Monday, July 9, 2012

Exploring the Reuse of the Westinghouse Electric Plant

I had occasion to visit an office/ manufacturing complex in East Pittsburgh called Keystone Commons.  What I was very pleasantly surprised to find, during my visit, is that Keystone Commons is the former Westinghouse Electric plant.  In its heyday, this plant was a behemoth, making massive turbines for electric generators.  The plant closed in the 1980's, and was resurrected by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) as a small manufacturing and office center.  The Commons is made up of multiple buildings.  In this one, you can look down on what had been the manufacturing floor.  On either side are offices now, and you can drive right up and park your car in front of it.  Above, you can see the huge gantry cranes used in moving the turbines about the floor.  This is one of Pittsburgh's many hidden gems -- a reflection of its manufacturing past in the garb of a modern day use.

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