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Celebrate Architecture and Design: Vote for Your Favorite Projects in Design Pittsburgh 2020

August 15, 2020

Vote for HDG’s design of Wabtec’s Corporate Offices for the 2020 AIA People’s Choice Award in the “Architecture – Large” category now through Thursday, September 3rd.  AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards is a juried design competition open to AIA members and firms whose principals are members of AIA Pittsburgh, as well as AIA members from across the country whose projects were located in the 11 county area.  The mission of the awards is to recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation, and achievement in the craft of architecture.  Recent architecture projects can be entered for a variety of award categories, including the People’s Choice Award, which is chosen by popular vote. The Architecture – Large category is for built projects over 50,000 sq. ft. in the last five years.

About the Project:

Wabtec Corporation, a high-tech supplier for the freight and transit rail industries, had the need for a new corporate headquarters to replace their existing offices in Wilmerding, PA. Wabtec has been located in Wilmerding since the late 19th century and it was a cultural shift to relocate their offices to the North Shore of Pittsburgh after acquiring GE Transportation. The Fortune 500 company’s new global headquarters is being used to dramatically reshape Wabtec’s image. The 80,000 sq. ft. Isabella Street renovation completely transformed two floors of the building. A combination of reconfiguration and reuse was utilized to create a space that functioned and felt like one cohesive office. Each floor consists of a combination of perimeter and interior offices with glass partitions that allow ample natural light into the adjacent open office spaces. Each department has areas for collaboration, meeting and conference rooms, kitchenettes and informal gathering spaces throughout.

The Project Team:

Client: Wabtec Corporation

Architecture Firm: Hayes Design Group Architects

Contractor: A. Martini & Company

Owner’s Rep: JLL

Engineers: RPA Engineering

Photographer: Cory Morton Photography

To view the entire 2020 AIA Pittsburgh Design Awards online exhibit, visit:

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