When I moved to Pittsburgh last year from the mountains of northern Vermont, Frick Park was a space of connection during the transition to my new urban life. The park is just four blocks from my apartment, and I begin most days there, walking in its expansive woods. What at first felt like a simple […]
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GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest green building and sustainability news. The question of how to best deliver Pittsburgh’s water still looms. In February, Peoples Natural Gas pitched a partnership to Pittsburgh Water Sewer Authority involving new water lines and a new treatment facility — and some details have emerged, with People’s proposing a […]
GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability. Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve […]
Read the full version of this article in TrimTab. In the wide world of material reuse, sometimes a solution is born from a chance meeting between conference sessions. It’s not the most magical stumble-upon-a-soul-mate encounter, but the real world dictates a more practical timetable. And that is how a bowtie entrepreneur and an office furniture […]
Biophilia literally translates to love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. E.O. Wilson coined the term in 1984, but it’s a concept that we all inherently understand. Biophilia explains why we feel more relaxed in nature, why all of our senses are fully engaged when we […]
At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House. BUT, in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]
As the hillsides celebrate spring, Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Frick Environmental Center with our new Leadership Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala. The Frick Environmental Center is the world’s first free-to-the-public building engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge, and achieve LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. This municipal treasure […]
With its vast array of innovative sustainable projects, Pittsburgh is often touted as a green leader. But to truly innovate, Pittsburgh must look beyond the city limits for inspiration as it continues on its path toward healthy, high performing sustainable design and construction. One such source is King County in the Greater Seattle area. This jurisdiction […]
Join GBA members to explore Pittsburgh’s newest Living Building Challenge project!
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.
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.
In September 2016, the reimagined and rebuilt Frick Environmental Center opened its doors to welcome people of all ages to Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The world’s first environmental education facility that’s free, open to the public, municipally owned, and pursuing the Living Building Challenge, the Center is an unprecedented collaborative venture focused on the […]