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Pittsburgh, PA 15212
LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) • Certified • Silver • 2011
Project Name: Alcoa: Corporate Center
201 Isabella Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Project Types(s): Office
Building Size (Square Feet): 350,000
Certification Status: Certified
Rating System: LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB)
Certification Level: Silver
Certification Year: 2011
The project provides a much more open environment as an office building. The wave facade of the building illuminates the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh. The interior maintains an open office environment design, allowing for employees to interact easier.
Key Green Features: Native Landscaping, Passive Solar Design, Salvaged Materials
A sensitive treatment of Allegheny riverfront was considered during construction. The site is near public transit, landscaped with indigenous plants. Bicycling trails are easily accessible for occupants to use, and showers and storage for bicyclists are provided.
The landscape with indigenous plants helps maintain stormwater runoff.
Energy & Atmosphere
The building is eligible for an Energy Star rating of 76. Innovations with energy designs have saved 1.2 million kBtu, accounting for 15% of energy costs and 30% of green house gas emissions
Material & Resources
Recycled content materials and climate appropriate materials have been used, in which most wood is from sustainable forests.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Varied light levels have been installed for different tasks. Underfloor air is refreshed via displacement ventilation. Occupants have control of lighting and HVAC. All work stations are 45 feet or less from windows; the windows are over 11 feet high at each level. Extensive daylight is throughout the opened planned space; the building is oriented to maximize use of sun and shade. Low-VOC materials improve air quality. Appropriate isolated storage has been made for cleaning products.
Innovation In Operations
Occupant recycling has been taken into effect.
In Their Words
"It's a place where people matter. The entire building is your office, and within the building everone works collaboratively."- Paul O-Neil, former chairman of Alcoa.
Green Building and Sustainability Curriculum
Since the 1980's, Alcoa has been committed to coporate wide sustainability initiatives. They have achieved a reduction in green house gas emissions of 37% in 2010. They have won numberous sustainability leadership awards over the years. In 2010, Alcoa committed to targeting sustainability iniatives such as climate change, water, community consultation, and supplier sustainability programs.
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