Community College of Allegheny County receives Allegheny West Preservation Award

Allegheny West Preservation Award Presentation 2016
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

West Hall renovation exemplifies outstanding attention to detail and historic preservation

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County has received a 2016 Allegheny West Preservation Award for its renovation of West Hall, located in the 800 block of Ridge Avenue on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus. The 8th Annual Allegheny West Preservation Awards were presented on May 10th at Calvary United Methodist Church in honor of National Historic Preservation Month. Receiving the award on behalf of CCAC were Dr. Quintin Bullock, president, and J.B. Messer, chief facilities officer.

Announced by the Allegheny West Civic Council and the Allegheny West Local Review Committee, the awardees are three property owners in Allegheny West who have completed projects over the past year, in which elements of historic character have been retained or restored through careful planning and research. 

The award reads: “In recognition of the outstanding renovation of West Hall. The Allegheny West Civic Council is proud to present this award. The renovation of this property is both an asset and an inspiration to the entire Allegheny West community.”

Representatives of CCAC met with members of the council and the committee several times over the last two years to discuss the historic appropriateness of the project and to provide updates on the renovation. The project included brick and stone cleaning, installation of new windows, elimination or relocation of several window louvers, pouring a new aggregate sidewalk, installation of new front doors while retaining the original entrance design and screening of the loading dock. The project is an example of the neighborhood and the college working together for the preservation of historic structures.

CCAC’s West Hall is being repurposed as the college’s new Cultural & Fine Arts Center, which will open for classes in the fall 2016 term. The center will house the Art, Music, Speech, Language and Criminal Justice departments and will feature an art gallery and choral performance area, as well as a recording studio.

For more information about the Allegheny West Preservation Awards, visit

Photo: Carole Malakoff, chair of the Allegheny West Local Review Committee, presents the 2016 Allegheny West Preservation Award to Dr. Quintin Bullock, president, CCAC.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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