Chatham’s urban Shadyside Campus is located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is comprised of the original Woodland Road campus and the new Chatham Eastside.
The Woodland Road location is the University’s foundation, and features many stately mansions which now serve as academic and residence halls. The campus architecture includes historic structures – such as the c.1861 Howe-Childs Gate House – and modern amenities, including the Science Complex and the Athletic and Fitness Center.
With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Chatham University campus is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. Designated an arboretum in 1998 by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (now known as the American Public Garden Association), Chatham’s 39-acre campus features 125 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee Tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students in the University’s Landscape Architecture and Landscape Studies programs, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.
Because of rapid growth in several of the University’s graduate programs, Chatham University in September 2008 acquired 6585 Penn Avenue, a large office building at the corner of Penn Avenue and Washington Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s fast-growing East End . The 250,000 square foot building, named Chatham Eastside and less than a mile from the University’s historic Wood-land Road location, satisfies several programming space needs and provides the University with enhanced space flexibility and capacity. The University’s Interior Architecture, Land-scape Architecture, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies degree programs moved into more than 50,000 square feet in summer 2009, and the University plans to apply for LEED Silver status for the construction project.
Expansion to Chatham Eastside will allows the University to accommodate 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.