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For many years, MCF has been at the forefront of academic architecture, establishing a remarkable track record while collaborating with nearly fifty institutions across fifteen states. Our unwavering dedication to this field has been instrumental in creating transformational opportunities for learners nationwide. Our portfolio in higher education is diverse and includes active classrooms, modern residence halls, state-of-the-art instructional facilities, cutting-edge health science spaces, innovative research labs, vibrant student centers, inviting dining facilities, well-equipped athletic centers, awe-inspiring theaters, and outstanding fine arts facilities.

Remaining attuned to the ever-evolving landscape of campus trends is a priority for us. By staying up-to-date with the latest developments, we can optimize space utilization, enrich campus life, streamline project delivery, and effectively manage costs. Our commitment to understanding and implementing these trends ensures that the spaces we design are tailored to meet the unique needs of each institution and the communities they serve.

Scaife Hall, School of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

MCF Architecture is the architect of record  for the Renovation and Addition of Scaife Hall. This new Universitry of Pittsburgh Medical School Building will include a seven-story west wing with an updated anatomy lab for 150 students. The space includes a new divisible 600-seat lecture hall, team-based learning rooms, classrooms, small group rooms, wet/dry teaching lab, new anatomy lab and an AR/VR Tech lab. This Medical School Academic School will be a social hub activated by a new monumental stair and interactive multimedia displays.

TYPE  Addition / Renovation


SIZE  109,000 sqft.

Christ the Teacher, Academic Building

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio has been growing in its enrollment in recent years, and as such has had a great need for more academic instructional space on campus. From previous master plans, it had been determined that the program of this roughly 110,000 SF building would include academic spaces for the University’s readily growing Business, Nursing, and Engineering programs, as well as a conference space for the University’s many religious and outreach conferences held throughout the year. The addition of these spaces on campus will allow the University to provide their students with state-of-the-art facilities for these programs and allow greater capacities of students to be added to the programs in the future. In addition, the building features offices for the University’s Admissions and Enrollment departments, and will be used to showcase many of the University’s prime academic offerings to both new and prospective students. 

TYPE  New Construction 


SIZE  110,000 sqft.

Life Science Building

University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg

MCF Architecture’s design included the creation of a new facade, multiple entry points and a variety of learning spaces including: Nursing Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab, Anatomy & Physiology Lab, a Simulation Suite, Atrium, Microscopy Digital Imaging Lab, NMR/Instrumentation Lab, Tissue Culture Lab, Student Capstone Labs, Exam Room, Greenhouse and Atrium. The building has a new corridor connection, creating a unified Life Sciences Complex. 

TYPE  Addition / Renovation


SIZE  32,085 sqft.

2023 Project Finalist - MBA Building Excellence Awards