Chatham University

Welcome to Chatham Eastside!

Chatham Eastside is the University’s newest academic facility and represents a significant investment in our expanding graduate programs as well as the future development of East Liberty, one of Pittsburgh’s fastest-growing and historic neighborhoods.

This LEED-Silver renovation project was completed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in July 2009. Our architects utilize sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create an academic and social space within a green environment.

Chatham University is pleased to share our work and mission for Chatham Eastside to the community-at-large. This site will continue to expand with new information about Chatham Eastside, academic initiatives and community involvement. You may also click the links below to view our architectural documents for Chatham Eastside and the Penn Avenue Corridor.

Chatham University Penn - Site Introduction
Chatham University Penn - Road Issues Initial review
Penn Ave Road Improvements Chapter 1
Penn Ave Road Improvements Chapter 2
Penn Ave Road Improvements Chapter 3
Penn Ave Road Improvements Chapter 4 with overlay plan

History

As several of Chatham’s health science and design programs continued to attract more students, future growth was impeded because of limited space on Woodland Road. After an intensive search for potential sites near the University’s historic campus, Chatham purchased 6585 Penn Avenue, the former Eichleay Building, at the corner of Penn Avenue and Washington Blvd in September 2008. Acquisition of the 250,000 square foot building followed shortly after Eden Hall Foundation donated the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm in Richland Township to Chatham, thereby creating the largest university campus in Allegheny County. Chatham Eastside is now part of the University’s Shadyside Campus, which includes the original Woodland Road location.

Less than a mile from Woodland Road, Chatham Eastside satisfies several programming space needs and provides the University with enhanced space flexibility and capacity. Our Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies degree programs to occupy approximately 57,000 square feet of the building’s leasable space, satisfying the estimated five-year needs of those programs. By the 2009/2010 academic year, 60 faculty members and up to 500 students will utilize the facility.

About East Liberty

Chatham Eastside is ideally located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, near Shadyside, Point Breeze and Larimer. This area has witness tremendous, positive growth in the past several years, and Chatham Eastside is less than two blocks from the area’s newest mixed-use development, Bakery Square.

Thanks to the efforts of organizations like East Liberty Development Inc., both the quality of life and economic development of this area have greatly improved. New affordable housing, sustainability initiatives and commercial investment are having a positive impact on this dynamic, diverse neighborhood. Chatham University is proud to be a part of East Liberty’s rebirth. >> map and directions to Chatham Eastside.

From Dr. Esther Barazzone:

The acquisition of Chatham Eastside and Eden Hall Farm reflect Chatham’s transformation from being one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country -- which it still is -- to being a comprehensive university with degrees through the doctoral level, and one that is unique by virtue of having a vibrant city campus, as well as a suburban operation with a focus on sustainability.

Chatham University remains firmly committed both to its role in the City and to its historic Woodland Road campus since certain of our programs are best served by remaining in the City. Expansion to Chatham Eastside will allow us to accommodate our enrollment growth, which has quadrupled since 1994, while helping to preserve the beauty and special qualities of the Woodland Road campus that have captivated generations of students and community members alike. The Woodland Road campus has been our anchor for 139 years; it will continue to be so even as we pursue the many exciting opportunities that the Eden Hall Farm Campus and Chatham Eastside present.

Where is Chatham Eastside?


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Directions to Chatham Eastside

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GPS Entry:
6585 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15201
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From the North (Route 28)

  • Follow Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge Exit.
    Stay in the left lane across bridge, take Washington Boulevard exit.
  • At intersection, turn right to continue on Washington Boulevard
  • Follow for approximately two miles.
  • After passing Hamilton Avenue and continuing under a railway bridge, pass the Port Authority Bus Garage entry. The Chatham Eastside parking entry will be the next right.

From the North (Route I-279)

  • Follow I-279 (Parkway North) south to I-579.
  • Take the 7th Avenue exit after crossing the Veterans Bridge.
  • Turn left toward Mellon Arena/Bigelow Boulevard.
  • Turn left at light; stay to the right and follow Bigelow Boulevard/ Route 380.
  • At third light, stay in left lane and follow North Craig Street to Fifth Avenue.
  • Turn left on Fifth Avenue and follow for approximately two miles. Continue through intersection with Penn Avenue; Chatham Eastside is on the left corner.
  • After intersection and passing the building, turn left into the first parking lot entry.

From the South (I-79)

  • Follow I-79 north to Exit 59A/I-279 toward Pittsburgh.
  • Follow right lane through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across Fort Pitt Bridge; turn right onto I-376 East.
  • Take exit 2A to merge onto Forbes Ave through Oakland.
  • Turn left at S. Bellefield Ave (next to the Carnegie Museum).
  • Turn right on Fifth Avenue and follow for approximately two miles. Continue through intersection with Penn Avenue; Chatham Eastside is on the left corner.
  • After intersection and passing the building, turn left into the first parking lot entry.


From the South (Route 51)

  • Follow Route 51 to the Liberty Tunnels.
  • Turn right into Liberty Tunnels, cross Liberty Bridge.
  • Take the I-579/Bigelow Boulevard Exit.
  • After entering I-579, the exit onto Bigelow Boulevard is on the right.
  • At third light, stay in left lane and follow North Craig Street to Fifth Avenue.
  • Turn left on Fifth Avenue and follow for approximately two miles. Continue through intersection with Penn Avenue; Chatham Eastside is on the left corner.
  • After intersection and passing the building, turn left into the first parking lot entry.

From the East

  • Follow I-376 (Parkway East) to Exit 8B/Wilkinsburg and merge onto Ardmore Boulevard/PA Route 8/Penn Avenue.
  • Follow Route 8/Penn Avenue for approximately three miles.
  • Continue through Penn Avenue intersection with Fifth Avenue.
  • Chatham Eastside is on the corner of Penn and Fifth avenues.
  • Turn right onto Washington Boulevard. The parking lot entry is the first driveway on your left.

From the West (Airport Area)

  • Follow Route 60/Routes 22-30/I-279 toward Pittsburgh.
  • Follow right lane through Fort Pitt Tunnel and across Fort Pitt Bridge; • turn right onto I-376 East.
  • Take exit 2A to merge onto Forbes Ave through Oakland.
  • Turn left at S Bellefield Ave (next to the Carnegie Museum).
  • Turn right on Fifth Avenue and follow for for approximately two miles. Continue through intersection with Penn Avenue; Chatham Eastside is on the left corner.
  • After intersection and passing the building, turn left into the first parking lot entry.