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Franjo Wins AIA Pittsburgh Award

TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel wins “Certificate of Merit”

Each year, AIA Pittsburgh hosts “Design Pittsburgh,” a celebration of architecture and design. It honors the teams who construct beautiful, iconic buildings in the Pittsburgh area. This event is held each October, and features an architectural design exhibition, a juried Design

Awards competition, a public voting opportunity for the “People’s Choice Award,” a reception for over 400 members, affiliates, design enthusiasts and guests, a VIP reception honoring the Gold Medal recipient and a ceremony recognizing winners of the AIA Pittsburgh’s Design Awards. Franjo was recently nominated among some of the best architects and builders in the Pittsburgh area, and was part of a team that won an award for 2019!

Franjo Construction was the lead contractor in the team that built the TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel. Desmone Architects was the architectural firm that worked with Franjo to build this hotel.


The TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel is set in the historic Washington Education Center Building at the base of the 40th Street Bridge. Saturated in neighborhood history and embellished with local art, the 108-room hotel is home to two restaurant concepts, a coffee bar and a wine shop, spectacular rooftop city and neighborhood views and two distinct event spaces for celebrations and events. TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville, a Windham property, is a local gathering space, just 3 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, 30 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport, in the heart of one of the city’s most celebrated art, dining and shopping districts. To view additional details from this project submission on AIA’s website, visit this link.


Franjo Wins AIA Pittsburgh Award for TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel


The TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel won “Certificate of Merit” in the Large category.

Below are additional specs on who was a part of the project, a brief project description, and jury comments, courtesy of AIA Pittsburgh’s 2019 Award Winners page.

  • LARGE: Certificate of Merit
  • TRYP by Wyndham Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville
    Century Hospitality
    Architecture Firm: Desmone Architects
    Contractor: Franjo Construction
    Engineers: Gateway Engineers, Keystone Structural Solutions, Pyramid Engineering
    Photographer: Ed Massery Photography
    Consultants: CDCP (Casey Droege Cultural Productions), Monmade
  • The TRYP team has brought back to life an over 100-year-old former vocational school in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. By preserving many of the original details and working with local designers and artisans, the 108-room hotel features two distinctive original restaurant spaces, panoramic rooftop views, a lobby lounge, coffee bar and wine shop, and event space.
  • JURY COMMENTS: This is a thoughtful and respectful adaptive re-use project.  The jury appreciated the historic details that were kept, re-purposed, or re-created, and that give guests a unique experience to capture glimpses into the building’s history.

Visit the AIA PGH website to view all of the AIA 2019 competition winners.

Franjo is proud to have been a part of an award-winning project. Thank you to the team at Desmone Architects for a successful project collaboration, and thank you to all those who supported the TRYP Hotel project and voted on the AIA site!

All photos courtesy of Ed Massery Photography, via AIA Pittsburgh. To view full details for the TRYP Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville Hotel project, visit this AIA  link for information and photos.

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