Entry View
Entry View

Fisher ARCHitecture teamed in the spring of 2016 with developer, Susan Crookston, and the Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Inc. to renovate the existing Aspinwall Marina into a community Welcome Center that celebrates both nature and Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage.  First we demolished several additions that detracted from the main building and transformed an existing interior boat repair area into an exterior entry.  Then, we renovated the main building, all the while making every effort to open up the spaces to the impressive Allegheny River view.


The Aspinwall Marina has been around for generations.  Back when the buildings were constructed the Allegheny River was hugely polluted and no kayakers would dare loading from the docks.  Now the rivers are clean and the marina will continue as a community treasure for generations to come.  Our experience on the project here in the office resembled that of the Aspinwall community at large:  Project manager, Janet Longenecker working with me and with fellow Harvard GSD grad, Jiayu Qin, were able to partake in something larger than ourselves while giving back to the region where we live.


In Phase Two, we will plant trees, and add signage and exterior lights.  Then we will finish the building interior by adding built-in furniture along with offices and a conference room.


The final step of our plan is to remove the entry volume roof altogether and open the structure to the sky!


AJ Schwartz and the team at “Environmental Planning and Design” has designed the surrounding park with skill, elegance, and refinement.  Also, many thanks are due to Loftus Engineering and to our contractor, the RD Stewart Company, for making Phase 1 of this remarkable  project happen with strong craft on an extremely tight budget.