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Equitable Plaza

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One measure of an urban plaza’s success is its ability to withstand the test of time. Another measure of a site’s success is the amount of use it receives. Equitable Plaza has proven itself on both counts. The spatial design and quality of materials used at Equitable Plaza withstand large amounts of pedestrian traffic, such as Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival where more than 100,000 people visit the Plaza, yet also accommodates vehicles for loading and emergency access. The design provides flexible stage areas and exhibit nodes with electricity for both daytime and evening festival use. However, when special events are over at the Plaza, it remains a vibrant and well used space in the heart of the city with timeless fountains, planting areas, sitting space and walkways.

EPD developed the master plan and construction documents for Equitable Plaza in the 1950's under the direction of John O. Simonds. The Plaza was constructed as part of Pittsburgh's first downtown renaissance and was modeled after EPD's work at Mellon Square. The entire Plaza is situated above an underground parking garage.