Duquesne University, A.J. Palumbo Center Renovation

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    DRS Architects, Inc.


    Duquesne University

  • AREA

    15,938 sq.ft.





Twenty years of growth at Duquesne University made the athletic training facilities and coaches’ offices tired and crowded.

A decision was made to renovate the underutilized racquetball courts and, by inserting a mezzanine level, create additional floor space within the existing structure. This third level houses the offices for the athletic director, men’s ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$111.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas women’s basketball coaches and their staffs. The area has views to an outdoor practice area, providing daylight for the offices. In addition, a welcoming reception area, conference room and coaches’ locker areas were provided.

On the second level, a new weight-training area for Duquesne athletes was developed with rubber flooring, splashes of invigorating color and new high-tech equipment.

Adjacent to this area, the team trainers have new wet and dry therapy areas, equipment storage, workout areas, a private exam room and much-improved offices. The recruitment area sports a massive colonnade that shelters comfortable seating. Just outside the recruitment center, a lounge is situated conveniently to provide catered food service for events, as well as casual seating between workouts.