Duquesne University Power Center

Duquesne University’s state-of-the-art, 7-story Recreation and Conference Center (“the Power Center”) features 80,000 SF dedicated to recreation and fitness, featuring a wide array of fun and challenging ways to stay fit and well, in a facility designed to deliver higher performance, greater flexibility, and new applications in a cost effective and strategic manner. The Power Center includes racquet ball courts, two gymnasiums, locker rooms, aerobic studios, a fitness center, exercise and dance studios, a bookstore, coffeehouse, offices for the athletics department, a wellness resource center, plus new classrooms and other academic facilities, all media-rich and with a high level of connectivity.

Fulfilling the need for high-level meeting space on campus, the top floor of the Power Center is also a full-featured conference center. Managed separately, it features an impressively flexible large divisible ballroom, configurable in a number of ways, accommodating over 400 for a banquet or 700+ for a lecture. In addition, a pre-function area not only serves as staging for the ballroom, but also contains independently configured technology systems, and can operate as a completely independent presentation facility when needed. The Conference Center also offers multiple breakout rooms, and the entire facility boasts a high level of finish.

Additionally, The Power Center includes a multiple retail spaces at street level, including the University’s signature restaurant Red Ring. The mixed-use nature of the expansion — commercial and educational — has been effective in increasing the already significant economic impact the University has on the region, estimated at over $300 million annually.


Pittsburgh, PA


DRS Architects


Key Facts

  • 80,000 GSF
  • Budget $27M