Energy efficiency upgrades planned for USW headquarters

GBA’s Sean Luther joined representatives from The Efficiency Network (TEN) and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald in helping United Steelworks (USW) kick off a major water and energy efficiency upgrade at its Five Gateway Center headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Planned renovations include solar water heating, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, and elevator systems. TEN estimates that these projects will save more than $200,000 in energy costs per year.

energy efficiency planned for USWOriginally built for IBM in 1963, Five Gateway has been the headquarters of USW since the 1970s. The building was committed to the Pittsburgh 2030 District (a strategic initiative of GBA) through the efforts of its manager, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and is therefore working towards the District’s aggressive energy, water, and transportation emission reductions by the year 2030. The partnership between TEN and USW was born partially from Five Gateway’s participation in the District, with planned improvements anticipated to reduce electricity consumption by 36%, natural gas consumption by 47%, and water consumption by 42%.

While these projected dollar savings are tremendous, the project also underscores the triple bottom line potential of building performance upgrades since it will serve as a major jobs creator. “Renovations like these are not only good for the environment, but they also create jobs,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Major energy efficiency projects create work in the building and manufacturing industries, lower energy costs, and make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren. Everyone benefits when we do the right thing.”

Besides the potential of reaping major cost savings and energy and water reductions, the USW/TEN partnership also will be advancing efforts to achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification as part of the upgrade process. Fitzgerald, on hand to underscore USW’s leadership in regional energy efficiency, summed up the impact of that announcement stating, “This organization’s desire to see environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings applies to their own home as well. We’re thrilled to see this project and hope that we’ll soon be bragging about another building with LEED certification in our region.”

TEN, a next-generation energy efficiency specialist headquartered in Pittsburgh, is the Title Sponsor of the Pittsburgh 2030 District. The continued leadership of TEN and USW’s commitment to advancing District goals in Downtown Pittsburgh are just two examples of the initiative’s fast growth. Just one year after its launch in Pittsburgh, the 2030 District already has more than 100 buildings and 55% of its square footage committed to the same reduction goals as Five Gateway Center. Stay tuned to see the progress of this building and to celebrate similar achievements throughout the region!

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