Recent Projects

The UCM Web Team is responsible for Pitt’s institutional presence on the World Wide Web. Working closely with academic and administrative deparments, we strive to build sites that provide visitors with an intuitive and rewarding user experience, meet accessiblity and brand standards, and adhere to industry best practices. We offer a flexible and user-friendly content management system (CMS) so units may manage routine content updates. Below are a few of examples of the sites our team has produced.  

Pittwire is the University’s official news service, highlighting stories about Pitt that are of broad public interest. News stories are organized into categories — innovation and research, campus, students, alumni, giving, faculty and teaching, staff, and diversity and community — that align with Pitt’s key stakeholders and its strategic goals.

The University events calendar, Pitt's first institution-wide calendar, is populated with hundreds of events by contributors from around the University. The calendar is featured on Pitt.edu, and events may also be accessed through individual unit sites, Pittwire, the University Times, social media, and many other channels.

University Communications, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and advised by a University-wide advisory committee, produced the current iteration of the institutional site at www.pitt.edu. It connects visitors to the more than 350 academic and administrative unit sites. The next iteration of the pitt.edu gateway is anticipated to launch in 2020.

With photos, links, and map locations for than 200 Pittsburgh campus facilities, the campus tour includes a 360-degree virtual tour, access to campus webcams, a general photo tour plus tours focusing on research labs, residence halls, the Cathedral of Learning, and sustainability. It also includes a basic campus map.

Consistent with Pitt’s policy of making its long-range planning process inclusive and transparent, this website outlines planning goals; posts plan-related news, events and notes from planning sessions; and includes a form inviting site visitors to submit feedback and questions.

The updated Cool Pittsburgh site is for people new to Pitt and its hometown, especially graduate and professional school students, postdocs and new members of the campus faculty. It offers tips on living, eating, playing, shopping and getting around in the city.

This site posts statements, Tweets, and other communications from Chancellor Patrick Gallagher as well as information on his leadership team and office staff, Pitt governance, awards and more. A “Contact Us” page enables visitors to submit invitations, requests, and comments.

One of the larger and more complex sites created by University Communications, this site serves as the provost’s chief online communications forum. It features sections for faculty, students, research, University planning and office initiatives, and includes hundreds of pages of policies and guidelines.

The Web site for Pitt’s Personalized Education Initiative features initiative details, projects funded through the initiative, personalized education resources at Pitt, a video, and online forms for submitting grants and for providing feedback and input on the initiative.

Our team added content management functionality that will simultaneously update the campus alert status on emergency.pitt.edu and on police.pitt.edu. We also improved the presentation and workflow for posting ongoing emergency updates on the site.

Our team updated the Pitt-Greensburg website's user interface and overall graphic look after similarly revamping the Johnstown campus site. With easier navigation that provides information clearly and concisely, the site now better serves the needs of prospective and current students.

As its title indicates, the Lives Saved, Lives Changed site details how animal research has led to medical advances in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. The site also describes Pitt’s high standards of care for research animals.

We restructured the office's site to better communicate the office’s expanding community engagement endeavors while also prominently featuring Pitt Advocates, the University's Community Engagement Centers, and CGR’s various newsletters.

@Pitt is a new digital communication created expressly for Pitt faculty and staff members. @Pitt complements the existing publications that faculty and staff already receive and focuses on institutional and administrative content, plus practical news-you-can-use for an internal professional community.

As the online hub for Pitt’s master planning process, the Campus Master Plan site enables visitors to review the draft plan, submit feedback on planning proposals, and find information and news reports about the process. The site also describes Pitt’s approach to campus planning and includes a Q&A about the process.

Facilities Management updated its site in 2018. It showcases recent building renovation projects and updates, shares construction updates with the community, and highlights FM’s core services. The site upgrade added up-to-date images and incorporated new features that allow for effective marketing of department goals, such as a quick-icon area to help users access information they need quickly.

Our team updated the College of General Studies site's user interface and overall graphic look, using our University web theme. With easier navigation that provides information and services clearly and concisely, the site better serves the needs of prospective and current students.

Our team redesigned the school's site to focus more on student recruitment. It was built with a customized version of our latest marketing-oriented template—replacing a previous vendor-produced format. New grid content types allow for better placement of information on resources and academics pages.

A complete reorganization of the Human Resources site made it easier for visitors to find its most popular sections based on services (employee resources, health benefits, etc.) and audiences (new and current employees, students, retirees). Special features include a "Stay Connected with Us" page with links to social media and transportation resources.

The School of Education website was reorganized to better highlight academic programs as opposed to departments. A program-finder page, colorful grids and imagery, and more dynamic navigation helped to place the school’s various learning opportunities front and center. News stories also are strongly positioned using homepage blocks that link to a dedicated news page.

This hub for future medical professionals required a face lift. The newly launched site now reflects the school’s impressive legacy and will benefit any of the school’s future partnerships and attract support.

Our overhaul of the IT website included a fresh new design and a clean, easy-to-use list of the office's services, software and help sheets. IT service status, service announcements and security alerts all appear on the homepage, so Pittsburgh-campus IT issues can now be found online in one spot.

Our team enhanced this site's user interface and back-end content management system. We also implemented a new site structure and an audience-based navigation. (Previously, the site had grouped all services together.) The homepage now provides a clearer snapshot of key services and links.

Extensively updated in summer 2017 as Kathleen Blee became dean, this site serves as a portal to the school’s 45 departments and programs. Special features include a virtual tour, a diversity page, and a link to the Dietrich School’s e-newsletter, which our team also produced.

The PTS website is a hub for a variety of services, including Parking, Transportation, Commuting, Surplus, Mailing Services, Printing Services, Moving Services and Central Receiving. Our redesign created a consistent look across the pages for all of those units, featuring a feature image followed by a grid of links.

The school's site was completely revamped with a fresh design and new content architecture. It is one of the largest and most complex Pitt websites, featuring six departments and more than 35 programs, with each functioning as a mini-website with unique functionality and custom permissions.

Business.pitt.edu serves as a portal to the College of Business Administration (undergraduate studies) and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business sites. While primarily a student recruitment tool, the site also connects visitors—including industry partners and employers—to Pitt Business strategic centers and initiatives, and it provides comprehensive information for alumni.