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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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Restoration and replicas complete, lions once again guard bank

06.2013Building
By admin@stradallc

The fountain at the point isn’t the only icon of downtown Pittsburgh that returned this month – the pair of lions of Dollar Bank also reappeared on their pedestals. Below is a timeline for these giants of Fourth Avenue.

1843  Max Kohler, who would become a stone mason and emigrate to Pittsburgh, was born in Germany.
1871  Kohler completed the on-site carving of the brownstone lions in front of the Fourth Avenue Dollar Bank, the company’s flagship branch.
1906  Two wings were added to the bank.
1908  A survey completed as part of Pittsburgh’s Sesquicentennial recorded 102 chartered banks and trust companies in this district, where the volume of transactions rivaled that of New York’s Wall Street.

2009  The original lions were removed from their pedestals and shipped to McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio for restoration.
2012  The original lions were returned to the site and installed indoors. Strada worked with Dollar Bank to design and structure new marble pedestals for the restored lions, which weigh over 9,000 pounds each (pictured below).
2013  A new duo of lions, sculpted from Berkshire brownstone by Nicholas Fairplay (also of Oberlin), was ceremoniously unveiled along with new pedestals in front of the bank. The new sculptures exhibit the same relaxed poses and precise details of the originals that now sit inside.

Visitors are welcome to enter the bank during business hours to peruse the old lions. Strada continues to work with Dollar Bank to document and restore the bank’s interior, which is considered by historians to be the best-preserved 19th century banking space in Pittsburgh.

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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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