Michael Duerinckx

Less than a mile from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses, One on Centre is a $106 million contemporary-designed, mixed-use development serving students in the walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood of North Oakland—one of Pittsburgh's liveliest areas.

Intentionally paying homage to the Steel City’s rich industrial history, the use of dark metal, black and gold panels, and a mix of brick masonry and stucco adds a bold aesthetic statement to the vibrant neighborhood. Large glass panels and accessible walk-up retail outlets help to convey a past-meets-present look while the façade’s mix of glass and metal windows reflects natural light and accentuates the Pittsburgh skyline.

Strategic location, modern design, luxurious amenities, and an understanding of what the community was lacking led to the final, award-winning results. One on Centre successfully opened at 80.3% occupancy rate with a high level of renter satisfaction obtained through effective social media and community outreach campaigns.

The 17-story high-rise is comprised of six levels of parking and 14 levels of student housing. The first three levels provide over 9,000 square feet of residential and retail. Amenities include a PGA golf simulator, a dog spa, and a theater. There’s also an outdoor party space and a pool on the seventh floor. A rooftop observation deck is equipped with hammock chairs that offer skyline views.

The fully furnished 329-unit development includes a range of one- to three-bedroom units featuring en suite laundry, granite countertops, and internet connectivity. There’s also a computer lab and dedicated study lounge.

One on Centre effectively provides a dense design solution that not only meets the growing student housing demand but also contributes to enhancing the neighborhood. Tree-lined hardscapes increase walkability, creating a lively, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and significantly improving traffic patterns and pedestrian crossings for a safer trip to campus.