Announcements and Awards
September 2012

Peter Margittai Becomes Preservation Pittsburgh President

After serving four years on the Board of Preservation Pittsburgh, Peter Margittai replaces Scott Leib as President. "Pittsburgh is lucky to have so many wonderful historic structures" said Margittai, "we should do what we can to protect our unique heritage." If you agree, please contact Preservation Pittsburgh to find out how you too can get involved!

July 2012

East Carson Street Facade Restoration

It's often sad to see a longtime business close. Particularly, one that has been in operation for over 74 years! Although Peter Margittai Architects will miss T & T Hardware, previously located at 2112 and 2114 East Carson Street, we were enthusiastic to help restore the building's facade to it's 1901 glory! We worked with Shelton Masonry and Contracting as they cleaned the brick and stone, restored the cornice, and added a missing balconette. The fact that we found the original arched-top entrance doors in the basement of the building was just icing on the cake!

July 2011

Announcing a New Addition to Our Firm

We are pleased to announce the addition of Dustin Lee to our team.  Dustin graduated from Andrews University in 2007 with a Masters of Architecture degree.  Before joining Peter Margittai Architects, LLC, Dustin started his career in urban design which included a fellowship with The Prince's Foundation in London, UK.  As a Graduate Architect, Dustin's responsibilities include collaborating in the design process and assisting in project management, drafting, rendering, research and model creation.

March 2011

Center For Spirituality Completed

Construction has been completed at the Center for Spirituality in Homestead.  The renovated space, which transformed a former convent into a community center that will offer 12-Step recovery services, has been renovated to include a handicap accessible sleeping unit and bathroom, and a building-wide sprinkler system.  Other building improvements also included upgrading the existing dining room, commercial kitchen, meeting room, chapel and two stories of administrative offices and sleeping units.

April 2010

Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Opens Doors

Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community has officially opened their doors to their new worship and congregational space at the corner of 27th Street & Jane Street in the South Side.  Hot Metal purchased the bar and restaurant in 2008 with the goal of converting it into a worship and gathering place. This large gathering space is appointed with custom metalwork, integrated lighting, and artwork – all created by the church members and local artisans.

November 2009

Peter Margittai Architects, LLC on Facebook

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October 2009

Peter Margittai Architects Offers Complimentary Phone Consultation

Call today for a 20-minute complimentary phone consultation. You can ask questions about your renovation or addition, local jurisdictions that may impact your future plans, or current trends that could affect construction costs.

October 2009

Hot Metal Nearing Completion

Hot Metal purchased the bar and restaurant in 2008 with the goal of converting it into a worship and gathering place. The design features a large gathering space with custom metalwork, lighting features, and artwork – all created by local artisans.

September 2009

Emily’s Team Wins Design/Build Carpentry Competition

We are pleased to announce that the team including Emily Dritz of our firm has won the Design/Build Carpentry Competition. The winning design for the treehouse incorporated a 9-foot climbing wall with hexagonal cutouts, a tire swing and a bucket and pulley.

May 2009

Firm Hired by Center for Spirituality for 9,700 square foot Renovation

We are currently creating designs to transform a former convent into a community center that will offer 12-Step recovery services in Homewood. When completed, The Center for Spirituality will include dining, meeting and worship areas and two floors of residential units with shared amenities. The project is expected to be opened in the spring of 2010.

May 2009

Emily Dritz participates in Design/Build Carpentry Competition

Emily Dritz of our firm teamed with Chris Kondas (Jendoco Construction) and Kevin Vernocy (Local Union 142) to compete in the annual Design/Build Carpentry Competition. This year’s project is to design a tree-house supported on a 3-foot wood stump. After two in-depth weeks of design and collaboration, the team built the final design at the Carpenters’ Union training facilities on Neville Island.

March 2009

Building Renovations in Downtown Pittsburgh

Peter Margittai Architects has been hired to for renovation of the first floor of the Applegate Building at 225 Ross Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The street-level space will be future homes to Crazy Mocha and Subway.

March 2009

Trevor Clark becomes LEED-Certified Professional

We are pleased to announce that Trevor Clark of our firm is now a LEED-Certified Professional, having demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principals and familiarity with LEED requirements and processes.

January 2009

New Home Designs and Renovations in the Works

Our team is busy preparing designs for clients’ summer construction projects including renovations to a South Side rowhouse and a Wexford single family home, and a new 4,000 square foot Arts and Crafts-style home in Penn Township.

January 2009

Designing Guard House for New Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh

Hired by Oxford Development, we are working on a 420 square foot Guard House for the new Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh which will be located in Lawrenceville.

December 2008

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

We just completed a study that included CPTED strategies for East Carson Street in the South Side’s Historic Main Street District. The goal of this study, commissioned by the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, was to improve public safety and reduce vandalism in the historic district. Our review revealed patterns in graffiti tagging on building facades, identified conditions that contributed to successful tagging, and suggested CPTED techniques that could be used to reduce tagging and increase public safety.

November 2008

Announcing A New Addition to Our Firm

We are pleased to announce the addition of Emily Dritz to our team. Emily graduated from University of Cincinnati in June 2008 with a Masters of Architecture degree after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Architecture degree from Kent State University in 2006. As a Graduate Architect, Emily's responsibilities include collaborating in the design process and assisting in project management, drafting, rendering, research, and model creation.

October 2008

Urban Living Project on the South Side

We are currently adapting the Urban Living Project for development and realization in Pittsburgh’s South Side. The 27th Street Townhomes will feature four independent residences, each with a separate first floor apartment and off-street parking. This project will also feature sustainable technologies and renewable energy sources that will use a fraction of the traditional fossil fuel consumption. Please visit the 27th Street Townhomes project for more information.

August 2008

Peter Margittai Architects Hired for 40,000 Square Foot Office Renovation

Our firm was hired to conduct a series of feasibility studies for the engineering firm of Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. Doubling in office space, this company is seeking to expand its workspace to include 40,000 to 50,000 square feet. The proposed design will include offices for 195 employees, a reference library, café, and training rooms.

April 2008

Peter Margittai Architects Project Featured in From House to Home

Check out the Spring 2008 issue of From House to Home to see one of our designs on the cover! Published by Trib Total Media, the issue showcases our clients’ Point Breeze home that features a new addition and extensive renovations.

April 2008

Transforming a Restaurant into a Church

The Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community is relocating to an old restaurant and bar location in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Beginning construction early 2009, the new church seeks to connect the currently separated interior spaces to create a large, unified space for the congregation to assemble. Once the construction is complete, the church will be a site for community outreach and neighborhood gatherings.