April 8, 2021

Carlow University Selects Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate as its Partner for the Lower Campus, Fifth Avenue Development

Carlow University, a leading university in the health sciences, announced today that following a national search and RFP process, it has selected Edgemoor to develop its Lower Campus, a 1.77-acre tract of property located along Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street, through a public-private partnership.

Edgemoor will develop an Interdisciplinary Health & Science Center to support the growth of Carlow’s strong portfolio of health science programs, along with an innovation-focused mixed-use building consisting of office and research space for private tenants or institutions that wish to establish or grow a presence in the Pittsburgh Innovation District and co-locate with Carlow students and faculty. 

Development in this area of Oakland will create density and vibrancy to attract, retain, and promote quality businesses and retail segments to support the local economy when the project is complete in the summer of 2024.

The development site is strategically situated near the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station at the intersection of Craft Avenue and Fifth Avenue.  The development will increase green space and will include a public plaza that will provide additional gathering space adjacent to the BRT station.

“We are thrilled to partner with Edgemoor on this exciting project for Carlow University,” said Carlow President Suzanne Mellon PhD. “Our team was thoroughly impressed with Edgemoor’s proven track record of success with the delivery and long-term operations of higher education P3s, as well as their commitment to community benefits and economic inclusion. We are highly confident in their leadership for the project.

“Building a new Interdisciplinary Health & Science Center that includes state-of-the-art academic spaces for educating and training health care practitioners and students in other science programs is vital to our region as our graduates will fill jobs that are in high demand. This development will increase the University’s visibility in Pittsburgh’s Innovation District with a new landmark entrance to campus, provide critical academic facilities, and bring private industry to campus in a collaborative environment.”

Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle lauded the partnership, saying, “The development of this property will also bring an infusion of construction jobs into the West Oakland neighborhood and region, which will pay a family sustaining wage and include specialized on-the-job training. This will both enhance and greatly support the local economy.

"What's more, through their (Edgemoor) partnership with Massaro (Corporation), they are committed to finding innovative ways to reach the highest levels of MWDBE participation and help build out the local and Black economy in the surrounding neighborhoods.”

The Interdisciplinary Health & Science Center will house the University’s four new graduate health science programs: Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Physician Assistant, and Occupational Therapy. These graduate programs will supply qualified health care professionals to satisfy regional and national needs in professions that are growing rapidly. Additionally, the development will enable Carlow to provide viable support and new resources to the West Oakland neighborhood in the areas of education; health and wellness; career readiness, training and job growth; and advocacy.

“We are delighted to partner with Carlow University on this dynamic, innovation-focused development,” said Edgemoor Senior Managing Director, Geoffrey Stricker.  “We recognize that this project represents an exceptional opportunity for Carlow University and the surrounding West Oakland neighborhood. The Edgemoor team is honored to collaborate with Carlow and the community to deliver a facility which everyone can be proud of.”

The Lower Campus project will be delivered by a team with an unparalleled combination of local and national expertise. Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, an award-winning leader in commercial real estate and P3 development, will partner with Carlow to deliver the project. Based in Bethesda, MD, Edgemoor has used the P3 model to successfully deliver and operate multiple higher education facilities across the country.

“This is exciting news for Carlow and the entire Oakland community,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “This project is right in line with the vision for the community and adds to the Innovation District that is not just growing but flourishing in that neighborhood. We look forward to all that this project will add to our county and region.”

Additional team members include Gensler, the #1 ranked university architect in the U.S. by Building Design & Construction Magazine, with extensive experience designing over 20 million square feet in Pittsburgh, as Designer; and Clark/Massaro, a joint venture made up of Clark Construction Group, LLC, a national contractor with experience successfully delivering over 100 higher education projects on campuses across the country, and Massaro Corporation, a well-regarded local contractor with over fifty years building in Pittsburgh and experience delivering over 90 projects in the Oakland neighborhood alone, as General Contractor. MWDBE business participation is of utmost importance to Carlow as this project progresses, and Edgemoor will ensure that maximum opportunities are given to these local businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Drew Wilson, Director of Media Relations, Carlow University
(412) 578-2095

Geoffrey Stricker, Senior Managing Director, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate
(301) 272-2990

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in two colleges: the College of Health and Wellness and the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Health and Wellness includes the departments of Nursing, Respiratory Care, Healthcare Data Analytics, and Health Management.

About Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate

As a leader in the development, financing, leasing, operations, and activation of public buildings, infrastructure, and commercial real estate, Edgemoor has delivered (or has under development) more than $4 billion P3s, some of which include the George Mason University Arlington Campus Expansion Innovation Building in Arlington, VA; the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Modernization project in Kansas City, MO; the Howard County Circuit Courthouse project in Ellicott City, MD; the University of Kansas Central District Development project in Lawrence, KS; the George Mason University Long and Kimmy Nguyen Building in Fairfax, VA; the Long Beach Civic Center and Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse projects in Long Beach, CA; the University of California, San Francisco Sandler Neuroscience Center; and the Route 28 Corridor Improvements in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, VA. Edgemoor was recently honored as a Profiles in Diversity Journal Top 10 Innovation in Diversity for 2020 Award Winner and as P3 Bulletin’s 2019 Developer of the Year.


Carlow University, a leading university in the health sciences, announced today that following a national search and RFP process, it has selected Edgemoor to develop its Lower Campus, a 1.77-acre tract of property located along Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street, through a public-private partnership.
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