Project Details

The MuseumLab project consisted of exterior and interior renovations to historic Allegheny Regional Branch of the Carnegie Library.  It is an extension of the Children's Museum providing maker/workshop space, office space for Museum partners, flexible gallery space, and space for the Manchester Academic Charter Middle School.  

  • Renovation
  • 45,364 square feet
  • 12 months of construction
  • Designed to meet WELL Building standards
  • isUD (innovative solutions for universal design) certification
  • LEED® Gold certification
  • Construction manager at risk

Below is a listing of the awards the MuseumLab has received.

  • 2020 Best of Design for Adaptive Reuse, Architect’s Newspaper
  • 2020 Dezeen Award for the Civic and Cultural Interiors of the Year
  • 2020 Dezeen Public Vote Winner, Civic and Cultural Interior 
  • 2020 SXSW finalist Learn By Design 
  • 2020 The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Construction Rehabilitation,  Preservation Pennsylvania
  • 2020 Museums and Cultural Buildings Category, American Architectural Award, Chicago Athenaeum’s 
  • 2020 Architectural Excellence Honor Award for Interior Architecture, American Institute of Architects, Pennsylvania
  • 2020 Silver Award, Large Category, American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter   
  • 2020 American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Typology: Adaptive Reuse/Renovation/Historical Preservation
  • 2020 Architizer A+ Award, Cultural-Museum category, jury-selected
  • 2020 Architizer A+ Awards, 2020 Special Nominee
  • 2020 Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums 
  • 2020 Australian Institute of Architects International Award for Heritage Architecture
  • 2020 Australian Institute of Architects International Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2019 Universal Design certificate (first ever in US) from the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) at the University of Buffalo 
  • 2019 Building Excellence Award, Renovation Construction Over $10 million, Finalist, Master Builders’ Association 
  • 2019 Vanguard Award, Green Building Alliance
  • 2018 Visionary Place, ULI Pittsburgh 6th Annual Placemaking Awards of Excellence

Additionally, Mascaro was the construction manager for the original expansion project that linked the existing Children’s Museum to the abandoned Buhl Planetarium building to more than triple its size.  Other projects Mascaro completed for the museum includes: cafe, store, and other miscellaneous renovations; plaster repairs to the dome area; renovations to the Waterplay Exhibit; removal of bridge artwork; and lobby renovations. The Children's Museum is LEED® Silver.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Owner: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Client Testimonial

“This project excels in every criteria: embracing project teamwork, meeting complex challenges head on, providing innovative solutions to meet sustainability and energy goals, and providing a safe environment throughout the construction process. Most important to us, was the ability of Mascaro and its subcontractors and vendors to deliver and meet our vision for the MuseumLab project.” 

Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum Pittsburgh

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