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Mundania Horvath’s impressive new blog, Steeltown Anthem, has just added Springboard to its blog roll: http://steeltownanthem.wordpress.com/

What is Steeltown Anthem?  Horvath writes: “Steeltown Anthem is a blog dedicated to art, design and architecture in the
Pittsburgh area. This site is my small attempt and contribution to show everyone all the creative style and energy that is happening in our city. This site encompasses graphic design, architecture, crafts, furniture, decor and interior design in our area. Steeltown Anthem is run by local resident and graphic designer Mundania Horvath. Mundania moved back to the city in March and saw all the amazing progress the steeltown made after being gone for 5 years! She fell in love with the city all over again and wanted to write about all the innovative design happening in the area.”

We are delighted to be a part of Steeltown Anthem, part of the ‘innovative design’ that Horvath found when she returned, and wanted you to see it, too!

Oh, and by the way, Paul Rosenblatt’s vinyl record blog is also on the blog roll at Steeltown Anthem: blog.vinylrecordarchitect.com


Another nice story – much shorter than the one in the Tribune-Review yesterday – appeared last week in POP City: http://www.popcitymedia.com/devnews/nationalaviary082510.aspx

If you are not familiar with POP City, you should be! It is an informative and well-designed inline weekly, graced with beautiful photography by Brian Cohen.

Here is their mission statement:

“Launched in March of 2006, Pop City is a weekly e-magazine and website that connects you–and the rest of the world–with the people and places that are making Pittsburgh such a lively, diverse and livable city. We write about technology and innovation news, job growth, development and nonprofit news, arts and culture and how a local tech company is thriving and hiring. To help you better navigate our city, we feature neighborhood guides and a weekly selection of arts and cultural events. Sign up to get Pop City every Wednesday.”


Well, friends, Springboard will definitely be broadcast all across the country (world?) on HGTV this fall. The question is exactly when! As you may recall, HGTV’s ‘Bang For Your Buck’ selected Springboard’s ‘Loft /House’ to be featured on its  upcoming ‘Pittsburgh Master Bathrooms’ episode. The segment was filmed in June and the producer expects that the segment will be broadcast in September, 2010. She sent us a link to check for dates and times.


So, keep an eye out for Springboard on HGTV. We are told that the footage of the house looks great and that we come across well on TV!

Whether they liked what we built -well, you’ll just have to tune in to find out!

Stay tuned.

Springboard Design’s Loft / House will be featured on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s Bang For Your Buck.  Filming is scheduled for June, 2010.

Bang For Your Buck is a half-hour series that focuses on three homeowners from the same city who renovate the same room of the house with the same budget. After the renovation, experts determine the value of each home, dramatically revealing whose remodeling choices were good investment decisions.

According to HGTV, “We are bombarded with so many beautiful home renovation ideas, not only is it difficult to decide what we want, but it’s hard to determine which choices provide the greatest return on investment. Bang For Your Buck has the concrete answers on remodeling value and how to get the most out of any renovation budget.”

In this episode, Springboard Principal Paul Rosenblatt and his family will focus on the design of the Master Bathroom of their Loft / House renovation.

Almost invisible from the street, Springboard’s contemporary loft / house addition triples the size of an existing vintage 1917 Pittsburgh house. The spaces include a studio for a quilt artist, a living/dining room, and a master bedroom suite. The design features three floors, with 24 foot wide, column-free spans, and a 30 foot tall glass window wall facing a garden. Exterior materials include corrugated aluminum siding and painted cementitious panels. Conceptually, the design morphs a steel-and-aluminum industrial loft building archetype onto a traditionally gabled, masonry home. The fusion is surgical, removing the rear half of the gable to create a new, open-plan third floor. One existing, small bedroom is transformed into a dramatic, double-height hall for the new stairway, with a new skylight marking the transition space. The spacious master bath, with jacuzzi tub, shower, his and her sinks, and plentiful storage is covered in frosted sea-foam glass tile to complement the airy feel of the bedroom suite. Naturally-colored bamboo floors and recessed lighting maximize the lightness of the space and uninterrupted views to the outside.

Their design ideas, before and after photographs, and the remodeling value of the plan will be revealed when the episode airs later in 2010. (Date to be announced)

On May 19, 2010,  The National Aviary will mark the progress of its $18.5 million expansion and renovation with a topping off ceremony and raising of the project’s final steel beam.

This phase of the project includes construction of the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater for live bird presentations, films and educational programming; the creation of new facades and grand entrance along Arch Street; a new Café with indoor and outdoor seating; an open-air rooftop Sky Deck for raptor lure-flying demonstrations and special events; and a new education classroom. Significant renovations to the existing facility are also taking place.

The Aviary’s expansion and renovation are a project of Springboard Design of Pittsburgh and New York, and are being done with the goal of achieving LEED certification for green design. Work is expected to be completed in September 2010.

“The FliteZone Theater will be the nation’s first indoor educational theater designed to incorporate free-flight bird demonstrations as a critical part of conservation education programming,” says Patrick Mangus, executive director of the National Aviary. “Conservation-focused classes and presentations will be designed to help educate visitors about individual bird species, and about the importance of wildlife, biodiversity and the preservation of natural habitats.

In addition to meeting LEED green building criteria, the project is also being developed as a model for bird-friendly design standards.

“Millions of birds die each year from collisions with glass windows, lobbies and entrance spaces because flying birds read windows as small as 12 inches as an open void, and will attempt to fly through,” says Paul Rosenblatt, founding principal, Springboard Design. ”The National Aviary expansion will employ extensive use of fritted glass, a material that employs a barely visible dot pattern. Fritted glass admits light in, while appearing opaque enough from the exterior for birds to recognize the glass as a surface, not a transparent space. The facility’s airy new entry will demonstrate that it is possible to create light-filled spaces that are also bird-friendly.”

Springboard was recently selected to create a new operations center for Pittsburgh’s   United Cerebral Palsy service organization, UCP/CLASS,  that will be called their ‘Centre East’ building.  The 32,000 sf building located on Braddock Avenue between Edgewood and Swissvale, will house several major components of UCP Pittsburgh’s administration,  freeing up space in their Oakland building for more client programs and service.

Springboard’s approach to the renovation of the Centre East building will be to transform an existing big box retail space into a flexible, environmentally friendly, and accessible workplace/training center. One of the main goals of UCP Pittsburgh is to “build a community for everyone,” according to UCP CEO Al Condelucci PhD.  “The problem is how typical people in the community come to see and know people with disabilities,”  writes Dr. Condelucci in his book The Essence of Interdependence (Lash Publishing, 2008). Centre East will  raise the profile of UCP/CLASS in the community and help  to break down barriers to understanding.

Centre East is being designed as a LEED Silver building.

The National Aviary’s new Penguin Point exhibition was selected as  a Finalist in the 2009 Building Excellence Award competition. Penguin Point, completed in May, 2009, was part of the Phase 1 of the National Aviary’s multi-phased expansion plan.  Springboard developed this expansion plan and collaborated with PGAV on the design of Penguin Point and related interior spaces including a renovated Main Hall. Contractor for Penguin Point was Mascaro Construction.

The National Aviary is just about to start construction of Phase 2 of their expansion. Phase 2 – dubbed Project Phoenix – includes the construction of an Avian Theater, Education Center, Building Holding Building, Cafe and Gift Shop. Anticipated completion of Phase 2 is scheduled for Fall, 2010.

Paul Rosenblatt AIA and Matt Fineout AIA Announce Formation of ‘Museum Architecture Team’ (M.A.T.) with Offices in New York and Pittsburgh

Award-Winning Architects Create New Museum Programming, Planning and Design Division of Springboard

Pittsburgh, Pa. (May 1, 2009) – Two of Pennsylvania’s leading architects, Paul Rosenblatt AIA and Matt Fineout AIA have announced the formation of a new division of Springboard Design. The division, called ‘Museum Architecture Team’ (M.A.T.), is a strategic design consultancy focused on the programming, planning, and design of growing museums worldwide.

The Museum Architecture Team (M.A.T.) has offices in New York at 18 West 18th Street, 9th Floor, 10011, and Pittsburgh, 24 Terminal Way, 15219. Co-Director Paul Rosenblatt can be reached at both offices by calling 412 855-6901.

“Our collaboration creates a wonderful synergy,” said Paul Rosenblatt AIA, Co-Director of M.A.T. and Founding Principal of Springboard. “Matt’s strong background in museum design and development will enhance Springboard’s drive to become one of the nation’s leading designers of sustainable museums and cultural facilities such as libraries, community centers, concert halls, multimedia centers and other tourist attractions.”

Architecture is a cultural product and a reflection of a project’s place and time. Springboard Architecture Communication Design LLC was formed to stimulate, inspire, create and produce new architecture, clear communication, and innovative design. Springboard’s mission is to serve as a catalyst to ‘springboard’ our client’s visions and help them to realize their strategic goals. For more information on Springboard, visit www.springboarddesign.net.

Mr. Fineout, who is best known for his work on Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain, comes to this alliance with a wealth of relevant experience and expertise.  Immediately prior to announcing this collaboration with Springboard, he worked as a Principal and Partner at EDGE Studio. In that role, he was involved in the design efforts for several award-winning cultural facilities including the New Hazlett Theater, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Service Building, and the Main Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Mr. Fineout earned his Masters of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, and his Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Michigan.

Mr. Rosenblatt is best known for having established Springboard as one of the regions’ most innovative architectural firms focused on the design of sustainable museums and cultural facilities. Currently, he is designing a $23 million expansion of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, the world’s first LEED certified aviary. Other notable cultural clients include The Maridon Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Children’s Museum Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the A.E. Backus Museum, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. He is a recipient of the distinguished Orville Lance Prize for Architecture from the National Academy of Design in New York. Mr. Rosenblatt earned both his Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Art degrees from Yale University.

“I am extremely interested in the M.A.T. strategy and it’s potential to provide unique design solutions within the museum and cultural institution communities,” said Mr. Fineout. “I believe this is a great opportunity to collaborate with Paul and his Springboard team to provide design services to the cultural community. I think the experience and knowledge that Paul and I bring to cultural projects is uniquely suited to provide solutions to the issues and challenges that face these institutions today. I look forward to my continuing collaboration with Paul and Springboard with a commitment to providing the highest level of service to these institutions.”

Springboard celebrates and advances the development of cultural facilities, places for the creation, production and dissemination of culture. Springboard was founded as a Limited Liability Corporation in 2001 and is a full-service architectural firm focused on museum planning, exhibitions, and cultural facility development.