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Our Story

WTW Throughout the Years

Throughout our over sixty-year history, the WTW team has been honored to work on some incredibly exciting and transformational projects. Over the years, the firm's work has expanded into many different market segments and seen many tidal waves across the design and construction arena. Our team is privileged to continue our work across many segments, with a national reputation for being higher education student life thought leaders. The timeline below highlights some of the firm's biggest accomplishments and milestones. 


Where It All Started...

1957: Paul Whitehead joins Tom Williams and Tom Trebilcock as architects for William H. Young & Associates, a subsidiary of Mellon Stuart Construction Co. 

1959: Tom, Paul, and Tom move to the Republic Building. 


WTW's Entrance into the Higher Ed Market....

1960: WTW embarks on their first design-build projects, a series of buildings for Mobay Chemical on the Parkway West. 

1965: The firm secures the opportunity to do a Master Plan for a new Penn State campus at New Kensington. A number of building projects at this New Kensington campus follow, marking the firms entry into the higher education market.

1966: Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Moon has a roof composed of four thin shell concrete hyperbolic paraboloids. Through the 1960s and 1970s, WTW would complete a series of church commissions. 


Diving Into Historic Renovation and Re-Use Projects

1970: WTW officially becomes a Professional Corporation. 

1975: The WTW team completes their first major historic renovation project - restoring the Post Office at Allegheny Center for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 

1976: WTW completed the first large-scale adaptive re-use projects in Pittsburgh - Fort Pitt Commons and the Hartley Rose Building. 


A Shift into Student Unions and Health Care

1980: WTW partners with Ellerbe Becket to complete projects at North Hills Passavant and Jefferson Hospitals, marking the firm's entrance into the healthcare market segment. 

1983: WTW moves into the Timber Court building on Pittsburgh's North Shore. The firm's headquarters will remain here for 38 years. 

1983: The obsession with student unions begins with the WTW team renovating the Historic 1895 Schenley Hotel into the William Pitt Union for the University of Pittsburgh. 

1985: The second significant union project is added to the portfolio - The Hadley Union Building at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

1985: The WTW team, in collaboration with Hugh Stubbins, designs Fifth Avenue Place. 

1989: Richard DeYoung is named the first additional principal since the founding of WTW. He held a leadership position at WTW for 32 years and was President & CEO when he retired.


WTW Takes Their Higher Ed Practice National

1993: WTW completes a feasibility study for the student union at The Ohio State University, marking the firm’s entry into the national higher education market.

1997: A Wall Street Journal article is released featuring WTW's student union work.  


A Decade of Transformative Design

2001: The WTW team completes their first higher education student housing project securing the firm's place in this market segment. 

Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, opens for the season! WTW partnered with HOK to bring this transformational facility to life. 

2005: The WTW team wins the first of many Facility Design Excellence awards from the Association of College Unions International, this one being for the team's work on the University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

2006: The WTW team completes a series of community recreation projects (notably the Peters Township Recreation Center & the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center), securing the firm's place in this market segment. 

2007: Construction is completed on WTW's Davis Student Center at the University of Vermont, which is the first LEED Gold student union in the world. 


Leadership Growth and WTW's 60 Year Celebration

2012: The highly awarded School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) is completed at The Pennsylvania State University. 

2013: WTW wins their tenth ACUI Facility Design Excellence Award for the Tombros & McWhirter Knowledge Commons at The Pennsylvania State University. 

2013: Current Senior Principals, Larry Payne and Warren Bulseco, join the leadership group. 

2015: Construction is completed on WTW's first multi-family housing development in Pittsburgh, marking the firm's entrance into this market segment. 

2015: WTW begins their long standing relationship with Aramark, having now completed over 200 projects with them. 

2018: The Gold 1 Parking Garage is completed on Pittsburgh's North Shore. This facility is the first ParksmartSM Gold certified parking structure in the world.

2019: Current Principals, Amy Maceyko and Maria Kyriacopoulos join the leadership group as Associate Principals, becoming the first two female Principals in the firm's history. 

2019: This year marks WTW's 60th anniversary. 


What the WTW Team is Up To Now...

2021: The firm enters a new chapter, including a total rebranding and an office move from Timber Court to Washington's Landing. 

2021: WTW embarks on a partnership with HNTB to design the state-of-the-art Arena & Sports Performance Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  

2021: Larry Payne becomes the firm's President & CEO.

2023: The WTW team wins their eighteenth ACUI Facility Design Excellence Award for the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota. This award marks the WTW team having more Facility Design Awards than any other architecture firm.

2023: Greg Smith becomes an Associate Principal. Associate Principals Amy Maceyko and Maria Kyriacopoulos are elevated to Principals. 

2024: WTW joins AE Works to create one of the largest architecture firms headquartered in Pittsburgh.


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