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GBA Office Tour

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Come check out the many green features in GBA’s own LEED Platinum office!  You already know that we believe healthy, high-performing spaces make a difference for occupants, but if you don’t want simply to take our word for it, this is your chance to see for yourself.  Hear our staff lay out what they love about working in a LEED-certified office!

(Take a look at our green building directory listing for a sneak peek of what the tour will include!)


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The Art of Being Green: Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Certification Celebration

Join GBA in celebrating the Erie Art Museum’s recent LEED Gold certification. Come for a tour of the building’s sustainable features, and hang around to peruse the museum’s collection and participate in the monthly Second Sundays program. Best part? It’s all free and family friendly.

Following brief remarks from special guests (including GBA’s own Mike Schiller) and the unveiling of the LEED Gold plaque, the Second Sundays programming will begin. Learn more about the building’s sustainable features by taking a guided tour, or roam the museum on your own and tune in to the self-guided video tour on your smartphone. If you’re looking for kid-friendly events, complete a scavenger hunt with a LEED-like point system or find a creative outlet at the green crafts station!

Event schedule

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. LEED Gold program and plaque unveiling

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Building tours and Second Sundays programming

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. General access to the museum’s exhibits

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Erie’s Green Building Leadership

The Erie Art Museum recently achieved LEED Gold certification – the highest level of certification awarded to any building in Erie so far! To celebrate this accomplishment, we’re taking an in-depth look at this project’s features, along with a snapshot of other similar activity in the Erie area. If you haven’t visited Erie lately – […]

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Members Only: Behind the Scenes at the Frick Orientation Center

Join GBA for a members-only holiday tour of the Clayton Frick Mansion and Orientation Center!  We’ll get a glimpse of what Christmas looked like in the Gilded Age, and when we’re properly in the holiday spirit, we’ll take a tour of Frick’s new LEED Silver Orientation Center.

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After a special tour of the Clayton mansion in all its holiday splendor, we will meet at the Frick Orientation Center to gain an insider’s view of the green facility. With a glass and Pennsylvania sandstone exterior that brings to mind Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, the center meets modern standards for healthy buildings even as it blends in to the historic Frick grounds.  Designed to let in as much daylight as possible, the Orientation Center features a skylight along the spine of the building, a reading lounge by a wall of windows, and cherrywood slats in the ceiling that keep the building cool in summer.  Karen Loysen, Principal at Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects, and Peg Hart, Building Representative for the Frick, will lead the Orientation Center tour.

Event Schedule

Holiday tour of Frick mansion, 4-5 p.m.

Tour of Orientation Center, 5-6 p.m.


  1. Understand how the building exterior was designed to complement the historical Frick grounds while attaining LEED Silver certification.
  2. Explore the ways architects lessened barriers between the indoor and outdoor space.
  3. Summarize how brise soleil reduces energy costs.
  4. Discuss how the interior design increases visitor learning and comfort at The Frick.

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.0 GBCI CEU and 1.0 AIA HSW hour.

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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Scott Hall Hard Hat Tour

Join us for a detailed construction site tour of CMU’s Scott Hall.  Located on a campus committed to LEED certification for all new construction projects, Scott Hall will feature a 15,000-square-foot green roof.  Come learn how an innovative design makes this green building feasible.

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CMU Scott Hall


The 105,000 square-foot building will house wet and dry laboratories, collaborative and office spaces, a cafe, and a 10K square-foot cleanroom facility.  This will become the new home for Nano Fabrication, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, and an on-campus location for the Biomedical Engineering Department.  Scott Hall will be comprised of two unique components: the North Wing and the Courtyard.  The North Wing will be an elevated multi-story steel structure built on the hillside between Wean and Roberts Halls, which is a major crossroads for campus infrastructure.  The Courtyard will be a surface level concrete structure built in the service space between Hamerschlag, Porter, and Wean Halls.  The Courtyard structure will incorporate a green roof of approximately 15,000 square-feet and a walkway that will extend the historic Hornbostel Mall to the North Wing.

Our building tour will focus on the current construction progress: steel erection.  We will discuss the structure in detail and note why this construction project is unique.


Architects, engineers, designers, facility and property managers, emerging professionals.

For those who can join us afterwards– we’ll head to the Porch for Happy Hour around 6:30 p.m.

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is pre-approved for 1.0 GBCI CEU and pending approval for 1.0 AIA CEU.

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.

The project overview/tour will begin promptly at 5:30pm. Please try to be on time.

Closed toe shoes are required, but hard hats and eye protection will be provided.  Parking is available in the CMU garage on Forbes Ave. or at metered spots along Frew St. at the back of campus.

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Passive House Science

NOTE: the following article originally ran in BreakingGround Magazine – http://www.mbawpa.org/breaking_ground.asp Odds are very high that if you are a reader of BreakingGround Magazine that you are familiar with green building certification programs. After all these sustainable programs have been around for decades and heck one could debate that we live in the birthplace of […]

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Steelers Football: Know Your Opponent (Panthers Edition)

Steelers Football: Know Your Opponent will help us all learn just a little about green building initiatives in our opponent team cities.  Now you can impress your tailgating friends with some fun trivia! Are you ready for some football-inspired green building fun facts? The Steelers may have fallen to Baltimore last week, but the word on […]

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Registered a LEED Project, but Not Certified Yet? Older LEED Versions Are Approaching Certification Sunset!

By now you know that USGBC and GBCI have adopted LEED v4, which will replace LEED v2009.  The tests for becoming accredited as a LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional have already made the switch (the last date to take those tests was June 15th and the new tests open on June 30th).  But if […]

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Deconstructing LEED v4 and Performance Fabrics-Northwest GBA

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National Office Furniture is presenting the CEU courses listed below.  Choose to attend either session or both!

Session 1: Performance Fabrics 101, No Need to Compromise
Performance Fabrics 101 includes information on six key attributes of performance fabrics, how they can be achieved, and why they are important.
Registration 10:00am – 10:30am | Course 10:30am – 11:30am | Subject Code: 2.4
Designation: Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) | Classification: Basic | GBCI Course ID: 90010473 | IDCEC Course ID: 102419

Session 2: LEED v4 Technical Update
LEED v4 will provide an update of the development process and overview of the technical changes.
Registration 11:30am – 12:00pm | Course 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Subject Code: 2.12
Designation: Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) | Classification: Intermediate

Suggested Cash Donation MU Interior Design Club: $10.00 for professionals. No charge for students.

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Is GBA’s LEED-EBOM Project Experience Course Right for You?

Do you want to become a LEED Accredited Professional (AP)?  If you’d like to demonstrate that you’re a leader in the green building movement and an expert in creating healthy, high-performing spaces, then this is a credential you should pursue.  In order to do so, though, you’ll first need LEED project experience.  We can help! […]

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