Archive | Green Project Profiles

Bringing a Green Future to the Past for the Heinz History Center

Entering the five-story expansion area of the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, visitors are welcomed by a multitude of artifacts that bring more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania’s ethnic and corporate heritage to life.  With the opening of this new addition in November of 2004, the History Center confirmed its commitment to […]

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Setting the Right Ambiance at the Regional Learning Alliance

By Erica Jackson, Renaissance 3 Architects The Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) at Cranberry Woods Conference and Learning Center is a 75,000-square-foot green building nestled amidst 20 acres of natural woodland and wetlands in Marshall Township, Pennsylvania.  The brainchild of Slippery Rock University (SRU), the RLA is an educational/training facility created to serve state and private […]

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Case Study: California DEP Office Building

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a green leader with just under 11 million square feet of LEED Certified buildings.  The Governor’s Green Government Council (GGGC), established in 1998 to help state government embed environmental sustainability within its policymaking and operational processes, led the state to this distinction. “The (Governor Ed) Rendell Administration has been actively promoting high […]

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Shining a light on Siemens Westinghouse Fuel Cell Plant

After a thorough search of many states for a suitable site for the construction of a fuel cell plant, Siemens Westinghouse* chose the Pittsburgh area for its project.  Completed in 2002, the facility is located in The Waterfront development, a vibrant commercial, entertainment and industrial hub in Munhall, PA.  The building has the capacity for […]

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Coro’s Pittsburgh Office: Demonstrating Both Civic AND Green Leadership

The offices of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership are located in the Terminal Buildings, a 100-year-old warehouse complex in Pittsburgh’s historic South Side neighborhood.  These buildings are owned by Pittsburgh Terminal Properties (PTP), with a central location that takes advantage of views across the river to downtown Pittsburgh, the local Main Street area, Station […]

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New House Residence Hall: Good Design or Green Design?

When Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) began design on a new residence hall for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), no specific thought was given to constructing a green building.  BCJ has an enviable national pedigree as a high design architecture firm, yet learned and believes that there is considerable overlap between a LEED-certified building and basic good […]

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The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine: Green at Heart

It is altogether fitting that a recent addition to the South Side Works development in Pittsburgh, arising from a prominent brownfield site, should reflect both new and innovative technologies.  Similar to the building’s mission, the story of the highly acclaimed McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine invites exploration. This 45,000-square-foot building, which was completed in 1999, […]

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Castcon-Stone, Inc.: Breaking the Mold

The recently opened Castcon-Stone, Inc., a precast concrete manufacturing facility in Butler County, exemplifies intelligent planning.  The benefits of its design approach are actually greater than the sum of the environmental benefits of brownfield reuse and the economic benefits of energy savings.  As was hoped, the company has found that their new facility is very […]

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Looking Through the Glass

The Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) is one of those rare projects in which green attributes are visible throughout the facility.  Energy use, costs and reliance upon new materials were minimized, yet the building still has a clean and contemporary look.  Interior work spaces have a raw, unfinished feel, evoking the workshop aspect of an operational […]

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Slippery Rock University Offers (Organic) Food for Thought

Fifty miles north of Pittsburgh in an unassuming rural town lies a national leader in sustainability—Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU). Founded in 1889, this state school of 7,500 students offers comprehensive programs of education, outreach and action in sustainability.  The National Wildlife Federation recognizes SRU as one of twelve national universities with an exemplary […]

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