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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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The Integrated Design Practice

04.2018

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Bakery Square: Evolution of an Innovation District

12.2015Building, Design, Firm news, Places
By Stacey Blankin, Associate, LEED AP ND

It is not often that you have an opportunity to design a new urban neighborhood and it’s even more rare to get to see that vision take shape so quickly. Strada’s Master Plan for Bakery Square 2.0 in Pittsburgh envisioned a vibrant innovation district, where residents could live, work and play. And already it is so much more—an inviting, active place where people can feel connected, and at home.

When we last checked in on Bakery Square, which is being developed by Walnut Capital, the finishing touches on the first residential building—Bakery Living 1—were wrapping up. Since then, residents have swapped recipes by the barbeque, shot billiards late into the evenings, and sipped margaritas poolside. The new bike path connecting the blossoming neighborhood to nearby Shadyside attracts neighbors of all ages, making their way on two wheels and two feet.

Urbanites are flocking to Bakery Living 1 for its slew of amenities, all just a quick walk away from Bakery Square, shops, restaurants, and bike trail.

Urbanites are flocking to Bakery Living 1 for its slew of amenities, all just a quick walk away from Bakery Square, shops, restaurants, and bike trail.

Next up—the first new ground-up office building will open this spring. The 200,000-SF LEED-certified facility will be anchored by the expansion of Google from the former Nabisco factory next door—a new three-story bridge across Penn Avenue makes that connection direct. Software maker Autodesk, also plans to move in, taking advantage of the location near local start-ups, as well as researchers and tech developers from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh.

The first new commercial building at Bakery Square is nearing completion. The LEED-certified facility will tie into the site’s expansive green infrastructure.

The first new commercial building at Bakery Square is nearing completion. The LEED-certified facility will tie into the site’s extensive green infrastructure.

An inviting pond forms the focal point of the courtyard at the entrance to the new office building, which collects water from the roof. Overflow runs into a nearby rain garden and from there into an infiltration bed under the roadway.

An inviting pond forms the focal point of the courtyard at the entrance to the new office building, which collects water from the roof. Overflow runs into a nearby rain garden and from there into an infiltration bed under the roadway.

A few steps away, Bakery Living 2 is under construction. It will double the residential density with 175 hip new pet-friendly apartments that are slated to open in June 2016. Common lounges, bars, and game rooms, combined with an easy walk to shops, restaurants, and even the gym make it hard to resist the appeal of this uber-cozy urban lifestyle.

The residential buildings utilize green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens to limit storm water entering the storm sewers. The green space in the courtyard actually sits on top of a parking garage roof.

The residential buildings utilize green roofs, bioswales and rain gardens to limit storm water entering the storm sewers. The green space in the courtyard actually sits on top of a parking garage roof.

As the seeds of this tech-based, mixed-use green corridor take root, Bakery Square is quickly becoming a vibrant intellectual, economic and social hub. If you can’t visit in person, take a quick peek at this video, produced by CNN’s One Square Meter.

Bakery Square 2.0 Master Plan

Strada’s Bakery Square 2.0 Master Plan; Top photo courtesy of Walnut Capital

 

The Integrated Design Practice

04.2018Building, Design, Ideas, Places
By Claudia Saladin, ASLA, LEED AP

"The more complex the ecosystem and the greater the diversity of its parts, the more successfully it can resist and recover quickly from stress. "
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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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