Sota Construction Services was chosen early in the design process for the re-use of this 6,000 square foot historic structure that had been open to the weather for many years and had suffered extreme damage.
The Gatehouse or the Howe-Childs Mansion is steeped in history and is one of the oldest structures in the City of Pittsburgh.
The structure is re-used as a welcome and guest center for this private higher learning institution. The restoration was true to the original, though the work included installing state-of-the-art energy conserving measures and life/safety and mechanical/ electrical systems.
Extensive structural work was required along with a particularly high level of interior finish work. The exterior restoration included
Recycled rubber “slate” was used with copper flat lock roofing, gutters and downspouts. Custom windows were fabricated to match the originals, while incorporating insulated Low-E glazings to conserve energy.
Custom millwork was fabricated both off site and in the tradition of the Victorian era. Much of the millwork was fabricated on-site using modern equipment to produce siding profiles and miscellaneous custom wood trim parts. Stair spindles were turned on-site to match the existing pieces.