Redevelopment of the Robert E. Williams Shelter

Redevelopment of the Robert E. Williams Shelter Redevelopment of the Robert E. Williams Shelter 3D Rendering

The Robert E. Williams Park Shelter was established in 1963. Since then, it has become a vital hub for the surrounding community of the Upper Hill District, as well as the Greater Hill District and the Greater City of Pittsburgh.

Recently, the City of Pittsburgh performed an assessment of all its facilities. Included in the review was the shelter at the Robert E. Williams Park, in which several structural issues posing safety risks to the public were highlighted.

Based on this report, the City has embarked on a project to redevelop the shelter anew. A series of 5 community meetings from 2018-2019 were held on site to get feedback from the community on the shelter’s design. The contract for the architect selected for the redevelopment, R3A Architecture, was executed in January of 2020. They have been tasked with executing the design that was vetted by the community.

Due to COVID 19, there have been delays in the redevelopment of the shelter. As of right now, the goal is to begin demolition in late 2020, with construction slated to begin in early 2021. Depending on the state of the pandemic this time frame is subject to change. 

This page serves as a hub for all information related to the shelter, including meeting announcements and materials connected to the redesign of the structure.


General Documents

Community Meeting Presentation 9.3.2020
Community Meeting 7.28.2020
Community Meeting Presentation 2.7.19
Community Meeting Presentation 10.22.18
Community Meeting Presentation 9.13.18
Community Meeting Presenation - 7.19.18
Community Meeting Informational Card - 7.19.18
Informational Card


Upcoming Community Meetings

Virtual Community Meeting on Redevelopment of the Robert E. Williams Park Shelter
Update to be provided on the design of the building and announcement on the updates to the park grounds and playground.
Date: Thursday, September 3
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 885 1001 6980
Meeting Password: 548709


Prior Community Meetings

Schenley Heights Collaborative Virtual Community Meeting
Update provided on the renovation timeline.
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Department of City Planning: Development Activities Meeting
Required meeting per City guidelines for new developments to be presented to stakeholders.
Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Robert E. Williams Shelter
Date: July 10
Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Robert E Williams Shelter
Date: February 7
Time: 6pm-8pm