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University Place Office Building

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University Place Office Building
University Place Office Building (University of Pittsburgh, 2007).jpg
University Place Building at the University of Pittsburgh
Coordinates40°26′38.75″N 79°57′23.02″W / 40.4440972°N 79.9563944°W / 40.4440972; -79.9563944
ArchitectEdward B. Lee and associate architect J. B. Blair
Architectural styleRenaissance revival[1]
Part ofSchenley Farms Historic District (#83002213[2])
Added to NRHPJuly 22, 1983

University Place Office Building was a 6-story building constructed in 1924[1][3] and had been a contributing property to the Schenley Farms National Historic District[4][5] on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Once located at 121 University Place (originally Natalie Avenue), the building was originally the Schenley Office Physicians Building designed by architect Edward B. Lee and associate architect J. B. Blair for the Physicians Land Company.[6] Long housing offices of physicians associated with the university's medical school and medical center, the building was acquired by the University in June 1983 for $1.25 million [7][8] and then housed a variety of University offices including the University Center for Social and Urban Research, until its demolition in 2011.[9]

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MATT MALONE: The first time I saw the campus, it was incredible. There's volleyball nets and colorful umbrellas. And you see people walking their dogs. It feels kind of like a playground, a big playground. KIM DAY: The atmosphere around Google, it's definitely very eccentric, but also very academic. MALE SPEAKER 1: At Google, we actually do have the ability to make more of an impact on people and more of a change in one year than many people do in their lifetimes. FLORIAN KOENIGSBERGER: It's an environment in which very few limitations are placed on where your mind can be during the day. MALE SPEAKER 1: You're all starting your teams this week. And some great advice is to not to be afraid to fail. But we want to flip that around a little bit and say don't be afraid to succeed. MATT MALONE: My name's Matt Malone. I'm a graduate intern here at Google in Consumer Operations this summer. I have a background as a Infantry officer in the Army. I thought leading people directly on the ground as a combat leader would provide the greatest leadership challenge. And then I switched over to working in Intelligence. That's where I really started to fall in love with technology. PAOLA CORREA: My name is Paola Correa. I go to the University of Miami. And I study advertising and marketing. When I was little, I used to collect ads. I used to get a kick out of going to different places and seeing how the same message would impact differently and would look differently. KIM DAY: My name is Kim Day. I'm from Melbourne, Florida. I'm studying physics and computer science at the Florida Institute of Technology. I grew up on the space coast of Florida. And I always grew up watching the shuttles take off from the Kennedy Space Center. And I knew that I really wanted to work with technology and be able to be on the cutting edge. FLORIAN KOENIGSBERGER: My name is Florian Koenigsberger, and I'm from New York City. Google as a company was attractive to me because they are a tech company that's been so much more than that. There isn't a place that Google is not. GRANT OAKLEY: I'm Grant Oakley. I'm from Spokane, Washington. Just the process of coding is actually surprisingly fun. You get this epic win at the end of the day, where you throw up the arms in celebration. It's exciting to work at Google because unlike a lot of software companies, I use Google products every day. That's pretty exciting. FEMALE SPEAKER 1: So we're headed upstairs. MATT MALONE: I've always thought of work as just-- as work. FEMALE SPEAKER 1: This is going to be your desk right here. MATT MALONE: At Google, it's completely different. At Google, I was extremely excited to start at work. I could barely sleep the first night. Yeah, my inbox has already been exploding. FEMALE SPEAKER 1: How many? Yeah, 45 emails for your first day's pretty good. MATT MALONE: I'm working in the Online Help Center. And my project is part of an effort that will completely change the way Google is reaching out to consumers and helping them with Google products. FEMALE SPEAKER 2: Our help centers are not just the US. But we have them in 40 plus languages. So you have to think about how we're going to manage that complexity. MATT MALONE: From your first day as a Google intern, you're treated as a regular employee. MALE SPEAKER 2: Don't presume that just because you're an intern as such that you're not a member of the team. FLORIAN KOENIGSBERGER: One usually expects as a new person to be at the bottom of the knowledge totem pole. The fact that I'm not is an illustration of how much responsibility is given to us as interns across the board. CHRIS: Paola? PAOLA CORREA: How are you? CHRIS: Doing good. I'm Chris. PAOLA CORREA: Nice to meet you. I'm Paola. CHRIS: I worked with a couple of interns last year. And every intern that I've seen come on has just exuded Googliness. PAOLA CORREA: I'll get the hang of it eventually. CHRIS: You'll get the hang of it. Don't be afraid to ask. PAOLA CORREA: OK. CHRIS: Is their work going to be challenging? Yeah, because the most important work is challenging. KIM DAY: This summer, I'm working on an email notification for Google Accounts. And it's going to be sent out to thousands of users. And it's going to make their accounts more secure. GRANT OAKLEY: My code helps developers test their code very efficiency. And that way, they can write good stable code for the products. MALE SPEAKER 3: You will be working on something that not only your team, but the entire Google will see. FEMALE SPEAKER 3: Basically, internship is like a good experience towards becoming a full-time hire, right? KIM DAY: The one thing that all the interns definitely have in common is passion and motivation to get these things done. Because you don't necessarily have to know everything. But you have to be willing to learn. FEMALE SPEAKER 4: Is this your first time at Google? INTERNS: [CHEERS]. PAOLA CORREA: The week has been unstoppable, restless, a bunch of activities. There's always something new. And the next activity or the next person that we meet is more exciting than the last. FLORIAN KOENIGSBERGER: They do a really, really good job of making you understand the way this place thinks. I think, specifically, of an exercise we did that gave a completely new perspective on how to brainstorm. MALE SPEAKER 4: What is brainstorming to you? Tell me what you guys said. MATT MALONE: It's focused on learning to put aside your judgments right away and avoid criticizing new ideas that may seem strange to you. FLORIAN KOENIGSBERGER: Impossible is not a word that's thrown around very often. I think it helps you imagine. I certainly did not associate imagination with productivity before coming here. But I think this place makes that real. PAOLA CORREA: For the rest of it, I know that there will be a lot of work involved, maybe some work that I don't know how to do. But a little bit of fear is good. MATT MALONE: I do feel a lot different after being here for my first week. I guess I've always identified myself very much with the military. I was in the military for five years. But I'm starting to see myself as a Googler. I see myself as someone who fits in here. I don't feel like an outsider. I feel Googley. GRANT OAKLEY: I would say meeting Sergey was definitely one of the highlights of my week, month, maybe year. He's fine, just stopped and shakes my hand. And then he rode off on his elliptical bike. It's pretty great. KIM DAY: Maybe it is a little early to say that after I've only been here a week or so, but I just feel like there's always going to be something new you're going to learn every day. And that's really the best part about being an engineer. FLORIAN KOENIGSGBERGER: If this is what being an intern feels like, I'd love to be an intern for the rest of my life. [MUSIC PLAYING]


University Center for Social and Urban Research

In its final years of use by the university, the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) was housed within the University Place Office Building. Established in 1972, the UCSUR serves as a resource for researchers and educators interested in basic and applied social and behavioral sciences and serves as a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaboration.[10] Research of the UCSUR focuses on five principal areas including urban and regional analysis, survey research, qualitative data analysis, gerontology, and environmental decision support. The center also offers a graduate certificate in gerontology.[11] In early 2009 the center opened a multipurpose data center which is HIPAA and FISMA compliant. The UCSUR data center is monitored 24/7 by the UCSUR Information Technology department. The data center maintains a 99.3% up time as of the summer of 2010.

Replacement with Nordenberg Hall

Nordenberg Hall on the former site of the University Place Office Building
Nordenberg Hall on the former site of the University Place Office Building

University Office Place was demolished in August 2011, following the approval from the Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission, to make way for a new $59 million, 10-story, 559-bed university residence hall, named Nordenberg Hall that was designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis along with the Pittsburgh-based firm MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni Inc.[12] Nordenberg Hall, which opened for the 2013 fall semester, occupies the former footprints of 121 University Place and its former adjacent parking lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and University Place. Former University Office Place resident UCSUR was relocated to the Gold Building (3343 Forbes Ave).[13] Nordenberg Hall includes ground floor retail space, a university pharmacy, and a second floor student wellness and counseling center.[14][15][16] The residence hall also contains two sound-proof music practice rooms, and on the third floor, a fitness room and an outdoor rooftop terrace.[16][17] The residence hall features 200-square-foot (19 m2) double-occupancy rooms that are equipped with small refrigerators, microwave ovens, and flat-screen TVs. Communal social spaces, study lounges, and bathrooms were intentionally designed to encourage students to leave their rooms to interact with other students and gain a sense of connectedness.[17] The residence hall was named in honor of Mark Nordenberg, the university's previous chancellor who retired in August, 2014.[18]

In literature

University Place Office Building is the namesake and a location setting of a book published in 2007 by Louis Panesi entitled 121 University Place: A Father's Abuse / A Doctor's Love.[19]


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  19. ^ Panesi, Louis (2007). 121 University Place: A Father's Abuse / A Doctor's Love- The Powerful Story of a Tortured Boy Who Prevailed With The Help of a Very Special Doctor. Pineville, NC: Pass It on Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9792166-0-2.

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Preceded by
Thackeray Hall
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
University Place Office Building

Constructed: 1924
Succeeded by
Bellefield Hall
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