Carnegie Mellon University: Posner Center

Carnegie Mellon University: Posner Center

Project Information

USGBC Project ID: 10000966


4921 Frew St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Project Details

Completion Date: Summer 2004

Building Size (sq. ft.): 11,400

The Posner Center houses rare book and artifact collection and a multi-purpose meeting facility with a display gallery. The Kraus Campo Project is an outdoor garden sculpture that resides on top of the Posner Center. An upscale conference center and rare books facility, the Posner Center features the unique Kraus Campo landscape garden sculpture on its roof. In addition to CMU's green power contract, the Center has reduced energy usage of 30% and all public spaces have exterior views.

LEED Green Building Features

Sustainable Sites

Open space is restored by building below grade and integrating the facade into the landscape. The sculpture garden minimizes site disturbance. Stormwater is treated by filtering it through an average of 2 feet of earth (there are no roof drains). Site imperviousness decreased. Heat island reduction is in effect.

Water Efficiency

Efficient irrigation reduces the use of potable water by 50%. Erosion and sedimentation control is provided by the garden.

Energy & Atmosphere

Building is powered with 100% green power. There is a 30% reduction in energy use. Non-halon fire-suppression is found in vault.

Materials & Resources

The building provides recycling areas.

Indoor Environmental Quality

The building uses an effective IAQ plan with air distribution. The building is nonsmoking. The building has humidity control and hepa-filtration. There are views to the exterior from all public spaces.


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