K&L Gates Center

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K&L Gates Center
KL Gates Center.jpg
The K&L Gates Center with its current sign
General information
Type Office
Location 210 6th Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′31″N 80°00′00″W / 40.4420°N 80°W / 40.4420; -80Coordinates: 40°26′31″N 80°00′00″W / 40.4420°N 80°W / 40.4420; -80
Completed 1968
Owner Kojaian Cos
Height
Roof 511 ft (156 m)
Technical details
Floor count 39
Floor area 617,000 ft (188,000 m)
Lifts/elevators 16 passenger 1 freight
Design and construction
Architect William Lescaze and Associates

K&L Gates Center is one of the major distinctive and recognizable features of Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

K&L Gates Center (long known as One Oliver Plaza and briefly as FreeMarkets Center and later Ariba Center), was completed in 1968. It has 39 floors, and rises 511 feet or 156 meters above Downtown Pittsburgh. The building sits at the intersection of Liberty Avenue, Sixth Avenue and Wood Street. Facing the EQT Plaza tower across the street, it shares a city block with One PNC Plaza, Two PNC Plaza and Three PNC Plaza; this "superblock" was created by the closing of Oliver Avenue in the late 1960s. Located beneath the building is Wood Street Station, a subway station on Pittsburgh's light rail network.

In 2007, the international law firm K&L Gates entered into an agreement to become the largest tenant in the building by 2010. In 2009, extensive construction began on the building lobby, the exterior facade of the first two floors and the plazas surrounding the building. The K&L Gates signage replaced Ariba at the top of the building. K&L Gates also removed a sculpture in the building's lobby in order to maintain a consistent decor. The artwork, a large enamel-on-steel mural by Virgil Cantini, has been donated to the University of Pittsburgh by the building's owner.[1][2][3]

The building when it was known as the Ariba Center

The lobby was reopened in February, 2010. In March 2010, K&L Gates became the building’s largest tenant, having sponsored both the renaming of the building and a revitalization of the building’s ground-floor lobby, exterior entry facade and adjoining plaza.[4]

Among the building's artwork is a new, illuminated entry portal connecting the building with the street, with five “Light Columns” created by artist Cerith Wyn Evans [5] illuminating the interior space as well as the outside plaza. These columns are complemented by the neon wall sculpture “Mobius Strip,” also by Wyn Evans, at the entry reception desk. The use of light within architectural environments is a cornerstone of Wyn Evans’s practice, with this site-specific piece having been created exclusively for the K&L Gates Center.[6]

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References[edit]

  • Toker, Franklin (2007). Buildings of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh: Chicago: Society of Architectural Historians; Santa Fe: Center for American Places ; Charlottesville: In association with the University of Virginia Press. ISBN 0-8139-2650-5. 
Preceded by
Grant Building
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Height
511 feet (156 m)
39 floors
Succeeded by
Citizens Bank Tower
Preceded by
Federal Building
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Year of Completion
1968
Succeeded by
Westinghouse Tower