Archive | Green Project Profiles


Thoughtful Balance’s Recent Passive House Project: Did We or Did We Not?

We have completed our McKeesport Downtown Housing project, 84 units of single room occupancy (SRO) housing for people at risk for homelessness.  It is a remarkable project in several ways; it is the first attempt at a complex multi-family retrofit as a Passive House in the country, it is a historic building insulated from the inside, […]

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Chatham's Eden Hall Campus is an old farm in Richland Township.

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus to be a Leader in Sustainability

GBA’s staff members have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Chatham University’s new Eden Hall campus, which will be home to Chatham’s School for Sustainability and the Environment.  Several tours were offered, each focusing on a different topic.  Dana Snyder and I took a drive up to Eden Hall (an old farm […]

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An Inside Look: Green Project Profiles

One of the best perks of working at GBA is the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the region’s green projects.  We want to share that opportunity with you in this section of The Leaflet!  Taking an inside look at various high-performance building projects can offer valuable insight into lessons learned, creative solutions, and […]

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Phipps Welcome Center Case Study: Eye-catching, Inviting Space Greets Patrons

Light is drawn into the Welcome Center, warming the room for the soon record level number of visitors who will enter.  The space is forward-thinking and sustainable—the first LEED®-certified visitor’s center in a public garden.  Located within Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, the addition (which opened in 2005) utilizes energy- and water-efficient features, […]

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WYEP, “Where the Music (and the Environment) Matters”

By Tracy Certo for Green Building Alliance The initial thing Lee Ferraro asks first-time visitors to do when entering the new WYEP community broadcast building is to take a deep breath.  “What do you smell?” he asks. The correct answer is, “Nothing.” In this healthy, LEED Silver-rated studio, attention to green building is evident in […]

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Pittsburgh REI Store “Exercises” Good Environmental and Business Sense

In 1996, two years before LEED for New Construction (NC) was launched at the U.S Green Building Council Membership Summit, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) set a precedent for retail green building. With the help of Seattle-based architect Mithun, REI constructed its first environmentally-friendly retail store in the co-op’s hometown in line with one of its […]

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Environmental Stewardship Reaps Rewards for Felician Sisters Convent

When the Franciscan nuns of the Felician Sisters Convent in Coraopolis decided they wanted to modernize their 70-year-old mother house to feel less like an institution and more like a home, they decided to renovate and consolidate their whole “community” under one roof.  With its sweeping chapel spire, original hardwood floors, fir moldings, and solid […]

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The Pittsburgh Project Guest House

“We desire that Pittsburgh will be called a City of Truth, where once again, men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets, each with cane in hand because of age, and where the city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” Taken in part from the Bible’s book […]

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Case Study: The CCI Center

“The CCI Center is a manifestation of one of Pittsburgh’s premier environmental non-profits,” asserts Bob Kobet of Sustain Aissance International, “and exemplifies Conservation Consultants, Inc.’s pro-active leadership.”  As an architect who worked on the initial greening of the Center, Kobet knows that CCI conceived a sustainable building from the outset and envisioned it housing multiple […]

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