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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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Strada Elevates Abby Mountain to Senior Associate

02.2018

Strada, an industry leader in cross-disciplinary design, is excited to announce the elevation of Abby Mountain to Senior Associate. “Abby has been instrumental to Strada’s growth and success since 2002, and we are thrilled to advance her to this important position,” said Al Cuteri, firm principal and human resources leader. Abby joined Strada nearly 16 ...

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Bakery Square 2.0: more than meets the eye

02.2013Building, Design
By Leah Patgorski

A chilly ceremony on Valentine’s Day marked the official groundbreaking for a very significant project at Strada, Bakery Square 2.0. The focus throughout this project has been to build on the success of the first part of Bakery Square and create a complete neighborhood where people could live, work, and play within one tightly knit community.

Towards this end, Bakery Square 2.0 will establish a commercial and residential density on the site of the decommissioned Reizenstein School in keeping with adjacent neighborhoods like East Liberty and Shadyside. It will have architectural and spatial variety, with rich and colorful building facades framing green spaces and bike path connections. People who move into Bakery Living – the residential building slated to open in 2014 – will be able to walk across the street to work (or work out). They will be able to walk to the Trader Joe’s grocery store in about 6 minutes, or to the Ellsworth Avenue commercial district in about fifteen.

Last Thursday, however, as political leaders and developers lined up for a photo op, their golden spades pointed towards an important if less glamorous area of the project: the dirt. Bakery Square 2.0 is designed to have one of the most comprehensive green infrastructure systems of any neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Partly funded by a $2 million federal grant (which Walnut Capital and the URA worked to secure last year) the new neighborhood will flex its infrastructure vocabulary with bioswalesrain gardens, and porous paving, not to mention a bioretention area that will cover the entire Event Lawn. These vary in their materials and construction, but they are all ground-based systems that slow and filter stormwater runoff.

Since the City of Pittsburgh is saddled with an antiquated combined storm and sanitary sewer system – meaning that heavy rains can cause untreated sewage to flow into rivers and creeks – it is important for new developments to incorporate environmentally-sensitive infrastructure that reduces stormwater flows. Strada’s riverfront project at the Rivers Casino incorporated such strategies, but it is even more significant to be able to implement green infrastructure on the neighborhood scale.

 

Strada Elevates Abby Mountain to Senior Associate

02.2018Firm news, People
By Street Talk Editor

Strada, an industry leader in cross-disciplinary design, is excited to announce the elevation of Abby Mountain to Senior Associate. “Abby has been instrumental to Strada’s growth and success since 2002, and we are thrilled to advance her to this important position,” said Al Cuteri, firm principal and human resources leader. Abby joined Strada nearly 16 ...
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The Craft of Story Building

02.2018Design, Ideas, Places
By Mason Radkoff, CSI/CCCA, LEED AP BD+C

A story’s form should be organic— the moves it makes, the shape it takes. Initial visions of setting, theme, voice, and plot emerge as the writer intuits what the story needs without the anchor of minutia holding things back. Art is made.
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