2500 Smallman was renovated from a one-story warehouse into a three-story luxury townhouse development that the developer right-sized to 11-units and three stories despite zoning approvals for a larger project.

Renovation required vertical expansion and creation of an open central motor court, which used 420 tons of structural steel, 16 tons salvaged from the motor court. A steel-framed suspended boardwalk spans the motor court.

Site constraints required all steel to be raised from inside the building and limited options for ingress/egress.

The use of BIM and UAV video allowed seamless coordination between engineer, architect, and contractor from evaluation through construction.

The renovation was designed to meet LEED Gold standards and is currently being evaluated by the USGBC for certification.

Pitt Ohio Express
Service(s) Provided
Structural Engineering
Pittsburgh, PA (Strip District)