Swanson School of Engineering
The Swanson School of Engineering is the engineering school of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1846, The Swanson School of Engineering is the second or third oldest in the United States; the Swanson School of Engineering evolved out of the Western University of Pennsylvania, the former name of the University of Pittsburgh, offering specialized engineering subjects to students, although they were still required complete their classical requirements. The first graduates in these engineering subjects were Isaac Morley and J. B. Stilly in 1846. Separate degree programs in mechanical and civil engineering were announced in 1868, four year degrees resulting in separate engineering degrees were first implemented in 1870; the school was the university's response to the years surrounding the Civil War that transformed Pittsburgh's industrial base from regional to international. Degrees in civil engineering and mechanical engineering were offered beginning in 1868. Mining engineering was added in 1869 and Electrical Engineering in 1890.
In 1909, the metallurgical engineering department was established, followed by the chemical engineering department and the world's first petroleum engineering department in 1910, with its first degree conferred in 1915. The undergraduate cooperative education program was initiated that year; the industrial engineering department was established in 1921 and the safety engineering program in 1930. The bioengineering department was added in 1998. In 2007 the school was renamed to the Swanson School of Engineering after John A. Swanson, founder of the computer software firm ANSYS, donated $41.3 million to the school. The Swanson School of Engineering offers undergraduate, graduate degrees, doctorates in 6 academic departments: Bioengineering Chemical and Petroleum engineering Civil and Environmental engineering Electrical and Computer engineering Industrial engineering Mechanical engineering and Materials scienceAcademic programs offered by the school included Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering.
Research centers housed in the school include: The Center for Energy The Center for Research Computing The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation The Petersen Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering The Lubrizol Innovation Laboratory The University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy is a research center housed in the Swanson School of Engineering, dedicated to improving energy technology development and energy sustainability. Comprising more than 70 faculty members and 200 students and postdocs, the center was scheduled to be housed on a floor of Benedum Hall undergoing a $15 million renovation; the center was created in 2008 to bring together energy innovators across a range of engineering and academic disciplines. It sought to develop stronger collaborations with energy industry partners in the Western Pennsylvania; the center's faculty focus on five key areas of research that include energy delivery and reliability, carbon management and utilization, high-temperature and other advanced materials, energy efficiency, unconventional gas resources.
In 2003, through funding from Jack Mascaro, the Heinz Endowments, the George Bevier Estate, the Swanson School of Engineering established the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, resulting in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. Ten individuals have served in the position of the Dean of the School of Engineering over its history. Bioengineering - Sanjeev Shroff Chemical and Petroleum - Steven R. Little Civil and Environmental - Radisav Vidic Electrical and Computer - Alan D. George Industrial - Bopaya Bidanda Mechanical and Materials Science - Brian Gleeson Wanda Austin, PhD — Retired President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation and interim president of University of Southern California Donna Blackmond, PhD — Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute and member of the National Academy of Engineering John Choma— — Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics at the University of Southern California Bob Colwell — electrical engineer, the chief architect on the Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4 microprocessors Reginald Fessenden — Inventor and sonar pioneer who developed insulation for electrical wires, built first wireless telephone, transmitted the first audio radio broadcast Michael Lovell — President of Marquette University Jay Nunamaker, PhD — Regents and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communications, University of Arizona John A. Swanson — founder of the computer software firm ANSYS, Inc. and recipient of the John Fritz Medal Department of Industrial Engineering's Manufacturing Assistance Center Fitterer, George Raymond.
A history of the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering 1846-2004. Pittsburgh, PA: Cathedral Publishing. ISBN 1-887969-13-6. Homepage of the Swanson School of Engineering Center for Energy Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy is the graduate pharmacy school of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, United States. Founded in 1878, it offers Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, as well as a residency training program; the school is one of the university's six schools of the health sciences and is ranked in the top 10 of pharmacy schools according to U. S. News & World Report; the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy was chartered on September 23, 1878, is the oldest of the University of Pittsburgh's schools of the health sciences. An independent college named the Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy, on April 16, 1896, the college became affiliated with, a department of, the Western University of Pennsylvania, the name of the University of Pittsburgh until 1908. In 1908, The Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy purchased and merged the Scio College of Pharmacy located in Scio and adopted its alumni. Over the years The Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy grew closer to the university, on January 26, 1948, the two formally merged, transforming the pharmacy college into the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Today the School of Pharmacy is located on the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh and is situated in Salk Hall, same building where Jonas Salk developed the first vaccine against polio. The primary educational tracks at the School of Pharmacy are its four year PharmD program and its graduate programs. Central aspects of Pitt's School of Pharmacy include its emphasis on the integration of science and practice throughout the course of study, emphasis on team building through collaborative learning, a service learning program, its innovative methods of instruction delivery; the School of Pharmacy provides a unique Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist Program that educates scientists to conduct translational and patient-oriented research and the GEAR-UP program to educate students about pharmaceutical research. The School of Pharmacy offers a residency program for pharmacy and specialized in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the UPMC Health Plan, CVS Caremark, Rite Aid.
The School of Pharmacy research endeavors range from molecular genetics to human clinical research and patient-care outcomes. The school is a major center for pharmaceutical research as evidenced by its consist ranking among the top schools of pharmacy in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health. Research centers within the School of Pharmacy include the Center for Pharmacogenetics, the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research, the Center for Pharmacoinformatics and Outcomes Research; the School houses the Cell Imaging Core of the Center for Reproductive Science, a Neuroendocrinology Research Consortium, as well as considerable chemistry expertise in the Drug Discovery Institute of the University. Through its collaboration with UPMC, School of Pharmacy faculty members lead the combined Pittsburgh Poison and Drug Information Center; the School of Pharmacy is composed of three units: the Office of the Dean, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
Instruction for the professional and graduate courses in the School of Pharmacy occurs in Salk Hall, in shared classrooms and in a dedicated teaching laboratory. Research laboratories are located on the fifth through eighth floors and the tenth floor of Salk Hall; the ninth and eleventh floors house faculty and administrative offices exclusively. Faculty members have laboratory facilities in the Biomedical Science Tower 3 as part of the Drug Discovery Institute; some faculty members have offices in Scaife Hall, Lothrop Hall, Falk Clinic as well as in UPMC hospitals, the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System hospitals, in proximity to their patient care practices. Off-site faculty and staff offices are located in the Birmingham Towers on the South Side. Along with the five other schools of the health sciences, the School of Pharmacy is adjacent to and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which provides care through the Pennsylvania's largest network of tertiary and community hospitals.
Collectively, these facilities provide a comprehensive center for teaching, patient care, research in the health sciences. The School operates the Elmer H. Grimm Sr. Pharmacy Museum, which opened in the fall of 1996. Located on the fourth floor of Salk Hall, the museum holds pharmacy memorabilia such as drug products and sundry products dating back to the early 20th century. Among the museums possessions are two hand-carved finials, which were found over the door or partitions that separated the main art of the pharmacy from the back room where pharmacists did most of their work, an old-fashioned powder mill, a konseal machine. Julius Arnold Koch Official website
Pennsylvania the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle; the Commonwealth is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, New Jersey to the east. Pennsylvania is the 33rd-largest state by area, the 6th-most populous state according to the most recent official U. S. Census count in 2010, it is the 9th-most densely populated of the 50 states. Pennsylvania's two most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh; the state capital and its 10th largest city is Harrisburg. Pennsylvania has 140 miles of waterfront along the Delaware Estuary; the state is one of the 13 original founding states of the United States. Part of Pennsylvania, together with the present State of Delaware, had earlier been organized as the Colony of New Sweden.
It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 12, 1787. Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were drafted, is located in the state's largest city of Philadelphia. During the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in the south central region of the state. Valley Forge near Philadelphia was General Washington's headquarters during the bitter winter of 1777–78. Pennsylvania is 170 miles north to south and 283 miles east to west. Of a total 46,055 square miles, 44,817 square miles are land, 490 square miles are inland waters, 749 square miles are waters in Lake Erie, it is the 33rd-largest state in the United States. Pennsylvania has 51 miles of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary. Of the original Thirteen Colonies, Pennsylvania is the only state that does not border the Atlantic Ocean; the boundaries of the state are the Mason–Dixon line to the south, the Twelve-Mile Circle on the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, the Delaware River to the east, 80° 31' W to the west and the 42° N to the north, with the exception of a short segment on the western end, where a triangle extends north to Lake Erie.
Cities include Philadelphia, Reading and Lancaster in the southeast, Pittsburgh in the southwest, the tri-cities of Allentown and Easton in the central east. The northeast includes the former anthracite coal mining cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton. Erie is located in the northwest. State College serves the central region while Williamsport serves the commonwealth's north-central region as does Chambersburg the south-central region, with York and the state capital Harrisburg on the Susquehanna River in the east-central region of the Commonwealth and Altoona and Johnstown in the west-central region; the state has five geographical regions, namely the Allegheny Plateau and Valley, Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Erie Plain. New York Ontario Maryland Delaware West Virginia New Jersey Ohio Pennsylvania's diverse topography produces a variety of climates, though the entire state experiences cold winters and humid summers. Straddling two major zones, the majority of the state, with the exception of the southeastern corner, has a humid continental climate.
The southern portion of the state has a humid subtropical climate. The largest city, has some characteristics of the humid subtropical climate that covers much of Delaware and Maryland to the south. Summers are hot and humid. Moving toward the mountainous interior of the state, the winter climate becomes colder, the number of cloudy days increases, snowfall amounts are greater. Western areas of the state locations near Lake Erie, can receive over 100 inches of snowfall annually, the entire state receives plentiful precipitation throughout the year; the state may be subject to severe weather from spring through summer into fall. Tornadoes occur annually in the state, sometimes in large numbers, such as 30 recorded tornadoes in 2011; as of 1600, the tribes living in Pennsylvania were the Algonquian Lenape, the Iroquoian Susquehannock & Petun and the Siouan Monongahela Culture, who may have been the same as a little known tribe called the Calicua, or Cali. Other tribes who entered the region during the colonial era were the Trockwae, Saponi, Nanticoke, Conoy Piscataway, Iroquois Confederacy—possibly among others.
Other tribes, like the Erie, may have once held some land in Pennsylvania, but no longer did so by the year 1600. Both the Dutch and the English claimed both sides of the Delaware River as part of their colonial lands in America; the Dutch were the first to take possession. By June 3, 1631, the Dutch had begun settling the Delmarva Peninsula by establishing the Zwaanendael Colony on the site of present-day Lewes, Delaware. In 1638, Sweden established the New Sweden Colony, in the region of Fort Christina, on the site of present-day Wilmington, Delaware. New Sweden claimed and, for the most part, controlled the lower Delaware River region (parts of present-day Delaware, New Jersey, Pe
Oakland is the academic and healthcare center of Pittsburgh and one of the city's major cultural centers. The neighborhood is home to three universities and hospitals, as well as an abundance of shopping and recreational activities. Oakland is home to the Schenley Farms National Historic District which encompasses two city designated historic districts: the residential Schenley Farms Historic District and the predominantly institutional Oakland Civic Center Historic District, it is home to the locally designated Oakland Square Historic District. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire has Fire Station No. 14 on McKee Place and Fire Station No. 10 on Allequippa Street in Oakland. Oakland is divided into four neighborhoods: North Oakland, West Oakland, Central Oakland, South Oakland; each section has a unique identity, offers its own flavor of venues and housing. Oakland is Pittsburgh's second most populated neighborhood with 22,210 residents, a majority of these residents being students. North Oakland can be loosely defined as the area of Oakland between Neville and Bouquet Streets, encompassing all of Craig Street and running north to Polish Hill.
The Cathedral of Learning, the engineering or midsection of the University of Pittsburgh campus, the Craig Street business district are in North Oakland. RAND's Pittsburgh center is located in North Oakland as well as the long time RIDC business incubator on Henry Street; the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, the largest mosque in the city, is located in North Oakland. This sector is home to the Schenley Farms Historic District and many mid-rise condominium and apartment buildings. Central Oakland is bordered by Schenley Park, the Boulevard of the Allies, Fifth Avenue, Halket Street. Many students at the University of Pittsburgh who decide to live off-campus reside in this neighborhood. Many of its homes are historic masonry structures dating from the turn of the century; the area is mistakenly called South Oakland. Its Main Business District runs along Forbes and Fifth Avenue, contains a diversity of restaurants and financial services; these businesses are organized by the Oakland Business Improvement District.
Smaller business districts in Central Oakland provide additional dining options along Atwood Street and Semple Street. It is the location of the isolated and historic neighborhood of Panther Hollow which runs along Boundary Street in Junction Hollow as well as the Oakland Square Historic District. South Oakland runs along the Monongahela River and forms a triangular shape between the Monongahela River, the Boulevard of the Allies, the western bank of Junction Hollow. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the Pittsburgh Technology Center are major landmarks of this neighborhood; the neighborhood is split between a riverfront flood plain to the southwest and a plateau to the northeast. The plateau is divided into two residential areas which are separated from one another by Bates Street, which runs up a valley from the flood plain to the plateau; the residents of the neighborhood on the north side of Bates Avenue call their neighborhood Oakcliffe. The flood plain was packed with industrial sites such as the Pittsburgh Works Consolidated Gas Co. and the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. but presently, the Pittsburgh Technology Center hosts facilities such as the Entertainment Technology Center of Carnegie Mellon University.
Some residents of Central Oakland think of their neighborhood as being part of South Oakland. However, the border between Central Oakland and South Oakland is further south; the area between Forbes Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies is part of Central Oakland. Articles in some news media have made this error. South Oakland is reputed to be a student neighborhood, but only 36.9% of its population is between the ages of 18 and 24, compared to Central Oakland's figure of 74.1%. The difference is because the area between Forbes Avenue and the Boulevard of the Allies houses many undergraduate students. While it is considered to be in South Oakland, it is the heart of Central Oakland. South Oakland was the childhood home of Andy Warhol, the residence of fellow pop artist Keith Haring. Haring had his first art show while living in Oakland. NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino was born in Oakland, not far from Warhol's home. Dan Marino Field on Frazier Street was named in honor of its native son. Although they were not contemporaries and Marino grew up on the same block with their former houses only a few doors apart.
West Oakland, the smallest of the four districts, is bordered by Fifth Avenue in the south, DeSoto Street in the east, the Birmingham Bridge to the west, Allequippa Street to the north. Carlow University and most of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can be found there. Although the campus of Carnegie Mellon University and parts of Schenley Park, including Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and Flagstaff Hill are popularly referred to as being in Oakland, are located with the 15213 zip code, they are part of the adjacent neighborhood of Squirrel Hill North; the border between Oakland and Squirrel Hill runs along Junction Hollow. The name first appeared in 1839 in Harris' Intelligencer; the area got its name from the abundance of oak trees found on the farm of William Eichenbaum, who settled there in 1840. Oakland developed following the Great Fire of 1845 in Downtown Pittsburgh, with many people moving out to suburban territory. By 1860, there was considerable commercial development along
University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies
The College of General Studies is one of the 17 schools within the University of Pittsburgh located in Pittsburgh, PA. The College of General Studies offers programs of special interest to adults and non-traditional students, including baccalaureate degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates; the fourth largest undergraduate unit at the University of Pittsburgh, the administration of the College of General Studies is overseen by the School of Arts and Sciences. The College of General Studies evolved from the 1908 Downtown Division of the Pittsburgh Academy, it became the Department of Afternoon and Evening Studies in 1911 when it moved from Downtown to Oakland and began offering a limited number of off-campus courses. By 1920, Pitt had expanded its off-campus offerings to 19 locations in western Pennsylvania and Ohio, including Erie and Youngstown. In 1932, Pitt established the University Extension Division, which became known informally as the evening program, with its director reporting directly to the chancellor.
On March 11, 1958, the Pitt Board of Trustees, following a recommendation by Chancellor Edward Litchfield, approved the establishment of the School of General Studies as an alternative for adults wishing to continuing education. Enrollment in the School of General Studies peaked at 18,930 during the 1974-75 academic year, the vast majority of which were part-time students. In 1981, the School of General Studies was renamed the College of General Studies to reflect that its degree was comparable to an Arts and Sciences degree. In the early 1990s, the College of General Studies offered as many as 30 degree majors, downgraded to ten in 1998-99 in order to eliminate duplication with majors offered in other Pitt units. In 2002 the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success open followed by a major restructuring of the College of General Studies in 2003; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, for those 50 years old and older, CGSOnline was established in 2005. 1958-1971 Viers WIlson Adams 1971-1983 J. Steele Gow Jr. 1983-1994 John Bolvin 1994-1996 Robert Comfort 1996-1997 Robert Carter 1997-1999 Jack Daniel 1999-2006 Susan R. Kinsey 2006–present N. John Cooper Originally located on the fourth floor of the Cathedral of Learning, the 2,500-square-foot $537,000 McCarl Center was opened in 2002 and occupies space that once housed two levels of the main stacks of the University's library.
Made possible by a gift from F. James and Foster J. J. McCarl, it hosts seminars and events; the space was designed by Alan J. Cueri and his architectural firm Strada, LLC, includes wood finishes, double-height spaces with high ceilings and windows, a main corridor conceived as an interior street, many elements that refer to the Cathedral of Learning's Gothic architecture including decorative painted metal columns with contemporary buttress-style arches; the center included a resource library, meeting rooms, a student lounge, is staffed with academic advisors and has contains a reception area for the College of General Studies. Three unsigned and undated 7 feet by 3 feet glass-encased murals that depict Renaissance painting styles and which have long belonged to the University but are of unknown origin hang in a hallway outside the Center; the College of General Studies, including the McCarl Center, the Office of Veterans Services, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, relocated from the Cathedral of Learning to the first floor of Posvar Hall in May, 2014.
Majors offered through the College of General Studies Administration of Justice Dental Hygiene Health Services Health Services Humanities Legal Studies Liberal Studies Media and Professional Communications Natural Sciences Public Service Social Sciences The College of General Studies offers a self designed major, either a BA or BS, for students who want to design a major more suited for their intended career. In addition to these bachelor's degree programs, the College of General Studies offers post-baccalaureate certificates with a number of other units including the College of Business Administration, the University Center for Social and Urban Research, the Center for National Preparedness; the College of General Studies offers about 65 courses across its disciplines through PittOnline web based instruction and has satellite campuses in Butler County, Mt. Lebanon, Monroeville. College of General Studies homepage Historical Renovations: McCarl Center for Nontradional Student Success
Archives Service Center
Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh is one of the main repositories within the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh and houses collections of various manuscripts, media and other materials of historical and scientific content. It houses and functions as the repository for collections that document and describe the history of the Western Pennsylvania region, Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh; some of the history of Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region has been documented by primary sources on manuscripts, maps, personal diaries, audio recordings and other materials from the past. The ASC collects material related to the history of this region; the holdings in the collections span over a hundred years from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century. Some of the content is accessible online. Content published before 1923 is in the rights belong to the University; some of ASC's major collections include: Often, when the estate of a notable person dies, the family donates historical documents, physical objects and other materials that they wish to have preserved.
One such donation consisted of the mining maps of Western Pennsylvania. Many of the coal mining companies are no longer in business and have closed or sold coal mines in the Western Pennsylvania region; these maps are now housed by the archives. Individuals and organizations that research drilling,'fracking', the foundations of buildings and other structures visit the ASC to examine the maps to establish the safety and accuracy of their projects; the ASC received canvas maps charting the existence and status of working coal mines and closed mines. These maps, some as long as 10 meters are stored in a climate controlled section of the archives; the Archive Service center has worked to add content from its collections to Wikipedia
Hillman Library is the largest library and the center of administration for the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, United States. Located on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive, diagonally across from the Cathedral of Learning, Hillman serves as the flagship of the 7.1 million-volume University Library System at Pitt. The University Library System is the University of Pittsburgh's largest library organization and is administered by the Hillman University Librarian and Director, ULS; the organization in its current form dates back to 1982, when the University combined the administration of its libraries for the Graduate Schools of Business and International Affairs, the School of Library and Information Sciences with that of the Hillman Library and its branches. From the early 1980s the library system adopted many new services and resources alongside the evolution of computer technology including, most notably, the installation and unveiling of its first online catalog based on the NOTIS integrated library system.
In addition to the Hillman Library, the ULS includes the following libraries and collections on the Pittsburgh campus: Allegheny Observatory Library Archives Service Center Center for American Music Chemistry Library Bevier Engineering Library Frick Fine Arts Library Langley Library Library Resource Facility Music LibraryThe Library Resource Facility, located three miles from the heart of the Pittsburgh campus, houses many of the ULS' back-office operations in addition to the Archives Service Center and the Library Collections Storage Unit, a high-density book storage facility with a capacity of 2.7 million volumes. The libraries on the University's four regional campuses at Bradford, Greensburg and Titusville belong to the ULS. A member of the Association of Research Libraries, the ULS ranks 22nd out of the ARL's 126 member libraries, placing it in the top 20% of North America's largest academic libraries and is the 29th largest overall library in the United States; the ULS has been commended for its use of technology, including the digitization of its unique collection and improving the accessibility of its online resources.
Duane Webster, executive director emeritus of the Association of Research Libraries, notes that the ULS has "transformed not only school's library but the future of research libraries." The ULS has been noted for its publication of new digital content in its D-Scribe Digital Publishing program. The ULS partners with other University of Pittsburgh libraries including the Barco Law Library and the Health Sciences Library System, both located on the Pittsburgh campus; the ULS shares a single online system with these partner libraries, collaborates with them to provide facilitated access to all collections, cooperates on other projects to serve the University. Hillman Library was built on land that had bordered Forbes Field and was donated in the 1950s to Pitt by coal magnate J. Hartwell Hillman, Jr; when Forbes Field was razed in 1971, three other buildings were planned as a cluster for the site: Wesley W. Posvar Hall, David L. Lawrence Hall, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Design of Hillman Library was led by Celli-Flynn and Associates who served as coordinating architects.
Kuhn, Newcomer & Valentour served as associated architects with Harrison & Abramovitz acting as consulting architects to the university. Dolores Miller and Associates consulted on the interior design, Keyes Metcalf served as a library consultant. Construction began in June 1965, the library opened on January 8, 1968, while its formal dedication was held on September 6, 1968, it is named for Jr.. Both the Hillman family and the Hillman Foundation gave millions toward its construction; the facade consists of Indiana Limestone alternated with rows of oriel windows, which were designed by Max Abramovitz The building's podium wall is intended to echo the Renaissance-style rusticated stone base of the Carnegie Library across Schenley Plaza. The interior was modeled on the style of Mies van der Rohe with black-metal framing. Floor-to-ceiling windows that were placed at a bay window angle in order to be inconspicuous on the plane surface of the outer wall while still providing light. With five floors, seating for 1,539 students, holding 1.9 million volumes, Hillman is the largest of the 17 libraries on the Pitt campus.
In 1996, architect Celli-Flynn and Associates and Kuhn, Newcomer & Valentour won the Timeless Award for Enduring Design from the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its design of Hillman Library. In 2013, the library began transferring some book collections from Hillman Library to the university's Thomas Boulevard Library Resource Facility in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city in order to make room for renovations that will add additional seating and group-study rooms to the library. In addition, in the Fall of 2013, the library expanded its hours so that it will be open around the clock from Sunday morning to Friday night. Hillman Library is undergoing a phased floor-by-floor renovation with an estimated total project cost of $60 million to $100 million. Hillman Library, which serves as the flagship and central administrative library of the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, holds 1.5 million volumes of the 7.1 million total ULS volume collection.
It contains over 200 computer stations, a study capacity for 1500 users, houses various special collections, themed rooms, specialized technology study areas. $12.9 million in additional renovations to Hillman was approved in July, 2013. Hillman Library contains many different collections and reading s