Union Trust Building

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
Firm LocationBoston, United States
CompanyElkus Manfredi Architects
Lead ArchitectHoward F Elkus, FAIA
Design Team Elizabeth O Lowrey, IIDA, Principal; Ross Cameron, RIBA, Project Manager; CT Nguyen, Interior Designer
ClientThe Davis Companies

Built in 1918 in the heart of downtown
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 667,000-square-
foot Union Trust Building was in need of
revitalization after many years of neglect.
The client had a clear vision for the
central role that the revitalized Union
Trust Building could play in contemporary
Pittsburgh life. The charge for designers
was to reimagine what this extraordinary
building could be – to make it a vibrant
destination, and a place that would attract
exciting retail and restaurant tenants, as
well as offer flexible, modern Class-A
office space with amenities that would make
it among the most desirable downtown
workplace locations for both innovation
start-ups and traditional office tenants.

At the ground-floor lobby, designers created
a dramatic and beautiful entry and meeting
space for the offices above, while
faithfully restoring and respecting the
original historic building. The atrium was
transformed into a grand arrival space with
a carpet pattern that reflects the design of
the Tiffany dome above. As one ascends
through the nine open levels, the carpet
changes color, gradating from blue on the
ground floor to gold/amber on the top floor.
Thirty pieces of original art commissioned
for the building, many using Pittsburgh and
the Union Trust Building as their subjects.