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Behind-the-Scenes: Energy Innovation Center

Join Green Building Alliance for a look at this incredibly unique and historically significant building which incorporates adaptive reuse, energy efficiency, and integrated design.


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Join Green Building Alliance for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) with Tom Bartnik, executive director of Pittsburgh Green Innovators. The EIC is a non-profit organization aiming to align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.

Through a public-private partnership, several stakeholders worked for years to transform the historic Connelley School into a LEED Platinum beacon for clean, efficiency, and sustainable energy solutions. Located in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District this 180,000 square foot building functions as a ‘living laboratory’ for industry-informed education and training programs and a center that co-locates diverse tenants, including energy sector corporations, national energy research laboratories, political and community leaders, economic development organizations, and leading academic institutions.

Tom Bartnik was part of this building’s transformation and he will share details of the renovation, the building’s green features, and how its design and operations will help the EIC and its tenants serve their missions moving forward. This building also offers a great local example of how building owners can work to achieve LEED for Core & Shell (LEED-CS) and and set the framework for tenants who wish to pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) to ensure that both parties play a role in efficient building operations.  Learn more details about the building here.


8:30 – 8:45 – Guests arrive, network, grab coffee and snacks.

8:45 – 9:00 – Building overview and Q&A with Tom Bartnik.

9:00 – 10:00 – Building tour.

Learning Objectives:

1.Learn about the goals of the Energy Innovation Center and how its aim for LEED-CS Platinum can help it achieve its mission of supporting clean and sustainable energy markets.
2.Gain insight into the relationship of building owners who pursue LEED-CS, and how the integrative design process helps them achieve this goal.
3.Discover how the LEED process has helped the project team achieve goals of both energy efficiency and historic preservation (the EIC  is on the National Register of Historic Places).
4.Hear feedback on the design process to understand how this combination of public-private partnership and mission-oriented tenants helped informed the LEED-CS process.


This event is approved for 1.5 LEED AP BD+C GBCI CEUs and 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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Tour the new Energy Innovation Center

Built in 1930, the historic former Connelly Trade School Building is getting new life as the Energy Innovation Center (EIC).  Located across from Consol Energy Center, the EIC has nearly completed LEED-platinum renovations and prepares to open as an early-stage business incubator and site for hands-on workforce training programs with education partners from across the region.

The tour will give you a behind-the scenes look at:

  • The state-of-the-art mechanical systems that can be used as working classrooms
  • An overview of the co-located, collaborative university-industry projects
  • Proof-of-concept energy technology demonstration laboratories
  • What it takes to bring an 85-year-old building up to LEED platinum standards while meeting requirements of the National Register of Historic Places

Thursday, February 19th

10:45am – 11:30am

1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Space is limited.  Click here to RSVP

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