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Virtual MuseumLab Tour featuring Women+ in Green

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MuseumLab is the newest addition to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and it’s an example of great synergies of building performance, historic preservation, occupant health, and accessibility. The building was designed to meet LEED, WELL, 2030 Goals, and Universal Design standard, all while preserving the magnificent historic details of what was once the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny. Did we mention this was all done by a women-led project team? The owner, project manager, architect, and contractor on this project are all women.


Hosted on Zoom, our virtual tour will be led by MuseumLab project director Chris Cieslak (who is now GBA’s Vice President of Strategy and Impact) and construction project manager Christi Saunders. The pair will share a behind-the-scenes, exclusive look into the construction and design of the renovation. You’ll get a look at Gymlacium in the Stacks, a three-story interactive artwork featuring woven rope sections integrated throughout the steel bookshelves of this former library, where visitors can climb, slide, swing and hang out. You’ll also see the Make Lab, a makerspace with tools and materials for working with wood, fiber, recycled materials and more; Studio Lab, featuring rotating artwork and activities related to an artist or theme; and Tech Lab, with augmented and virtual reality projects, a mobile recording studio and interactive artwork.  

Chris and Christi will provide details about the revitalization of much of the original structure of the 1890 Carnegie Free Library and the multiple green building guidelines they have followed to ensure a sustainable and healthy space for everyone who uses it, including the students and staff of an embedded middle school.


This tour was designed for GBA’s Women+ in Green network,  but all are welcome. Please join us!


Learning Objectives:

1) Understand the requirements of LEED, WELL, the 2030 Challenge, and Universal Design.

2) Gain insights from a female-led project team including unique benefits or challenges.

3) Understand how the mission of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh aligns with the goals of green buildings.

4) Gain an understanding of how historic preservation aligns with green building,but can also create challenges.


This virtual tour is free for GBA members and $5 for non-members. You provide critical support for the continuation of GBA’s education programs and help us grow our ability to provide scholarships for events and in-depth trainings for those who need them. Additional donations are made possible during the registration process if you wish to contribute. There is an option to add a suggested contribution of $20 to your registration. If you wish to contribute any other amount, you are welcome to do so on our Donations page. Any contribution helps advance the community’s work to create healthy and sustainable places where everyone can thrive. Thank you!



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This event is currently pending approval for 1.5 GBCI CEUs



Scholarships for this event are available upon request. Please contact Leslie Montgomery at lesliem@gbapgh.org for more details.

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CANCELLED: Frick Environmental Center Tour featuring Women+ in Green

Out of concern for our staff, community, and overall public health during the spread of COVID-19, Green Building Alliance will be suspending events in the month of March and will evaluate all future events on a case-by-case basis. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Frick Environmental Center Tour featuring Women+ in Green

The Frick Environmental Center is one of the greenest buildings in the world – one of only 25 buildings across the globe to achieve full Living Building certification. It operates at net positive energy and water, utilizes only the healthiest building materials, and provides an inclusive and welcoming space for anyone who wants to explore Pittsburgh’s Frick Park. Not only that, but it was made possible by a majority female-led project team from the owners to the designers and contractors.


Come and tour this beautiful building and gain some perspective from some of the female leads on the project. Participants will learn about material selection, using the park as design inspiration, finding creative solutions to meet an incredibly difficult building standard, and specific insights from the female leads.


This tour has been designed for GBA’s Women+ in Green network and the Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative, but all are welcome. Please join us!


About Our Speakers:

Patty Culley is a Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an award-winning national architecture firm. Her approach to architecture centers on the balance between thoughtful design and environmental consciousness, creating buildings representative of their unique program and place.

Committed to advancing dialogue within the industry, she volunteers her time locally and nationally on issues related to design, sustainability, biophilia, and equity.





This event is currently pending approval for 1.5 GBCI CEUs



Scholarships for this event are available upon request. Please contact Leslie Montgomery at lesliem@gbapgh.org for more details.

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CANCELLED: Creating Collaborative Project Teams

This event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Join Green Building Alliance for a deep dive into creating collaborative project teams for high-performance buildings. Speakers from the design and construction fields will share insights and lessons learned about why collaboration is necessary for achieving health and sustainability goals; tips and qualities that contribute to collaboration; and real-life examples. Participants will also engage in discussions and activities that will help foster collaboration on future projects.


This event has been designed for those working in architecture, construction, or engineering and can also be beneficial to project managers and building owners or operators. If you are currently working on a high-performance building project and would like to attend with other members of your project team, please inquire about a group registration.


Leslie Montgomery

Leslie is responsible for the development of all of GBA’s educational events. She conceptualizes different learning models, while tracking the most relevant  innovations in sustainable buildings.  Leslie also partners with companies throughout the region to deliver high-quality, informative programming. Leslie holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University, and a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University.


Noah Shaltes

Noah joined PJ Dick as a project manager in 2009 after 11 years in the construction industry. His project management skills include project budgeting, schedule development and monitoring, and team leadership. He is also adept at interfacing and coordinating work efforts with both client and subcontractor personnel. Project experience includes electrical and plumbing work for the 17th floor condominium at 3 PNC Plaza, the renovation/restoration of Bethany College’s Cochran Hall, and construction of the School of Business at Robert Morris University and the Frick Environmental Center.


Kirsten Clemens

Kirsten is a strong designer with the ability to create a visual story to relate her designs to a wide variety of populations. A common thread carried throughout her work is creating long-lasting sustainable communities, continuing to deepen clarity for good design and ecologically restorative buildings. She has led sustainable design initiatives as a core member to internal research groups and designed the 2015 award-winning entry for the Architecture at Zero Net Zero Energy Student Housing project on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.





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Green Building Trend Watch

Note: This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Note: This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Join GBA staff for an overview of notable trends in the green building industry.  Speakers Kara Magoolaghan and Leslie Montgomery will discuss topics such as but not limited to: standards and rating systems, climate demand, social and equitable benefits, and obstacles/challenges facing the industry. We’ll also provide a brief overview of where we stand in our region and opportunities to take part in the movement to a sustainable future.

Agenda Overview

  • Global and Local Priorities; Setting Goals
  • Industry Pickup
  • Trends and Updates to Rating Systems and Standards
  • Health & Equity Drivers in the Green Building Industry
  • Pittsburgh’s Place in the Market
  • Audience Engagement

Our Speakers:

Kara Magoolaghan

Kara’s passion for sustainability and interest in energy efficiency drove her to Green Building Alliance, where she works to execute educational events for practitioners of high-performance buildings. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University and is pursuing her law degree at Duquesne University.  Kara is a Certified Passive House Designer, TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, and a LEED Green Associate.

Leslie Montgomery

Leslie Montgomery is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education, training, and networking. Leslie also facilitates the Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative and GBA’s Sustainability Leadership Lab, and is an instructor for GBA’s LEED Green Associate and GPRO trainings. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, a GPRO Operations & Maintenance credential, and a LEED AP for Building Design & Construction.

This event is appropriate for all levels of learning.

CEUs: Pending approval, this event should be worth 1.5 AIA LSW and GBCI CEUs.  Participants will receive self-reporting instructions or auto-reporting details following the event.




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