The Bigelow Block Transformation Project was completed on December 24, 2020 | Check out the project overviewtimeline and media announcement in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh for details!

8 Things to Know About Bigelow

October 28, 2019

  1. It really will transform Bigelow Boulevard! Complete with a welcoming new streetscape design, expanded sidewalks, improved pedestrian crosswalks and better bike lanes, the renovation will reimagine this main campus block in ways that will improve safety and traffic flow.
  2. Underground utility infrastructure improvements may not sound exciting, but they’re vital to the University’s future. Needed updates to water lines, chilled water supply and power distribution will create the resiliency and redundancy needed to support the future of our preeminent research University.
  3. A dedicated team remains focused on this project's completion. Renovations can be an inconvenience, but one that will be worth it in the end! This comprehensive project encompasses three phases, Phase I completes utility infrastructure improvements, Phase II focuses on landscape upgrades and new streetscape installation and Phase III covers remaining road, plaza and landscaping upgrades.
  4. Connectivity is the key! A design that will beautifully connect our campus and community, a flexible new space for student activities and programming added outside the William Pitt Union for students, plus improved accessibility between the William Pitt Union and Schenley Quadrangle will foster greater connections throughout campus.
  5. Sustainable practices abound. From new green spaces and energy efficiencies to a system that will manage rainfall through sustainable landscaping practices, this important renovation project supports Pitt’s continued commitment to sustainability.
  6. This wasn’t developed in a silo. The Bigelow Block plan was developed in collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh, Oakland Business Improvement District, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation to benefit Pitt students, faculty, staff, and community members, part of the Pittsburgh Campus Master Plan process.
  7. There’s help for getting around. With Bigelow Boulevard closed during this project, Getting Around Bigelow resources are available online to navigate around the block, whether taking a Pitt shuttle, Port Authority bus, biking, walking or driving.
  8. It’s easy to stay updated. We’ll post ongoing updates and progress right here. Go Bigelow!