Sennott Square

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Sennott Square
Sennott Square academic building at the University of Pittsburgh
Sennott Square at the University of Pittsburgh
Former names Multi-Purpose Academic Complex (MPAC)
General information
Type Academic
Town or city Pittsburgh, PA
Current tenants College of Business Administration
Department of Psychology
Department of Computer Science
School of Law Civil Practice Clinic
Ground floor retail including Panera Bread
Construction started January, 2000
Inaugurated September 5, 2002
Cost $35 million
Client University of Pittsburgh
Owner University of Pittsburgh
Technical details
Floor count 6
Floor area 248,000 square feet (23,000 m2) (gross)
117,000 square feet (10,900 m2) (functional)
Design and construction
Architecture firm JSA

Sennott Square is a major academic building on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The building designed by the architectural firm JSA[1] was dedicated on September 5, 2002, and was the largest Pitt academic building constructed since 1978. The six-story, 248,000 gross-square-foot facility cost approximately $35 million and occupies a city block and is bounded by Sennott and Bouquet streets and Forbes and Oakland avenues.[2] It combines classroom and office space with retail space on the ground floor facing Forbes and Oakland Avenues.

The second floor of the building is dedicated to the College of Business Administration, Pitt’s undergraduate business college. Floors three and four are used by the Department of Psychology, while the fifth houses the Department of Computer Science and the School of Law's Civil Practice Clinic. The sixth floor houses the Computer Science Department exclusively. The building has nine classrooms and two large seminar rooms, including a $400,000 Eli Lilly videoconferencing lab. The first floor is committed to retail space, currently including a Panera Bread. The facility has 72 short-term parking spaces underground and 18 metered street-level parking spaces.[1]

From a foundation that incorporates more than one million pounds of reinforcing rods and 575 truckloads of concrete, Sennott Square rises six floors above street level to provide more than 117,000 square feet (10,900 m2) of functional space. The first floor contains nearly 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of retail shops with access from Forbes Avenue. On Sennott Street, two parklets with benches and ornamental shade trees provide places to relax.[2][3]

The University of Pittsburgh's first building incorporating "green" construction techniques throughout, Sennott Square is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.[3] All carpeting was made from recycled materials, and built-in recycling bins have been installed on every floor. In addition, the building employs computer-based lighting, temperature controls, and other systems to maximize energy efficiency.[4]

File:Sennot Square Parking Garage.jpg
The entrance to the underground parking garage at Sennott Square


  1. JSA: portfolio: educational: Sennott Square - Multi-Purpose Academic Complex, accessdate=2008-08-15
  2. Hart, Peter (2001-10-11). "Pitt close to signing 2 tenants for MPAC retail space". University Times. 34 (4). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2010-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hart, Peter (2002-04-18). "MPAC: A look inside Pitt's first "green" building". University Times. 34 (16). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2010-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Bouquet Gardens
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Sennott Square

Constructed: 2002
Succeeded by
Petersen Events Center