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Honoring Homewood Children’s Village – 2021 Emerald Evening Beacon Award Winner

With a mission to improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live, Homewood Children’s Village has become a true beacon of hope!  A beacon for its children and all community members to grow in, thrive in, stay in, and to return to. Homewood Children’s Village […]

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GBA Emerging Professional Event: Design and Construction After COVID-19

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The sudden arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a fundamental design standard shift focused on interventions to mitigate the spread of airborne viruses, the effects of which will be channeled into architecture, engineering and construction practices for years to come. In this new normal, the concepts of health and wellness take on new meaning in the built environment. It is clear that as designers and builders of physical spaces that people interact with and are exposed to, there is an imperative to rethink design and construction as public health solutions to pandemics. Hear from fellow Emerging Professionals and other community members in the architecture, engineering and construction industries about important trends and changes that they see as integral to the future of the built environment and its design.


Alex Co, International Living Future Institute

Laleh Gharanjik, Jendoco Construction Corporation

Simona Loberant, Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Krupa Patel, Buro Happold

Roberto Vega Peralta, ae7

Amanda Tharp, GBBN

AJ Walsh, Buro Happold


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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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The Punch List – 11/14/18

Changes in the Political Ecosystem. Tuesday’s midterms made great changes in both the national and regional political ecosystem. This change includes local candidates such as Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee who have made national news for their climate change activism. House Call.  The Pittsburgh Regional Tenants’ Union is making a city-wide house call to action. […]

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The Pennsylvania Building Code Needs You!

Seriously.  We need you.  We, those who want to improve the health, safety, and energy security of all Pennsylvanians, need you.  In order to update the Pennsylvania building code from model codes published in 2009 to the current 2015 version – we need you to submit a public comment to the Review and Advisory Council (RAC) […]

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Green Schools Prepare Students for 21st Century Challenges

The Pittsburgh region’s health and vitality is inextricably connected to the quality and effectiveness of our education system. Not only is it critical to fostering the homegrown talent that makes our region thrive, but it also cultivates employees and citizens who are prepared to tackle 21st century challenges. “Green schools” can help transform our schools […]

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Healthy HVAC Practices for Schools Facilities


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How can schools work within budgetary and facility constraints to provide appropriate ventilation and ensure healthy indoor air quality for their students? Although the EPA recently released a guide for ventilation in new construction, this workshop, featuring a presentation and discussion with Tim Butler from Integrated Services & Consultants, Inc., will focus on best practices for preventative maintenance of existing HVAC systems. Tim will provide an overview of ventilation problems found in most schools and suggest low-cost solutions to these issues. For facilities that are facing renovations or HVAC overhauls, Tim will outline important considerations when choosing and installing a new system.

Timothy L. Butler, principal, founded Integrated Services & Consultants (ISC) in 1991 and directed the day to day operations of this multi-disciplined firm. Tim ventured into this business with 13 years of experience in facilities Maintenance and Operations and managing large comprehensive capital improvement projects. Now with ISC for 25 years, Tim’s 37 years of experience has been a valuable asset for the company. In 1997 ISC restructured with Tim a principal positioned to manage and direct the Energy, Technology and Field Operations areas of the business. Timothy oversees the daily operations of the company’s portfolio of energy and related projects in the areas of use such as commercial, industrial, military and health care. Across the United States Mr. Butler leads the industry in troubleshooting, evaluating, commissioning and retro-commissioning projects relating to facility uses including physical plants and district heating and cooling with task related to Operation and Maintenance, HVACR, Steam, Ammonia, DDC Controls and IT infrastructure. Mr. Butler’s well rounded perspective and knowledge in the base disciplines of electrical, life safety, health & safety, mechanical and general construction has gained much recognition from Integrated Services & Consultant’s Inc. Client Base.



1)  Understand typical ventilation problems that cause low indoor air quality in schools.

2)  Discuss health hazards tied to poor indoor air quality.

3)  Implement low-cost remedies to poor ventilation through preventative maintenance to HVAC systems.

4)  Outline important considerations when choosing and installing a new HVAC system.


Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend.  If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.

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GBCI CMP  AIA logoThis event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW credits.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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