminal, visitors to The Strip can find food markets and coffee shops, offices and innovation hubs, art centers and ethnic restaurants, antique dealers and fashion boutiques. The Produce Terminal has become a must-see element of Pittsburgh.
The building exterior was restored to its original condition. The building was reduced in size and mass by opening up pedestrian passageways that allow easy access from parking. The existing industrial wood bi-fold doors were replaced with new commercial glass storefronts to showcase merchant spaces. The clerestory windows were restored to allow natural light to penetrate the building’s interior spaces while the interior structure was restored and left exposed. The new mixed-use building was prepared for multi-tenant use (approximately 12,000 SF of common space) and consists of approximately 153,000 SF of retail and office space.
McKim & Creed designed the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems. The electrical design involved normal and emergency power, building lighting, and conduit and wiring for security, access systems, CCTV and data/telecom systems. Structural services included structural analysis and design, including design basis loading criteria that developed the foundations, column and framing designs, plus a lateral force resistance system.
*A portion of the services were provided by Loftus Engineers prior to its acquisition by McKim & Creed.
Photos courtesy of McCaffery, Inc.