University of Pittsburgh, Falk Laboratory School

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Perkins Eastman


    University of Pittsburgh

  • AREA

    67,000 sq.ft.





An extension of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, the Falk Laboratory School is a private K-8 laboratory whose primary mission is educating its students and furthering the broader development of future educators and the learning processes they employ.

The historic facility designed by Benno Janssen and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$224.88CITATIONCombined-Level School CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized in 1931 housed a total of 275 students in a 28,000-square-foot facility.

This addition and renovation is an honest and exciting juxtaposition of old and new that represents the inquisitive culture of the school, its students and parent community. The 39,000-square-foot addition and renovation of the existing facility enables the school to accommodate two full rounds in each grade and a total enrollment of more than 400 students.

A creative repositioning of outdoor space expanded teaching and recreation, plus created a secondary circulation path between primary academic areas of the facility, as well as the existing building and new addition.

"Interesting juxtaposition of old and new. Good transparency between the different learning spaces. Captivating view out toward the city."--2011 jury