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Springboard Design’s Creative Director, Petra Fallaux, has been selected as one of three jurors for Quilt National ’17, the 20th biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts. The exhibition, located in Athens, OH, will be open to the public May 28th 2017 through September 4, 2017; visitors will see a collection of never before exhibited works from talented fiber artists representing states and foreign countries.

More than 6,000 visitors are expected from all over the world to see Quilt National ‘17. Although parts of the collection will travel to museums and galleries throughout the country until late 2018, the Dairy Barn Arts Center, located in Athens at 8000 Dairy Lane, is the only exhibition venue where visitors can view the complete collection.

Check out more here!


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Back by popular demand, the Pop-Up Record Sale has been extended. We’re keeping the 120 SF Gallery open during Springboard Design’s business hours (9AM-5PM Mon-Fri) through the end of the month. Feel free to drop in and check out the collection!

What:  Paul’s Vinyl Record Sale
When:  Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM through the end of December 2015.
(Closed for the Holidays: Dec 25th and Jan 1st).
Where: 120SF Gallery inside Springboard Design Studio (1931 Sidney Street)
Cost:  Vinyl Records for $1 EACH.
Special Deal: 25 Records for $20

We hope to see you soon!

We hope you will join us for the opening of the latest art exhibit, juried by Springboard Design Creative Director Petra Fallaux and Patricia Maurides on Friday, November 13, 2015, 5:30-9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh PA 15232.

The Pittsburgh Society of Artists is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a strong exhibit in the first floor galleries of the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. Petra Fallaux and Patricia Maurides selected 55 works of art by 47 artists from a pool of 200 pieces of art submitted by 106 artists. Four artists chosen by the jurors will receive awards at the reception.

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Hello Friends,

This month we’d like to share a recent Springboard Design collaboration: The West End Vacant School Study, a 120 page adaptive reuse and market analysis report commissioned by the West End Alliance and supported by the Design Center of Pittsburgh.

The West End Vacant School Study

Springboard Design led a team that studied the current conditions of four vacant schools within Pittsburgh’s District 2, and presented site-specific opportunities to redevelop these sites into important community assets. As we learned through public forums with the local community, there is common interest in reusing these vacant buildings to spark neighborhood revitalization efforts in a way that positively impacts the nearby residents and the vitality of the district as a whole. Our partners in this project were Integra Realty Resources and Jeffrey King Architecture.

Concerns about several prominent but empty properties led The West End Alliance to seek the help of the Design Center of Pittsburgh to commission an adaptive reuse and market analysis study in early 2014.  Springboard Design assembled a team to produce this study in the summer of 2014, and a Steering Committee of representative community members was appointed. Interested parties provided feedback, attended various planning and brainstorming sessions, and public forums. Together we evaluated alternatives for the community’s consideration.

Each of the schools was once a vibrant part of their respective neighborhoods, but had to be abandoned for various reasons. Three of the Pittsburgh Public Schools [Schaeffer Primary in Crafton Heights; Schaeffer Intermediate (known locally as the Sheraden School) in Sheraden; and Thaddeus Stevens in Elliott] were closed in 2012/2013 in order to consolidate students into larger facilities. A number of years earlier, two school buildings and the convent on the Holy Innocents Catholic Church property in Sheraden had also been vacated.  The specific goal of Springboard Design’s Study is focused on the conditions, marketability, and best potential uses for these school buildings. In addition, we hope our research will build a conceptual foundation for how District 2 can position itself for a thriving future.

The West End Vacant School Study is comprised of extensive site research and building analyses. A series of maps show local contextual conditions in the immediate surroundings of each school. Site plans, floor plans, elevations, building and engineering reports of the properties provide a comprehensive set of information about the existing conditions within each property.

Armed with an extensive market analysis of the properties and neighborhoods, the Study purposes new uses for three of the four properties. These “test fits” include proposed building plans and renderings of some of their potential uses.

Funding for the project was provided by District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, the Office of Mayor Peduto and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and was administered through the Design Center of Pittsburgh’s Design Fund Program.

Digital Copies of the the West End Vacant School Study are available upon request.
Please email Paul Rosenblatt if you are interested.
Edited by Cassandra Osterman and Paul Rosenblatt AIA


This Halloween, Springboard Design’s “local vinyl legend” Paul Rosenblatt joins Pete K. behind the decks to bring you a set of vintage pop and soul on 45s and LPs that is guaranteed to make you move, with songs from young, hip whippersnappers like Otis Redding, James Brown, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, the Surfaris, the Beach Boys (Capital), and many, many more.

What:  Night of the Living Dead 60s Soul, Pop and Surf Dance Party
When:  Saturday, October 31, Open at 3 p.m.;
Soul Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where:  The Independent (1704-1706 Shady Ave)
Cost:  FREE ADMISSION; $3 Tacos at starting at 9 p.m. to Midnight

From 3-9 p.m., it’s business as usual at the Independent, with normal hours and dinner service.  Then, at 9 p.m., the dining room will be cleared to make room for you to do the watusi, the mashed-potato, the shake, the hitchhike, the Madison, or whatever 60s novelty dance is your move of choice.
See you at the Independent.

Photo by Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media

Photo by Stephanie Strasburg | Trib Total Media

This weekend’s grand opening of the newly renovated Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh caught the attention of many Pittsburgh news outlets.

“Architect Paul Rosenblatt and his team from Springboard Design designed the center, which included a benchmarking process against other similar centers and engaging the stakeholders and community to help guide both the site selection and design process.” – Lauri Grotstein, NEXT Pittsburgh

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh opens to the public Wednesday, Oct. 21st 2015. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Here are the links to the articles (so far): NEXT PittsburghTrib Total Media, Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Creator Square is on a roll, and the conversation continues at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) 2015 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, October 23rd (2:15-3:30)

Paul Rosenblatt and a panel of the Creator Square team will present “Crafting Community: Building Living Studios and a New Maker Network.” Speakers include Donald M. Bonk (Principal, Good Future Innovation), Angela Rizzo (Executive Director, Bottleworks Art Center & Museum), and Mike Kane (President, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies).

The MAAM 2015 Annual Conference brings together a broad cross-section of professionals to share their experiences in building and expanding communities, improving collaborations, accessing new fiscal resources, developing entrepreneurial techniques, creating inclusive experiences and more.

Over the course of many years, Springboard Design has been responsible for developing Creator Square Johnstown, establishing the program for an artisan residency community, and designing the renovations to the new center in Johnstown, PA. Creator Square Johnstown is a key component of the city’s growing artisan population- stimulating urban revitalization, economic development, and job-skills training by engaging community members with new economy makers. Paul recently presented at Pittsburgh’s Maker Faire 2015, a community-based learning event which features local innovations in technology, art, craft, electronics, engineering, and other projects.


One of Springboard Design’s most recent projects is opening to the public this weekend!

Join us at the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh on
Sunday October 18, 2015 (5 p.m.-7 p.m.)
The evening will include the premiere of an original exhibition
“In Celebration of Life: Living Legacy Project”.

Location: Squirrel Hill Plaza | 826 Hazelwood Avenue
Please RSVP here.


This weekend, Springboard Design’s Paul Rosenblatt will be presenting “Building Living Studios and a New Maker Network” as part of the over 200 exhibits, performances, and presentations showcased at the 2015 Pittsburgh Maker Faire.

The focus of the presentations, held from 2:00-2:20 Saturday or 3:30-3:50 Sunday, will be the development of Creator Square Johnstown, an artisan residency community based in Johnstown, PA. Springboard Design is responsible for having established the center and designing its renovations. Creator Square Johnstown is a key component of the city’s growing artisan population- stimulating urban revitalization, economic development, and job-skills training by engaging community members with new economy makers.

Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker! The Faire features technology, art, craft, electronics, engineering, and other projects created by makers themselves, including student projects, robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles, unusual tools or machines and more.

Please join us at the Speaker Stage at Nova Place, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, this weekend!