Point Park University Center for Media Innovation

  • Project: New Center for Media Innovation 
  • Owner: Point Park University 
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Architect: GBBN Architects 

Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation is a new high-tech multimedia studio for students to explore television, radio, photography, and broadcasting in one space. It was designed by GBBN Architects as a professional studio, with help from The Sextant Group, while retaining the key elements of an educational space. The studio includes a radio broadcast room, television studio with green screen, photography studio, classroom, whisper room, control room, dressing room, community study areas, and offices. The original facade was replaced with eleven-foot-high tilted storefront glass, complete with a LED stock ticker stretching around the front of the building. Accommodating the sheer amount of technology in the 4,000 SF space was a challenge that Landau Building Company confidently accomplished. Three miles of data cable were run underneath a raised floor system. Highly sensitive acoustical tolerances were specified in every room, wall, and floor to eliminate the vibrations and background noise of the urban environment and adjacent tenant space within the building. A curved "cyclorama wall" was built in the photography studio and a pivot wall was built between the classroom and the photography studio to create a multi-purpose area when swung open. Seamless teamwork between the architect, university and Landau kept this complicated job moving forward and fluid. Similarly, the subcontractors understood the complexity of this project and put forth the extra effort, especially with unanticipated coordination. The Sextant Group became an important resource and treated this project like it was a professional news studio. Landau anticipated cost and scheduling deterrents to ultimately complete the project on time and within the university’s budget.

“Thank you for delivering a successful project that is an asset to the Point Park University and greater Downtown Pittsburgh Community.” Adam DiMenno, Project Manager for Point Park University