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At noon PST – that is 3PM EST for those of us on the East Coast – Springboard Design Principal Paul Rosenblatt preents a webinar on blogging and architectural communication. Still time as we write this to get in on the fun. Just follow this link: http://www.designrealized.com/Architecture_Blog

The Carnegie Museum of Art Website just announced the completion of the renovation of the Scaife Galleries, designed by Springboard Design. “Five of our 21 art galleries,” the Carnegie writes, “have been reinstalled to offer a fresh interpretation of the permanent collection and to highlight many of the museum’s strengths in Impressionism, sculpture, Realism, and Aestheticism, providing a unique view of the museum’s holdings.”

The museum has also included some beautiful views of the space on their website:

We are delighted to announce that our application for a Sprout Fund Grant for our Bike Steps/Light Rail Proposal was accepted. Kudos to Springboard Associate Bill Szustak for spearheading this process.

In the last ten years, Pittsburgh has developed a system of pedestrian and bike routes encouraging alternative means of transportation throughout the city. The bike trail system continues to grow, but there are still some missing or circuitous links. Some potential bike connections would be enhanced by modifying existing public steps to accomodate the transport of bikes. These public steps are an urban typology unique to topographically challenging cities like Pittsburgh. Currently, no runnels exist on any public steps in the city of Pittsburgh. Our ‘Bike Steps/Light rails’ project is designed to address this lack.

Springboard’s ‘Bike Steps/Light Rail’ project is focused on developing an illuminated bike ‘runnel’ that can be retrofit onto public staircases like the one connecting Joncaire Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This location will serve as the ‘pilot’ program or prototype for what we hope will be additional installations throughout the city. To the best of our knowledge, these will be the first bike runnels in the city’s history.

In addition to the support of Bike Pittsburgh, we have also received support from the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) and are seeking other partners and collaborators to implement the project.

According to their website, “The Sprout Fund supports innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh—making our community a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Through its programs and activities, Sprout enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities.

Founded in 2001, Sprout is one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s leading agencies for catalytic small-scale funding, civic engagement, digital media and learning, and public art. With strong working relationships to many community organizations and regional stakeholders, Sprout’s approach has worked successfully across political and geographic boundaries to make hundreds of community-decided investments in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.”

For more information, contact Paul Rosenblatt at paul@springboarddesign.net, and read the Pop City article about the Sprout Fund grant:


ATAS International, Inc., a manufacturer of metal roofing, wall and ceiling panels for commercial and residential applications, recently held its annual Customer Appreciation Day.
During the State of the Industry & Awards Ceremony Dinner, ATAS announced the winners of its 2012 Project of the Year awards. Awards are given in four categories: Commercial Roofs, Commercial Walls, Residential Roofs and Residential Walls. Springboard Design was awarded First Place in the Commercial Walls category for the innovative application of perforated corrugated metal featured on the main facade of their recently completed UCP/CLASS Centre II building. Springboard Design Associate Bill Szustak attended the event and was on hand to receive the award.

Springboard Design is featured in an extensive Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about its new building for UCP/CLASS.

The piece, written by Tina Calabro, filled the front page of the Post-Gazette Magazine section on January 23, 2012.

Here is a link to the online version of the story:


The exhibition entitled “Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story,”  designed by Springboard Design and Brett Yasko, was selected by Pittsbuirgh Post-Gazette art critic, Mary Thomas, as best of the year. For the full story, follow this link:


Innovative Ideas for the Point State Park Portal Bridge

to be Exhibited at Carnegie Museum of Art

Dates: October 19 through October 23, 2011

Location: Hall of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Portal to the Point: A Design Ideas Exploration is an ‘Idea Generation Project’ funded by Colcom Foundation.

Five multi-disciplinary teams have focused on public art and design in Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.

– Daniel Burnham, legendary Chicago architect

Innovative visions for Point State Park’s Portal Bridge will be on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of

Architecture. Interdisciplinary teams from across the United States were invited to explore ideas relating to the

form, function, artistic elements and interpretative design of Point State Park’s Portal Bridge and its vicinity.

“The five ‘


Portal to the Point’

projects make no little plans.” says Project Advisor Paul Rosenblatt AIA, Principal ofSpringboard. “They are bold – even visionary – and not afraid to suggest approaches that may or may not be

realistic. But, hopefully, they will stir discussion and excitement about the potential for the Portal Bridge… In that

regard, I think they are all a great success. I can’t wait to share these projects with the public and see whether they

stir Pittsburgh’s blood.”

Colcom Foundation President Tim Inglis believes that the exhibition of these ideas will foster greater appreciation for

the Portal Bridge. Adds Inglis, “I am excited about the potential of these proposals and how they will stimulate

public imagination. Where this leads, time will tell.”

The Portal Bridge is an elevated highway thoroughfare that bisects the park north to south and leads to bridges that

span the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. The focus of this project is the space underneath this overpass (a

dramatic, modern space) and a deliberately undefined area surrounding the portal.

Five teams were selected from a list of North American architects, landscape architects, designers and artists

invited to submit their qualifications. The participating teams, their team leaders and collaborators are:

Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, AR

Team Leader: Marlon Blackwell

Collaborators: dlandstudio; Renfro Design Group; Guy Nordenson & Associates; Kendall Buster

MAYA Design, Pittsburgh, PA

Team Leader: Dutch MacDonald

Collaborators: The Gray Circle, Clear Story


Team Leader: Kate Orff

Collaborators: The Living

Weiss/Manfredi, New York, NY

Team Leaders: Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi

Collaborators: Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Green Shield Ecology; Mark Dion

wHY Architecture, Culver City, CA

Team Leader: Kulapat Yantrasast,

Collaborators: Reed Hilderbrand; WET Design

Point State Park has a long, celebrated and, at times, contentious history. The most visible landmark in Pittsburgh,

it is the subject of countless photographs of the city. It is a place of paramount importance to the history of the

United States, once a significant historical crossing and battleground, a symbol of resistance and independence.

Today, it is the city’s focal point for recreation, celebration and enjoyment, the site of festivals, concerts and

regattas. What will the next generation make of Point State Park?

 Portal to the Point is focused purely on the development of ideas. Whether or not any work is commissioned is outside the scope of this exploration.


To facilitate public feedback and information about the explorations, additional public exhibition of the teams’

presentations will be displayed at multiple Pittsburgh locations to be determined. A public symposium will be held

with the teams, and a book will be created to document the process and the results. The book will be available

online and will establish an extended platform for the dissemination of information about the project.

For hours and admission information, please see the museum website at



.Please address all questions to the Project Advisor, Paul Rosenblatt AIA at Springboard Design –