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MuseumLab Carves Space for Radical Reinvention

Tucked beneath the stately granite entrance to the world’s first Carnegie Library, an unassuming sign marks a new kind of place. Neither an exhumed monument nor a flashy modernist sculpture, MuseumLabTM makes art from decay, sculpting its history into a breathtaking demonstration of innovation and ingenuity. MuseumLab is GBA’s 2019 Vanguard award winner, and true […]

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Member-Only LEED Tour and Craft Night: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

What better way to spend a chilly night than at the innovative and whimsical Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? Event guests will receive a tour of the LEED-Silver certified space, enjoy great food and drinks, and get a chance to make something cool with the museum’s MAKESHOP staff. Join us!


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LEED Tour childrens museum

One of our city’s top museums for children and families has a lot going for it. Not only has it been listed as one of Parents Magazine’s Top 15 children’s museums in the country (2015), but in 2006 it was the first  museum of its size in the country to achieve a LEED silver designation. The space incorporates sustainability, health and high-performance into the museum experience too, with features like a demonstration solar energy system and a vegetated roof. Other green features include dual flush toilets, a composting system in the museum cafe, reused and salvaged building materials, and 100% renewable energy used for electricity.

This unique tour offers GBA members insight into the sustainable aspects of the museum along with a networking happy hour in the building’s foyer. To top it off, guests can try their hand at crafting a little something to bring home with them. The tour, led by museum Deputy Director Chris Siefert, will include details about how the building’s LEED certification has impacted operations, visitor experience, and employee satisfaction in the years since it achieved its Silver status. Siefert, who oversaw all aspects of the museum’s LEED Silver expansion, earned his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University. He regularly presents at conferences and webinars addressing issues of non-profit leadership, sustainability, and the roles of institutions in their communities.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – LEED tour of the muesum

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Food, drinks, networking, and making our own silk screen craft to take home

Learning Objectives:

1.Discover how the LEED NC rating system can be applied to a museum, and used in ongoing education of even the youngest audiences.

2.Learn how a LEED NC certification can impact building operations over a long period of time.

3.Explore the LEED NC certified space of the Children’s Museum and learn about the features implemented and credits pursued.

4.Learn how iconic Pittsburgh buildings like this one are leading their industries in healthy and high-performing buildings.



This event is approved for 1.0 LEED AP BD+C GBCI CEUs and 1.0 AIA HSW hours.

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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