IUP’s Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement

Visit Corbett Inc’s website for product information used in this renovation.

Sanctuary Renovation Completed at Rodef Shalom Congregation


The historic sanctuary of Rodef Shalom Temple located at the corner of 5th and Morewood Avenues in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood was recently renovated by JJ Morris & Sons, Inc. (General Contractor) and AJ Vater & Co. (Painter and Architectural Conservator) under the direction and supervision of CFB. The impressive interior of the sanctuary was designed by architect Henry Hornbostel well known in Pittsburgh for his campus planning and buildings at nearby Carnegie Mellon University, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and the City-County Building downtown. Rodef Shalom Temple was completed in 1907 and the sanctuary was in need of restoration after water intrusion caused damage to the ceiling and panels of historic artistic painting.

CFB prepared construction plans and specifications for invited contractors to bid. Areas where plaster repair was required where surveyed by CFB and identified on the drawings while the design team worked with an architectural conservator to address repair and conservation of the interior artworks. The entire interior ceiling surface was repainted. The project team delivered the complete project ahead of schedule and on budget.

Facilities Chair, Robert Rosenthal said “Our sanctuary has been restored to its original grandeur. I’ve never had a project proceed more smoothly. Thank you!”

CFB Staff News

Celli-Flynn Brennan is proud of the continuing professional development of its staff and would like to share the following news with our friends and clients:

We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright recently completed all State Architects Licensure Board requirements for training and testing and has earned the title of Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jeff is currently engaged as a project architect / project manager on several important CFB projects.

Please join us in congratulating Jeff on achieving this significant professional milestone. Congrats Jeff!

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Urban, Assoc. AIA recently successfully completed testing and has earned the USGBC’s “Green Associate” credential. Through achieving this credential Chris has studied and established a foundational knowledge of sustainable design practices commonly referred to as “green building” and looks to pursue the LEED AP credential with a specialty in Building Design + Construction as his next advancement.

Please join us in congratulating Chris on his continued professional development.
Great job Chris!

Celli-Flynn Brennan Selected by the Community College of Allegheny College to Prepare a Facilities Master Plan

Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners, is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the Community College of Allegheny County to assist CCAC in the preparation of a system-wide Facilities Master Plan encompassing the majority of the college’s campuses and centers. The development of this plan, which is being undertaken during CCAC’s 50th Anniversary, will guide institutional growth and the college’s development into the future. CFB has long supported CCAC and their continued commitment to student success. We are pleased to continue a relationship which began back in 1967.

One of the nation’s preeminent community colleges, CCAC serves a student population that surpasses 45,000 per year and offers more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs across a diverse range of disciplines including those in the arts and humanities; business; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; health; education, social and behavioral sciences; and the skilled trades. Through its dual emphasis on rigorous academic education and hands-on workforce training, CCAC prepares graduates for transition into baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions in addition to immediate entry into the workforce. CCAC graduates have transferred to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, have obtained the most academically challenging and competitive degrees and can be found at leading companies, organizations and institutions throughout the nation. With an active alumni base of 100,000 and growing, CCAC alumni are engaged in every sector of society, providing leadership to scores of economic, scientific, civic and philanthropic entities both in the Pittsburgh region and around the world.

For further information regarding CCAC, its history and the college’s plans during its 50th Anniversary year, please click on the following link:


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Visit Bucknell University’s website for more information about the renovation of the Carnegie Building.

CFB Restores a Campus Gem for Bucknell University!

DSC_0079Bucknell University faced with a need to find space for numerous student services and looking for ways to attract and retain students turned to Celli-Flynn Brennan to reposition a century old building in need of TLC.

Bucknell University’s Carnegie Building was originally constructed in 1904/1905 as the Carnegie Library with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie but over the past 60 plus years it has been utilized by numerous departments and organizations as the needs of this growing institution changed. During this time the grand two story reading room and most of the original historic fabric was lost and the building had fallen into disrepair. The three story building is approximately 65 feet wide and 90 long and constructed of load bearing masonry walls and wood framed floors. The building’s exterior was restored including new entrance stairs with unique glass entrance doors. The original windows were replaced with custom fabricated aluminum clad wood windows to match the configuration and profile of the original. The roof was replaced with a standing seam metal roof similar to its original and clearstory windows were recreated. The hand pressed brick and brownstone façade was cleaned and repointed and the lost cornice and entrance entablatures were recreated based on historic photographs. A new historically sensitive accessible entrance has been added which includes a new elevator and fire stair. In the interior, most of the past 60 years of modifications were removed including floor infills and old systems. The original central two story high reading room was recreated including the second floor balconies and barrel vaulted ceiling with oak framed daylight. Flanking both sides and on both floors of the shared reading room are offices, private tutoring and seminar spaces and a classroom all in support of the University’s Writing Center, Teaching and Learning Center, Office for Accessibility and the Griot Institute for African Studies. Long term, the building will have a flexible program, providing the University with office space and lounge and exhibit space on the first and second floors. The lower floor was renovated as lab space for the Geology Department. The project included the surgical insertion of completely new MEP and life safety systems. The project will seek to be LEED Certified under USGBC LEED 2009.

Working with the University and the many artisans and craftsman, Celli-Flynn Brennan has helped repositioned and reimage Bucknell University’s aging Carnegie Library into a Campus Gem.

Visit Bucknell University’s website for more information about this exciting renovation.

CFB Names New Associate Principal

Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners, is pleased to announce that Eileen Macioce has become Associate Principal of the firm. Eileen is responsible for office management, finance and proposals.

Celli-Flynn Brennan’s Design Gets High Praise

Click on the link below to see the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s recent coverage of the addition and renovation project at Mt Lebanon High School.

Post Gazette website 4/19/15.

Post Gazette website 4/24/15.

Market Street Grocery Store Opening in Downtown Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh is finally getting a grocery store after five years. Celli-Flynn Brennan worked with Ralph Falbo and his partners on the design of this new and exciting space which features a coffee and liquor bar, Gaby & Jules bakery, a wine bar and a deli which will serve fresh meats, lunch meats, fresh seafood, prepared foods to go, and cheeses. Click on the links below to see the Post Gazette and Pittsburgh Business Times article covering the opening.

Post Gazette website.

Pittsburgh Business Times website.

Robert Morris University Featured in University Business

University Business February, 2015 edition featured an article entitled Inside Look: Business Schools. The School of Business at Robert Morris University, designed by Celli-Flynn Brennan, was one of seven schools highlighted in this article. Click on the link to view the full article.

University Business website.

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