PJ Dick

Shady side academy McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation


Client Name: Shady Side Academy
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Delivery System(s): CM at Risk
SF: 25,000-sf new construction, 5,000-sf renovation
Cost: $10.1 million
Completion Date: 2018
Certification: LEED Gold
Architect: Strada Architecture LLC


PJ Dick provided Construction Management at Risk services the construction of 25,000 sf of flexible classroom and lab spaces for Shady Side Academy.

The McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation opened in 2018 as the stunning new home of the Senior School Science Department. The LEED Gold building provides students with a college-level learning spaces and study areas. The facility features:

– 10 flexible classroom/lab spaces for physics, biology and chemistry, featuring college-level lab equipment

– Special project room adjacent to faculty offices, separated by a glass partition, giving students supervised access to research space throughout the school day

– A commons area that provides a comfortable space for students to study or hang out between classes

– Sustainable features that reduce environmental impact while creating teaching opportunities, such as a rooftop solar array and monitoring system, and a rain garden to collect storm runoff.

– An outdoor amphitheater provides an ideal interdisciplinary space for classes, performances, and guest lectures