Eaton/Cutler Hammer

This corporate headquarters for Cutler Hammer, the electrical component division of Eaton Corporation, is responsible for many items utilized in today’s buildings. Their products include the primary electrical switch gear and the power distribution boxes and components necessary for a state of the art electrical system. The building features a central lobby with an interactive computer display system that monitors the building’s electrical system status.

The first floor contains a central cafeteria, workout room and conference areas, with executive offices, accounting, data, sales and distribution offices on the upper floors.

The exterior of the building is brick veneer with large areas of reflective blue glass.  The building is powered in emergency conditions by a back-up diesel generator.

In 2007 M+H Architects began work on another project for Eaton, in the same location in Moon Township, Pittsburgh, PA. This Gold LEED Certified project involves nearly doubling the size of the original building and integrating 3 other Pittsburgh locations into this one.  Eaton, the parent company of Cutler Hammer, is head-quartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and has diversified to include a broad industrial and commercial focus comprising four distinct segments: Electrical, Fluid Power, Truck and Automotive.

This new, three story, 120,000 SF office building is connected to the existing building by a three story connection link, including an expansion of approximately 3,000 SF to the cafeteria and food service facility.

The addition includes areas for research and development, an executive briefing center for demonstrating the cutting-edge technology offered by their products, and labs for testing equipment. Green elements incorporated into the Eaton expansion included 13 Eaton products that conserve energy, improve indoor air quality and provide unique features such as daylight harvesting associated with Eaton Electrical Group’s POW R Command lighting control system.

I cannot forget to send accolades for the outstanding job that Rick Hansen from M+H Architects and Kim Johnson from O’Toole Design Associates accomplished in designing the addition. Rick especially went above and beyond to ensure that the new facility would meet every expectation of Clayco and Eaton Electrical.

-Mr. Gerald S. Osmanski, Former Director, Facilities and Energy Conservation for Eaton/Cutler Hammer