• Trex Commercial Products Track Rail allows for a “barely there” appearance. Custom-designed rolled and raked stainless steel cladding lines the building’s three curved staircases, adding a perfect finishing touch to the space.
  • The five-story, 315,000-square-foot building features glass segmented overlooks and bridges jutting out at different angles, connecting different wings of the new Tepper School of Business.
  • The building’s stairs and curved overlooks feature 1/2” clear fully tempered monolithic glass, providing unobstructed views of the entire space.
  • The wide open staircase blends seamlessly with the glass overlook railings. Wood handrails are attached to the glass infill and complement the sleek, modern architecture of the space.
  • Track Rail glass stair and segmented overlook railings are mechanically fastened to structural steel finished with aluminum cover plates, contributing to the minimalist design.
  • Designed for “planned spontaneity,” the vast, open lobby and dining areas allow students and faculty to easily spot each other.
  • The building’s glass roof provides an abundance of natural light, while complementing the Track Rail’s glass infill installed throughout the building.
  • Situated in the center of campus, Tepper Quad boasts expansive interior views thanks to the more than 1,800 lf of glass Track Rail provided by Trex Commercial Products.
  • Tepper Quad’s angular staircase utilizes 3/4” glass and is strategically tucked to the side, allowing for a more spacious lobby and social areas.
  • Open from floor to ceiling, the design of the space was created to connect people and ideas, offering a learning environment for collaboration and innovation. The natural light throughout improves the well-being of the students and faculty while decreasing stress levels.
  • Unique architectural elements abound at every level. In the fourth- and fifth-floor common areas, the spacious atrium features curved glass overlooks, adding to the distinctive flair of the building.
  • More than 1,800 lf of Track Rail line Tepper Quads multi-level overlooks and stairs.

Carnegie Mellon University – Tepper Quad

Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Architect Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
Contractor PJ Dick
Glazier Specified Systems

Carnegie Mellon University recently opened its largest building on campus, the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, reflecting a new model of higher education that connects teaching, learning, and innovation. The 315,000-square-foot “Tepper Quad” will serve as the new home of the Tepper School of Business while intersecting with the other six Carnegie Mellon colleges and schools. Its modern design, enhanced by Trex Commercial Products Track Rail, emphasizes open spaces, with an abundance of natural light and space for “planned spontaneity” to energize innovation and interconnection.

Photography: Dr. Carlos Corona www.professorcarloscorona.com