Foundational Relationships: Strada

Throughout this year, Allen & Shariff is taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the foundational business relationships that we have developed during our first 25 years. As we pause to spend time with our valued friends and partners, we are taking the time to share a little about who they are, the work we’ve done together, and why we’re proud to know them. 

Read about how we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary all year long at

Strada is a cross-disciplinary design firm where experienced architects, interior designers, urban designers, landscape architects, and graphic designers connect and collaborate to build physical spaces that encourage and facilitate social connections. More than a group of designers, Strada is a trusted advisor to its clients, a philosophy shared by Allen & Shariff. The two firms combine their deep industry resources to design any type of building and resolve any challenge.

Allen & Shariff and Strada both take a hands-on approach throughout the entire process, from design through completion of construction. Sustainable practices are built into the work process of both organizations, making resource conservation and healthy cities and communities a given. As both companies continue to grow and evolve, we foresee our partnership continuing for years to come.

“I decided to work with Allen & Shariff because of a strong relationship of trust as well as talented engineers,” says founding principal Alan Cuteri.

Ed Shriver, also a founding principal, said “I decided to work with Allen & Shariff because of similar approaches to project delivery and overall relationships. We both had very collaborative, team-based approaches, and a whatever-it-takes approach to our clients’ challenges.”

Here are some projects that represent our relationship throughout the years.

 Dick’s Sporting Goods Corporate Headquarters
Allen & Shariff provided MEP and Technology engineering design services for this 670,000 square foot new construction project designed for LEED certification. The building, completed for occupation in 2010, serves as the international headquarters for Dick’s Sporting Goods and contains auditoriums, a kitchen and cafes, a fitness center, a complete athletic facility with a basketball court, and office/break rooms. The design included detailed energy analysis and tradeoff studies of various types of HVAC equipment and systems to provide the lowest life cycle cost and to meet LEED requirements for the project. The mechanical systems consist of a central chilled water plant with central hot water generation for heating. This project achieved LEED for New Construction Certification, and won multiple awards, including 2010 Master Builders’ Association (MBA) of Western PA Building Excellence Award, Best New Construction Over $10 Million; 2010 NAIOP Pittsburgh Award of Excellence, Build-to-Suit; and 2010 NAIOP Pittsburgh Award of Excellence, Green Building.

Bakery Square 2.0 – Building A
Allen & Shariff provided MEP/FP/Technology engineering design services for a 6-story, 205,000 square foot office base building core and shell design for a technology hub with high-tech tenants, including Google. The project incorporates a new three-level sky bridge over Penn Avenue to connect to Bakery Square 1.0. The new structure provides Google with room for growth and builds on to the appeal of the district for other tech companies moving to the area. Integrated green infrastructure elements promote sustainable features in an urban setting with rain gardens, a roof that collects rainwater, and a retention pond at ground level. Surrounding bike lanes are protected, and the interior lobby hosts a “living wall” of greenery. Allen & Shariff also provided LEED commissioning and energy modeling services. The project achieved LEED Gold.

University of Pittsburgh Public Safety Building
Allen & Shariff provided MEP/Technology engineering design services for a new 25,000 square foot Public Safety Building that houses the University Police Department and the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). The state-of-the-art communications center connects the University’s more than 70 commissioned law enforcement officers with each other and with city, county, and state public safety agencies, and allows Pitt personnel to monitor conditions throughout the 132-acre campus and the greater Oakland community, as about 40 percent of the calls handled by University police involve non-Pitt personnel. A backup emergency power supply keeps the communications center operational in case severe weather or other emergencies disrupt power. The project features energy-saving electrical and heating equipment and provides the necessary space and facilities for a modern and expanded campus-wide security monitoring and command center.

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