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Emerging Professionals Tour and Happy Hour

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Emerging Professionals (EPs) are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement.  GBA’s Emerging Professionals Committee enables individuals early in their sustainability careers to be a force for progress within their communities by providing a forum for networking and education. The EP committee is hosting a happy hour and tour of Fulton Commons.

Fulton Commons is a co-working office, kitchen incubator, and artist studio space located in Manchester on Pittsburgh’s North Side. A rehabilitated school building from the 1940’s, the space is designed for low energy use operation, with a significant portion of the original building materials remaining untouched. The space also features a number of repurposed materials including all interior doors and 80% of the total furniture. All new-build is overwhelmingly from natural materials, including white oak flooring from wood grown and milled in Allegheny National Forest and the exclusive use of non-VOC, water-based finishes throughout.

Please note that COVID-19 protocols will be in place at this event, including masks required indoors. Pre-registration is required, and registration will close on November 3.

Admission to this tour is $5 and food and drinks are free of charge for tour participants.

Our EP Committee looks forward to seeing you!


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Frick Environmental Center Member Only Tour

Join GBA members to explore Pittsburgh’s newest Living Building Challenge project!


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Frick Park lovers and green building enthusiasts alike have long awaited the completion of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s new Frick Environmental Center, an education hub and welcome facility designed and built to meet both LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards. In fact, the center is the first municipally owned, free and open to the public facility to strive for the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous and inspiring building standards (to date, only 11 buildings in the world have achieved certification, including Pittsburgh’s own Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens). The building uses many sustainable aspects as educational pieces, and will achieve net-zero energy and net-water.

GBA and its Emerging Professionals group are delighted to offer members and EPs a behind-the-scenes look at the Frick Environmental Center, including perspectives and details shared by project team members from PJ Dick and Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson, as well as the owner’s perspective from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Space is limited. If you would like to become a GBA member,  you can add an individual membership to your purchase of this event (see below). Join us!



8:15 – 8:30 – Arrival, coffee, & breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 – Tours with Q & A



*Explore our region’s newest completed building designed to both LEED-NC Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards.

*Gain insight to various perspectives from project team members (owner, architect, contractor) about the process for completing a new construction project designed to meet very high standards.

*Learn how the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy plans to use this LEED-NC Platinum, Living Building Challenge project as an education piece for the community.

*Understand how a wide variety of factors played into the concept and completion of this project, which links conservation and education with innovation and smart design.

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This event is approved for 1.5 LEED-specific (BD+C) GBCI CEUs and for 1.5 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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Emerging Professionals Tour Fallingwater

Join GBA’s Emerging Professionals on a guided tour of the famous Fallingwater house designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Mill Run, PA!

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GBA’s Emerging Professionals will enjoy a one-hour guided tour of Fallingwater and also have a chance to explore the grounds. Take this chance to meet or catch up with other emerging professionals in our region, while getting an inside look at one our area’s most iconic structures! Here is a background on Fallingwater from www.Fallingwater.org:

“Fallingwater is the name of a house built over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania.  Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family.  Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939.  It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.  Why is it so famous?  It’s a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30’ waterfall. It captured everyone’s imagination when it was on the cover of Time magazine in 1938.”

This house offers an incredible look at early, innovative methods for incorporating nature into architectural design. Join us!

Please note: You must register by November 20 in order to join this tour. Thank you!

Carpooling or group transport will be provided for this event.  Please contact Christi Saunders at csaunders@mascaroconstruction.com if you are interested.

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Pittsburgh Emerging Professionals ADVANCE-ing USGBC’s Mission

From June 28-July 1, 2015, GBA’s Emerging Professionals members Lynn Abdouni and Cassie Treshok represented the Pittsburgh region at U.S. Green Building Council’s Convergence conference in San Diego, California. During the coming year, Lynn and Cassie will serve on the USGBC’s Emerging Professionals National Committee to usher in a new program called ADVANCE.  The initiative seeks […]

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Emerging Professionals Volunteer at Frick Park

The Emerging Professionals Group at Green Building Alliance and the EcoStewards Project at Frick Park I live in Regent Square and have spent much time in Frick Park, either running, walking the dog, or playing tennis.  I have always enjoyed my time in Frick Park because it feels like I’ve have been transported out of […]

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GBA Member Profile: Kate Zettl

Kate Zettl has been involved with Green Building Alliance and its Emerging Professionals (EP) group  for a few years and she’s just become the new chair of the group!  Here, Kate shares how she became involved and answers some frequently asked questions about the EP group: A few years ago, while traveling in New Mexico, […]

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