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PITTSBURGH, April 4-- The University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees approved the building under construction at Fifth Avenue and Halket Street to include the new headquarters for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).

SHRS currently has the fourth largest enrollment on the University’s campus, with more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential, online and hybrid programs. The school's programs and labs reside in seven buildings across Pittsburgh. The new Fifth and Halket location, targeted for completion by December 2025, will consolidate SHRS programs that are in three buildings along Forbes Avenue, bringing most of SHRS’ 30-plus programs under one roof. 

“This is a watershed moment for SHRS,” said Dean Anthony Delitto. “This is the school’s first building that will be specifically and strategically designed to meet SHRS’ immediate and future needs with modernized teaching facilities, especially for those programs currently occupying Forbes Tower and McKee Place. Modernization will not just be in classroom technology, but also in the clinical training facilities where students will work with state-of-the-art equipment.”

Delitto continues, "Uniting nine of our 13 health care disciplines in one location will foster greater collaboration, strengthen the SHRS community and provide more opportunities for interprofessional experiences for our students, improving their readiness for the realities of health and rehabilitative care. The building will also be a hub for SHRS interprofessional education opportunities for all SHRS students, including those in programs at Bakery Square, Bridgeside Point, the Neuromuscular Research Lab, the Southside Works Box Office and other locations.” 

The estimated $75 million budget to develop SHRS’ new space underscores the University’s commitment to the growth and continued success of its highly reputable health professional education programs offered through Pitt Health Sciences. 

“Bringing together so many SHRS programs in a single building, within walking distance of our other schools of the health sciences, will foster collaboration and encourage more interdisciplinary learning opportunities,” said Anantha Shekhar, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of Pitt’s School of Medicine.

In addition to the academic programs, the SHRS Dean’s Offices will also be headquartered in the new location. This will give staff in Student Affairs and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement direct access to more students, making them able to better gauge the services and resources necessary to benefit all SHRS students. The Fifth and Halket location will also offer SHRS faculty, staff and students increased opportunity for collaborative interaction through greater proximity to Pitt’s campus and key partners such as UPMC, the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center and other schools of the health sciences.

The University is excited to provide additional and cutting-edge learner space as Pitt expands its footprint in Oakland. Design and construction plans for the new 159,000-square-foot facility’s six floors included engagement and feedback from Pitt Health Sciences’ stakeholders on how to support current and future programming needs for all didactic and clinical environments.

“The University’s new Fifth and Halket building reinforces all that is possible at Pitt, building upon Pitt Health Sciences’ renowned teaching and learning foundation,” said Dave DeJong, senior vice chancellor for business and operations. “We look forward to continued construction progress and programming fit out of the building, which will include state-of-the-art classrooms, simulation and lab spaces.”

The University’s Planning, Design and Construction team will partner with SHRS and additional future building occupants to pursue LEED certification for the building, supporting the University’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2037.    

More details and all current information for the Fifth and Halket building, including proof-of-concept interior designs, are on a new, dedicated SHRS Fifth and Halket webpage. It will be updated as new information becomes available.


Established in 1969 as the School of Health Related Professions, SHRS currently has the fourth largest enrollment  on the University’s campus, with more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students in its residential, online and hybrid programs. In 2023, SHRS had research expenditures of more than $29 million.