IKM Inc

Heinz Endowments Office Renovation


Location: Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania
Completion: 2016
Project Area: 7,400 ft2
Market: Commercial
Services: Interior Design, Sustainable Design


The Heinz Endowments’ mission is to help the Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania region thrive as a community, economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally, while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields of their five grant-making programs: Arts & Culture; Children, Youth & Families; Community & Economic Development; Education; and Environment. Widely known for their commitment to sustainability, the Heinz Endowments were interested in renovating their space with an eco-friendly design at the forefront of their solutions.

Desiring thoughtful, innovative and sustainable renovations to their existing office space, the Heinz Endowments retained IKM to provide professional architecture and interior design services for approximately 7,400 square feet of space on the 30th and 31st floors of the EQT Building located in Pittsburgh’s central business district.

The primary focus of the renovation would be the 31st Floor space with designs centered on two principle uses: flexible, collaborative meeting space and additional individual offices. The 30th floor design would possibly reorganize some of the offices and provide a select number of small, break-out meeting rooms.
Program specific areas included: closed offices with glass walls for transparency; small group meeting room, large group meeting room (for 50+); staff and catering kitchen space; and support space. To maximize the use of the space the client also requested flexible furniture options that could be easily reconfigurable.

The proposed design meets all of these goals including an optional “green wall” that was on their wish list.