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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Strada’s Newest Creative Mind

01.2018

Last month, we welcomed an extraordinary architectural designer, Timothy “Timo” Ong to our team. Not only has he hit the ground running with projects and proposals, but he does so with a spirited energy, air of positivity, and always with a smile on his face. Timo’s experience and passion for design excellence perfectly complements our ...

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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’s Newest Creative Mind

01.2018People, Uncategorized
By Street Talk Editor

Last month, we welcomed an extraordinary architectural designer, Timothy “Timo” Ong to our team. Not only has he hit the ground running with projects and proposals, but he does so with a spirited energy, air of positivity, and always with a smile on his face. Timo’s experience and passion for design excellence perfectly complements our ...
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6 Signs Your Office Needs a Refresh

10.2017Design, Ideas, Places
By Tom Price

When was the last time you refreshed your office, academic, or social space? If the answer is 10 years or more, it’s definitely time to consider making updates. Maintaining a workplace that is relevant and performative is critical to keeping a sharp competitive edge. It also helps recruit and retain the best talent while improving ...
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