Owen Gabbert, LLC is excited to be a part of a large-scale project we’re working on alongside Portland-based Company Schoolhouse Electric. Together, we’re redeveloping a 35,000-square-foot structure in one of Pittsburgh’s up-and-coming locales, East Liberty. This part of Pittsburgh is a historically relevant area that was once a thriving mid-century neighborhood at the core of Pittsburgh’s East End. After falling into disrepair in the 1960s and 1970s, East Liberty is once again starting to thrive. Thoughtful redevelopment of iconic existing spaces is a part of what’s redefining this area, and allowing it to evolve quickly.
Owen Gabbert, LLC is proud to take part in the evolution of Pittsburgh’s East End; we assisted the owner of Schoolhouse Electric in managing the acquisition process of a vacant government building in East Liberty most recently used as the headquarters for the Pittsburgh Police Detectives. In addition to helping direct the initial drawings, we will manage the construction process of transforming the building into a functional and elegant retail space at the ground floor, with an office above. A recent article in Surface gives a nod to our project, writing that Schoolhouse Electric “… has hired a local architecture firm, Moss, to rehab the Detective, a long-vacant Formalist-style government building. The plan is to turn the ground floor into a swank retail storefront (the first of its shops outside of New York and Portland), a design library, and a requisite coffee bar.” We’re looking forward to what will surely be a beautiful finished product, but in the meantime, stay tuned here for more updates as we move through this project with Schoolhouse Electric.