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Top 10 Carnegie Mellon University Buildings You Need to Know

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April Ann Quiñones
26 Sep 2018
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The Carnegie Mellon University is highly recognized for its top-ranked disciplines in Computer Science, engineering, music and theatre, robotics, and arts. This private, global research University also has a strong record of building environmentally friendly facilities, thus completing the LEED certification. Here are some beautiful buildings in Carnegie Mellon University to watch out for:

1. Hamburg Hall

The phase 2 of the Hamburg hall project has earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for the U.S Green Building Council. Although this project was targeting the LEED Silver certification, it was able to earn the Gold certification. This is due to its use of energy efficient and sustainable materials. This $3.5 million project includes the construction of a 150-seat classroom that is styled as an auditorium located in the former parking lot. Phase 2 also features an outdoor patio on the roof and construction of an ADA-compliant entrance from Forbes entrance to the Hamburg Hall. The existing infrastructures were also updated to meet the current building codes. The second phase of the Hamburg hall  

2. Posner Center

The Posner Center is located between the Tepper School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. It was constructed as a loving memory gift from Henry and Helen Posner Jr to his parents, Henry and Ida Posner Sr. This center is the home of a collection of historic books of science, classic literature, and arts by Henry and Ida Posner Sr. The Boardroom of the Posner Center also houses the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees. The Posner Center is located between the Tepper School of Business and College of Fine Arts

3. Doherty Hall

After many transformations, the Doherty hall has become a state-of-art chemical engineering laboratory. 5 floors of modern research labs for various departments were also added. Also included are the facilities for optical microscopy, computational modeling, etc. This building is LEED certified because of its low-energy design. It is no wonder this institution is among the World’s most celebrated educational institutions there are. The Doherty hall of Carnegie University has been transformed

4. 300 South Craig

This $7 million project achieved LEED Silver certification in 2007. The project used salvaged material as well as a desiccant wheel which helps in moisture control. The building was designed into classrooms and offices for the School of Computer Sciences. The project also consisted of an addition of the ground floor retail space near the university. 300 South Craig was designed to house offices and classrooms for the School of Computer Sciences

5. Scott Hall

The Scott Hall is the home of Wilton E. Scott Institute which houses offices as well as lab and research facilities. The Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott hall also consists of a 1000sf clean room. Other key project targets included indoor air quality measures, envelope commissioning, and a 13000sf green roof. While the project anticipated a LEED Silver certification, it achieved a LEED Gold. The Scott Hall houses the Wilton. E Scott  Institute for energy innovation

6. Newell Simon Hall

Named after the late Herber A. Simon and Allen Newell, the Newell Simon Hall is located in the north-western part of Carnegie Mellon University. It is a new building for the School of Computer Science and was built on top of Buildings C and D. It houses meeting facilities, offices, and labs for the Institute of Human-Computer Interaction, Language Technology Institute, and Robotics Institute. This building is also the home to a food court and an auditorium. There is also a bridge between the other School of Computer Science Building (Wean Hall) and the Newell Simon Hall. The Newell Simon Hall is right in the Northwestern part of the campus

7. Gates Center for Computer Science

The Gates Center is the cornerstone for the Computer Science Complex of the Carnegie Mellon University. The project was made possible by Bill Gates, who is the founder and former CEO of Microsoft and his wife Melinda Gates. The building has become home to three School of Computer Science departments. It also consists of offices, conference rooms, closed project rooms, open collaborative spaces as well as a reading room. Other features include roof gardens and material collisions. It achieved a LEED Gold certification. The Gates Center houses the Computer Science Complex

8. Carnegie Mellon Cafe

The Carnegie Mollen cafe comes in handy for students as it offers a full menu at reasonable prices. It earned a 2008 LEED Gold Commercial Interiors 2.0 Rating. What makes this cafe special is the variety of dining options it offers. It is especially convenient for students in Donner house or ‘The hill.’ Carnegie Mollen cafe comes in handy for students at The Hill

9. Tepper Quad

Designed to house the Tepper School of Business, the Tepper Quadrangle project is anticipated to intersect 6 other Carnegie schools. The project will include a University welcome center, fitness center, multi-use forum, and a 600-seat auditorium. There will also be a cafe, coffee bar, 130 parking spaces under the building and 290 parking spaces on the surface. The Tepper Quad is designed with specialized areas for programs like the Technology Enhances Learning (TEL) and Entrepreneurship center. The Tepper Quad is the school's newest building.

10. Henderson Wellness House

Located on “The Hill”, this community wellness house is part of Carnegie Mellon University. This house offers students the opportunity to live in a community that holds people with similar interests and are committed to practicing holistic wellness. This includes physical fitness, good nutrition, mental and spiritual health as well as social-life balance. It offers both single and double style rooms with amenities like laundry facilities, fitness room, air conditioning, TV, recreation room, study room, and more. The Henderson Wellness has achieved LEED certified, which helps to minimize carbon footprint and waste at the University. Henderson is located on The Hill of the Campus

Interesting Facts About Carnegie Mellon University

There is no doubt that Carnegie Mellon University is famous for its engineering and science programs. However, unknown to many, the campus has quite other interesting, fun facts. Here are some that will blow your mind.

1. Buggy

The Buggy is an annual race at the University where student groups build aerodynamic cylinders also known as ‘pushmobiles.’ The teams push the cylinders through a mile course and strive to win. The team with the smartest designers, engineers, and athletes will have the advantage of winning. The Buggy can reach speeds of up to 40mph

2. The Fence

Carnegie Mellon also boosts of having “The Fence”, which is located in the middle of the University. Originally, it was a wooden fence, which then collapsed in 1993. This wooden fence was branded “World’s most painted object” by Guinness Book of World Records. A new fence was reconstructed with concrete and reinforced steel. The new fence is made of concrete and reinforced steel

3. Booth

Booth is an annual tradition where groups of students build booths with the aim to raise money for charity. This includes building the booths’ the wooden foundation, designing the interiors and exteriors, and painting the models. In order to achieve the best booth, the student’s organization spends hours a week working on the project. Each student group strives to achieve the best boots

4. Scene for Dark Knight Rises

Believe it or not, the prison break scene in the movie Dark Knight Rises was filmed right outside the Mellon Institute. Mellon Institute is the research building for the Chemistry Department at the University. Summer programs had the opportunity to see the filming on Forbes Avenue. Catwoman Hathaway  filming at the Carnegie Mellon University

5. Steam Tunnels

At the Carnegie Mellon are several steam tunnels that connect buildings in the Campus. The steam tunnels are out of bounds for students, and they are only used during hazardous situations like snow storms.      

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