Barton Malow

UPMC Vision + Rehabilitation Pavilion

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The $414 million UPMC Vision + Rehabilitation Pavilion at UPMC Mercy is a ten-story tower creating a new landmark in the Pittsburgh skyline and positioning the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the forefront of research and care in the field of ophthalmology. The new pavilion provides outpatient care to those suffering from visual-related ailments. Notable state-of-the-art features include a 3-D simulation lab that allows vision-impaired patients to maneuver realistic apartments, offices, city streets, and other shared spaces. The completed vision institute has exam rooms, a pharmacy, therapy rooms, and a Rehabilitation Services gym. Additionally, 100,600 SF of research space invites collaboration, promoting innovative patient treatments and new clinical trials. Barton Malow and JV Partner Mascaro provided construction management services and self-performing concrete for the project. 

Collaboration Leads to Uniquely Specialized Facility

Architect Chris Downey, one of the few blind architects in the world, advised Barton Malow’s design partner, HOK, to provide design strategies that align with vision-impaired patients’ and visitors’ needs and abilities. The design team thoughtfully selected specific interior lighting patterns, sound-amplifying materials, and textured products to aid patients receiving rehabilitative services at the facility. Additionally, Barton Malow constructed a tower rooftop garden with different surface textures including concrete, cobblestone, and wood, to mimic several outdoor environments within the pavilion. The team’s careful attention to detail in design and installation now allow patients a safe and controlled space for outdoor rehabilitation practices.

Barton Malow is continuing our JV partnership with Mascaro at the University of Pittsburgh Recreation and Wellness Center in the Pittsburgh area.