Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Cafe

Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon Cafe

Project Information

USGBC Project ID: 10003760


5000 Forbes Avenue, Resnik House

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Project Details

Completion Date: Summer 2006

Building Size (sq. ft.): 9,150

Project Website:

Formerly known as the Highlander Cafeteria, renovations to the 9,400-square-foot cafe began in fall 2005 and were completed in summer 2006. The renovations utilized a variety of green design strategies, including the use of sustainable materials, improving the interior air quality, making energy efficiency enhancements, providing greater access to daylight and views, and upgrading the building's overall systems. The renovation of this dining facility utilizes sustainable materials and provides improved indoor air quality. Removal of five-foot wide brick piers allowed for large amounts of natural light.


2006: First Place - Commercial 3Form Material Solutions

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LEED Green Building Features

Sustainable Sites

The site is located within half a mile of a bus stop, which services multiple bus routes. Bike racks are also positioned nearby to encourage alternative transportation.

Energy & Atmosphere

The building includes an efficient heating and cooling systems. Carbon dioxide sensors and zoned temperature controls increase the precision of the HVAC system and thereby reduce any excess energy usage. LED lighting in the oculus, occupancy sensors on the second floor and daylight level sensors adjusting artificial lights in the eating area all reduce the required energy for lighting. Employs occupancy sensors that turn the lights on and off depending on whether anyone is there.

Materials & Resources

The project features regionally sourced and high-recycled-content materials, as well as rapidly renewable bamboo and linoleum flooring.

Indoor Environmental Quality

An internal system monitors and tracks CO2, adjust light levels, and respond to changing occupancy levels. CFC-based refrigerants were eliminated, and no-VOC paints and adhesives were used in order to promote better air quality.


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