Chevron 2nd Floor

University of Pittsburgh |  Chevron Undergraduate Chemistry Labs

©R3A / Ed Massery Photography

Construction Cost: $3.2 Million
Completion Date: 2012
Gross Area: 8,667 SF

AIA Pittsburgh 2012 Excellence in Interior Architecture, Honor Award
AIA Pittsburgh 2012 People's Choice Award



R3A has recently designed the renovation of the 2nd floor of the Chevron Science Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The project includes design of four 1,200 SF General Chemistry labs/classrooms to meet current generation requirements for undergraduate teaching facilities, as well as a 1,200 SF General Chemistry stock room and dispensing facility to serve all undergraduate general, organic, inorganic lab supply needs.

The requirements include that the labs are broken up into three use zones; wet benches, instrumentation benches and a contained recitation write-up area, which is separated from the rest of the lab by a glass partition. The glass partition allows visual access between the recitation and bench areas while promoting increased safety in the lab environment.

The design team incorporated flexible future growth options into the labs to expand and change as new teaching strategies develop. The recitation setup can be reconfigured to permit the teaming of work tables to encourage student interaction. The instrumentation bench utilizes the use of probe technology for material and compound characterization, while the wet bench is used for various teaching procedures and experiments.