Shady Side Academy McIlroy Center
Allen + Shariff provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services for the Shady Side Academy McIlroy Center, a new, two-story, 22,000 square foot STEM building located on a 130 acre campus in the Fox Chapel suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. The $11 million project included flexible classroom/lab spaces for physics, biology, and chemistry, and larger spaces for research, collaboration, and independent study. A multipurpose room/lounge was also part of the building, as well as an outdoor amphitheater for classes, lectures and events. As the new cornerstone of campus, the McIlroy Center is the first thing visitors see when they enter the property. The space will be utilized not only for instruction, but, with the new outdoor amphitheater, as a gathering space for students, faculty, and visitors both inside and out.
The Mcilroy Center for Science and Technology incorporated sustainable features designed to reduce environmental impact, including a rain garden to collect storm runoff and rooftop solar panels to supply electricity to the grid, energy-efficient windows, water-saving plumbing, and motion-sensitive lighting. Strada Architecture was the architect for this project. This building achieved LEED Gold certification.