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Northside Development Plans Energy Upgrades, Bike Lanes and Uptown to Get a New District Energy Plant

New development projects are at the forefront of revitalization in Pittsburgh. Faros Properties’ newest property, Nova Place (formerly known as Allegheny Center Mall), brings about exciting growth on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Plus we heard from NRG as they expand into Uptown with their latest project – a new district energy plant. Hosted by Faros Properties at […]

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Mon Wharf Switchback: Breakfast Briefing with Riverlife

The Mon Wharf Switchback is an ADA-accessible bike/ped ramp that will serve as an important trail link by connecting Downtown’s Smithfield Street Bridge to the Mon Wharf Landing, bringing the Great Allegheny Passage directly into Point State Park.

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The Mon Wharf Switchback has been a long time in the works – eight years, to be exact! Why such a long time? The switchback continues to be an extremely complicated project that perfectly illustrates the challenges of overcoming Pittsburgh’s topography and the layers of infrastructure along our waterfronts. The switchback site is located next to the nonstop traffic of I-376 on a steep riverbank near major sewer infrastructure. The ramp will connect to a historic bridge on one end and a flood-prone wharf on the other. Construction staging is a challenge, and while the city, state and federal permitting processes have gone smoothly so far, it’s certainly not a fast process given the number of authorities and partnerships involved in making the ramp a reality.

Come learn about the Switchback as well as the full Mon Wharf Park System.  Learn the history of constructing the Mon Wharf Landing (and the challenges that site faced) – and the plans and process for connecting the missing links.

We’ll have bagels, coffee, tea, and juice waiting for you!


Addy Smith-ReimanFor over 10 years Addy has successfully engaged people with projects that celebrate local identity, shared histories and future use.  From forming a non-profit to transform an abandoned 1860’s Opera House into a vibrant cultural center in northern Vermont, to securing a $15.5 Million TIGER V discretionary grant to link transit hubs to historic sites with improved pedestrian and bicycling corridors throughout downtown Boston, Addy integrates research, design, civic engagement and long-term stewardship planning for successful projects that activate PLACE.  She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and Masters degrees in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, where she was awarded the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Honor and was named the 2011 University Olmsted Scholar. Addy lives with her husband, Josh Reiman, and their dog Otto, in an 1895 stone row house in the distinct, albeit small, historic district of Alpha Terrace. She is a certified Penn State Master Gardener, an active volunteer in her community garden, and a beekeeper.  As an avid cyclist, she recently completed the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage ride, and when not in the midst of a polar vortex, she commutes via her 1938 Raleigh Gazelle bicycle.


1. Learn about the multi-phased project for the full Mon Wharf Park System – including the Mon Wharf Landing, the Point State Park Connector and the Switchback.

2. Learn about the design, site preparation, building construction, landscaping and lighting.

3. Gain insight on riverfront infrastructure projects including permitting from multiple agencies and working with a patchwork of parcels owned by various entities.

4. Understand safety requirements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

GBCI CMP  AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Help GBA Rock the Vote and We Can Win Our Dream Bike Room!

GBA is one of two FINALISTS in a national competition to win a Dream Bike Room from Dero!  The public has begun voting for their favorite Dero Dream Bike Room Pinterest board to determine whether Green Building Alliance or Bike Texas will win the new room. If we win, it will add to the educational component of […]

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We Are a Bike Friendly Employer

GBA is now officially a Bike Friendly Employer!  This distinction, overseen by BikePGH, demonstrates that we are making Pittsburgh a safer, more attractive, and more sustainable city.  We’ve always encouraged alternative modes of transportation among our staff and those attending our events (at least three of our staffers bike to work often), but we’ve taken […]

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LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

Q:  What is LEED for Neighborhood Development? A:  LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, is a set of national standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for neighborhood location and design based on the combined principles of smart growth, new […]

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