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Coordinates: 40°26′38″N 79°57′31″W / 40.443811°N 79.958488°W / 40.443811; -79.958488

Benedum Hall and the Engineering Auditorium (in the foreground) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michael L. Benedum Hall of Engineering is an academic building on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Deeter, Ritchey, and Sippel[1] and completed in 1971 at a cost of $15 million. The building was honored with both the Pennsylvania Society American Institute of Architects Honor Award and Distinguished Building Award.[1] It was built with a gift from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and funds from the General State Authority. It stands on a 1.8-acre (7,300 m2) site that was formerly occupied by the National Guard's Logan Armory.[2]

It is fourteen stories (two below ground) and has 419,000 square feet (38,900 m2) of space. It is home to the Swanson School of Engineering and contains classrooms, laboratories, offices, conference and seminar rooms, and is home to the George M. Bevier Engineering Library which serves not only the engineering school, but also the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Geology and Planetary Science.[2] Benedum Hall also includes a 528-seat auditorium, a computer lab, and an Einstein's Express.[3] [4][5]

Engineering Auditorium, a lower building, is located across a plaza from the main tower, and is connected by the basement and sub-basement levels.

The addition of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation to the Benedum Hall complex nearing completion in July 2009

Benedum Hall is currently undergoing renovations and expansion. A new structure connecting the auditorium to the main tower will be constructed across the existing plaza, the auditorium will be divided into five separate classrooms, the library, computer lab, club offices, and cafê will be moved to the basement level, administrative offices will be shifted to the first floor, and all floors of the tower will be renovated.

Benedum Hall viewed from O'Hara Street

External links


  • Alberts, Robert C. (1987). Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7.  
Preceded by
Crawford Hall
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Benedum Hall

Constructed: 1971
Succeeded by
Chevron Science Center


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