The Pittsburgh Produce Terminal is a ‘Strip District’ landmark, dating to its original construction in the late 1920’s as a rail terminal. Failure of a section of clearstory brick wall panel prompted investigation and repair of various areas of brick construction.


  • Building is approximately 1,500- ft. long, stretching across seven city blocks
  • Evaluated over 120 brick piers at clerestory level
  • Reviewed original and renovation documents to determine typical wall construction
  • Developed rating system to evaluate deterioration severity

Most visitors to Pittsburgh’s ‘Strip District’ are familiar with the Produce Terminal building that dominates the north side of Smallman Street for seven city blocks. In addition to its shear size, the building is also considered by many to be an historic landmark given that it was constructed in the late 1920’s. Although the building has changed tenants and uses, it has remained a constant in this active shopping area. Unfortunately, some of the brick construction along the building’s lengthy fa?ade has deteriorated over the years. Portions of brick panel and brick piers actually started to fail. The building manager contacted Barber & Hoffman to provide immediate recommendations regarding occupant and pedestrian safety, as well as repair recommendations. Barber & Hoffman worked with the building manager to select a restoration contractor to complete timely repairs of failed areas. As demolition activities were completed, field sketches were created to facilitate the contractor’s work and to maintain job progress. As these repairs continued, Barber & Hoffman also reviewed other areas of the building to determine if additional work was needed. Through a pier rating system, we were able to communicate to the manager and building owner the recommended repairs to be completed. We have now engaged the manager in a long-term maintenance program for the building.

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