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Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Students Engaged in Sustainability Initiatives
February 07, 2013 In alignment with our approach to greening People, Process, and Place, we are working with the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh (WSP) to integrate sustainability into the school's campus planning, operations, and curriculum. This process includes close collaboration with all members of the school's community—teachers, administrators, board members, parents, and students—and will impact the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh's current planning for expansion. So far this month, evolveEA has facilitated community input through design thinking exercises at WSP's All Community Meeting, where the agenda comprised of:
  • Sustainability at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh;
  • Expansion master planning;
  • Future Community Meetings focused on our educational vision, our campus, and our values.
Along with WSP's core leadership, we explained the process of addressing issues of sustainability by engaging all members of the WSP community at various intervals throughout this effort. Next we visited WSP on a Tuesday morning and got WSP students directly involved in a waste audit of the school facility. Students were excited to become active participants in surveying one week's worth of waste in order to understand the impact the operation of their school has on the environment. This activity is one of many ways we are helping WSP involve students in implementing sustainable operations at their school. By surveying the school's waste, we can design more efficient systems to reduce trash at the source and divert large portions of it to composting and recycling. Kids easily understood the concept of cutting waste when a week's worth of trash was on display in front of them. They also learned that certain materials which made up large portions of their waste could be easily diverted away from landfills. This activity represents one of many ways to engage students in a process of continuous environmental improvement. Over time, students at various grade levels can participate in systems that will cut more waste, save more energy and water, and address numerous other sustainability goals for the WSP community. At the administrative level, the waste audit will inform WSP in ways that can improve its supply chain, strategically cut operational waste, and guide students and teachers in integrating such lessons into the day-to-day experiences of WSP students.  
evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: February 2013
February 01, 2013 February 6 at University of Pretoria, South Africa February 22 at Pop City Reduce Your Use Workshop for Nonprofits February 23 at TEDxGrandviewAve, Pittsburgh
  • Edge of Innovation TEDx Event Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED-AP The Pierce Studio, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center 805 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA + Webcast Parties
 
Things Are Looking Up in Upper Lawrenceville
January 24, 2013 From The Bulletin, January 2013 By Lauren Byme and James Eash, Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation Lawrenceville - More than 60 residents filled the Ancient Order of Hibernian's Club at 52nd and Carnegie Streets on Oct. 18 to begin planning for their future. At this first of three public community sessions, residents came together to share their vision for Upper Lawrenceville - known locally as the 10th Ward - by kicking off a long-awaited-neighborhood planning and visioning process. The diverse group was a broad representation of the neighborhood: elderly residents, 20-somethings, longtime homeowners and recent transplants all coming together to create a shared vision for the 10th Ward. Over the past two years, Lawrenceville United convened groups of residents, business owners and community stakeholders to begin' thinking comprehensively about the future of the 10th Ward. While the neighborhood as a whole has experienced incredible transformation over the last decade, planning efforts have focused primarily on Central and Lower Lawrenceville, with Upper Lawrenceville largely absent from the conversation. This current effort represents the first with a specific focus on the future of the 10th Ward. For more than a decade, 10th Ward residents and their community organizations have,worked hard to confront blight and crime throughout the neighborhood. Early efforts included extensive public safety initiatives, "clean & green" strategies and the demolition of blighted, crumbling properties too far gone to save. Through the initial conversations in 2010 and 2011, residents were able to identify new projects or themes they wanted to explore in the 10th Ward, This included creating and preserving more passive and active green space: creative ideas for the reuse of vacant lots and buildings, a reuse plan for vacant but prominent neighborhood landmarks (McCleary School and St. Kieran's Church in particular), a focus on neighborhood gateways at Stanton and McCandless Avenues and are-imagining of the role of McCandless Avenue as a main community corridor. With this prioritized list of items to explore, the Lawrenceville Corporation secured funding from the Design Fund to support professional planning efforts. An advisory committee representative of the community selected local firm Evolve environment architecture to lead the public engagement and community visioning activities. As lead consultant, Evolve was tasked with helping create a community endorsed neighborhood vision that residents could work to implement. Through innovative and exciting engagement activities, Evolve worked with the energetic group of residents and business owners to help articulate a vision for the community's future. Discussions revolved around local food economies, increased green space and storm water management, community gathering space, family friendly amenities and programs, bike lanes, green streets and alleyways and strategies for keeping the neighborhood affordable for long-term residents and families. Energetic residents, both lifelong and newcomers alike, have driven the process. Dora Walmsley, a new 10th Ward homeowner renovating a house on McCandless, participated in the first two public meetings. "There are few opportunities where one can actually shape the landscape of their neighborhood," Walmsley noted, "and I feel really fortunate to be able to participate in the Upper Lawrenceville planning process as a new homeowner." She continued, "I realize many people have been advocating for this for a long time. I look forward to working with my neighbors to positively contribute to the neighborhood we all call home." Nancy Bittner is a lifelong resident of the 10th Ward who has experienced the neighborhood transition firsthand. "I've seen so many changes in this community over the years, and thanks to the hard work of so many residents, it's once again beginning to flourish," said Bittner. "Through the Upper Lawrenceville planning process, we've been given the opportunity to shape our neighborhood in a positive way, keeping a focus on the interests and priorities of all residents - new and old alike. It's exciting to play a part in the future of my neighborhood." The Upper Lawrenceville Plan will ultimately serve as a guide for how community organizations and resident stakeholders can make positive, transformative change in the 10th Ward. The community-driven process will provide a clear vision for future of the 10th Ward, and will help shape the next decade of local community development. The second community meeting was held November 29, and the final meeting will take place in mid-January. Please contact Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220 or info@lunited.org for the exact date if you are interested in becoming involved.
evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: Decemeber 2012
December 05, 2012 December 6 USGBC Webinar: Establishing a Culture of Performance
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm LEED for Existing Buildings Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty Eligible for GBCI/AIA/CES LU/HSW/SD credit
December 9-10 in Montréal
  • Experts Panel at Forum on the Former Hippodrome de Montréal Redevelopment Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED-AP
December 10 at Landmarks Housing Resource Center with Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm LEED Certification in Building Construction Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty 744 Rebecca Ave, Wilkinsburg PA 15221
December 12 at the Cleveland Clinic
  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm LEED for Healthcare Workshop Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
 
Green Workplace Challenge Winners Prominently Featured in Media
October 24, 2012 Last week evolveEA accepted a first-place award for leading the small business category in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge. With a total 221 points, we are in the top three competitors for the entire challenge, which included large, medium, and small sized offices and an additional category for observers. As evolve became a carbon-neutral workplace in 2011, we had already made most of our energy-saving improvements before the competition began and were ineligible for any of the points in the challenge's energy improvement category. Our points came from the "other" category, which included implementing sustainable workplace policies, holding green office events, incentivizing green employee behavior like biking to work, composting and recycling as much of our waste as possible, and similar actions. The award reception was covered by The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Business Times, and several blogs. Check out the following headline and image from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Green Workplace Challenge: Bayer, Eaton and Evolve come out on top Saving costs and energy
Photo: Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette
Winners of the Green Workplace Challenge: Christine Mondor, of evolve Environment::Architecture, won the Small Business Category.
Read the article By Erich Schwartzel / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 19, 2012
evolveEA Adopts Architecture 2030 Challenge
October 08, 2012 evolve Among Pittsburgh’s Earliest Adopters Architecture 2030 Challenge In our continuing commitment to sustainability and triple-bottom-line thinking, evolveEA has adopted The 2030 Challenge, an initiative of Architecture 2030. evolveEA uses design, education and facilitation strategies to promote sustainability and address environmental concerns and The 2030 Challenge is another tool for us to help achieve our clients’ increasingly ambitious sustainability goals. evolveEA already has a track record with its contributions to projects and has had a major impact on the greater Pittsburgh region. Several high-profile sustainability consulting projects, including the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes and the David Lawrence Convention Center’s operations study, which led to Platinum LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance certification, as well as ongoing relationships with Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, Point Park University, Giant Eagle and regional architects, engineers and contractors have positioned the firm at the forefront of both the regional and national green building community. Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, independent organization established in response to dramatic climate change by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. Its mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to becoming a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and associated economic crises. The 2030 Challenge is the organization’s premiere initiative, which asks the architecture and building industry to adopt aggressive incremental targets designed to slow the increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings the year 2030. Members of the evolveEA team are also leading the design and building community in other ways that will support The 2030 Challenge. Principal Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty was recently chosen to Chair the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh’s Committee on the Environment, which is being resurrected for the first time since the 1990s in order to lead and support regional sustainability initiatives. And Principal Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP is Vice-President of the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors. The 2030 Challenge has been adopted and supported by numerous professional organizations and design firms. evolveEA is the third Pittsburgh-based firm to adopt the Challenge. By putting forward designs that meet and exceed 2030 Challenge targets, these firms are providing clients with the best-performing buildings possible. Adopters are also able to take advantage of federal, state and local incentives for projects that achieve the 2030 Challenge targets, as well as lead the profession as national legislation is implemented that incorporates these targets into building codes.
evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: Fall 2012
September 14, 2012 September 19, 26, & October 3 at Point Park University with Green Building Alliance
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm LEED GA Exam Prep Course [BD+C 251] Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty Register through the GBA; 3 sessions Point Park University, Pittsburgh PA
October 11 GBA INSPIRE Speaker Series at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Green Building Alliance INSPIRE Kickoff Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP George Bandy Jr., Vice-President of Interface Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA
October 24 at Master Builder's Association of Western Pennsylvania Green Builders Committee Half Day of Green Education
  • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm LEED for Healthcare – What You Need To Know Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty MBA Headquarters Lower Level Conference Center, 631 Iron City Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
November 12 at Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference 
  • 10:45 am –12:15 pm Ecodistricts: Powered by Community Capacity [1B - Engaging Diverse Communities in Behavior Change] Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Regency-D, 1209 L Street, Sacramento CA
November 14 at Greenbuild 2012 Internationl Conference & Expo 
  • 3:00 pm –4:00 pm Beyond Post Occupancy Evaluation: Building the Business Case [B02] Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP Angelica Ciranni, Sustainability Coordinator, Sports & Exhibition Authority Aurora Sharrard, Vice President of Innovation, Green Building Alliance Moscone Center: 747 Howard Street, San Francisco CA
December 10 at Landmarks Housing Resource Center with Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm LEED Certification in Building Construction Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty 744 Rebecca Ave, Wilkinsburg PA 15221
 
Steve Hockley Joins Conservation Consultants Inc. Board of Directors
September 07, 2012 Steve Hockley, Sustainable Process Manager at evolvEA, was recently named to the Board of Directors of Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), a prominent organization that has catalyzed the sustainability movement in Western PA. A graduate of Duquesne University’s MBA with a Focus in Sustainability program, and a LEED AP with a specialization in Existing Buildings, Steve’s extensive sustainability and green building consulting experience will be valuable to CCI as it continues to pursue its mission of promoting responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings.
Marc Mondor Joins AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors as Chair of Committee on the Environment
September 04, 2012 AIA Pittsburgh Board MeetingevolveEA Principal, Marc Mondor, AIA, was inaugurated last week to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects (AIA Pittsburgh). Marc will also serve as Chair of the Committee on the Environment, which is being resurrected for the first time since the 1990s. Marc’s extensive green building and facilitation experience will be valuable as the Committee undertakes sustainability initiatives such as the 2030 challenge. evolveEA’s tradition of professional and civic involvement is an extension of our mission to promote sustainability through design. Marc has been instrumental in programming and delivering the AIA’s BuildPittsburgh conferences and serves as USGBC LEED Faculty.
Phipps Production Greenhouse earns LEED Platinum Certification in the Existing Buildings Category
June 29, 2012 Thanks to a multi-year effort by a distinguished project team led by evolveEA, Phipps Conservatory's Production Greenhouse has earned LEED EBOM Platinum Certification illustrating the potential for existing buildings to reduce their environmental impact. The certification—USGBC's highest rating—represents the culmination of intense efforts to fully integrate sustainable operations within the organization. The historic campus in Pittsburgh's Schenley park contains some of the most technologically advanced green building systems, tools to monitor them, and comprehensive green operations and maintenance practices in the region. As part of this effort, the conservatory and Production greenhouse team led efforts to:
  • Conduct a historical and peer group energy benchmarking study to better understand the relative efficiency and unique operating characteristics found across the country's greenhouses.
  • Install campus-wide energy and water monitoring equipment which allows for real-time monitoring of resource usage in each campus building.
  • Commission and audit all of the buildings on campus to ensure they were operating efficiently and effectively. 
  • Instill organizational goals toward achieving a zero waste, and environmentally sensitive campus and culture.
evolveEA Selected for Downtown Pittsburgh Revitalization Project Team
June 19, 2012 "The Gardens," will be a mixed use project on Market Square that will make up the next phase of a long-term revitalization plan. evolveEA was part of theteam for the phase one Market at Fifth project that initiated the downtown square's improvement, restoring historic façades while providing modern LEED certified residences and retail spaces. "The Gardens" project team will include evolveEA as sustainability, energy and modeling, and LEED consultants. The new 20-story tower will contain classic office space, a hotel, destination retail space, and parking. The project team features globally renowned Arquitectonica, Emcor, and is being developed by Millcraft Industries.
evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: Summer 2012
June 18, 2012 June 21 at 2012 ACSA International Conference: CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices June 26 at Green Building Alliance 
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch & Learn Traveler’s Passport: Green Building in Korea Cole Williams, evolveEA consultant Green Building Alliance, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 East Carson Street, Suite 331, Pittsburgh [Cole and the three other participants of a Rotary Club sponsored exchange program for Pittsburgh sustainability professionals discuss their observations from a month-long stay in South Korea.]
evolveEA to Help Green Point Park University’s New Building
June 11, 2012 evolveEA will perform LEED management and sustainability consulting for Point Park University's newest project. The 101 Wood Street building in downtown Pittsburgh will act as the University's front door, welcoming new students and faculty. We will provide a suite of consulting services to help minimize environmental impact, set and manage sustainability goals, and achieve LEED certification. The project includes a panoramic view of the Point Park University campus, including the plaza across the street—another evolveEA consulting project. The project team is being led by EDGEstudio and HF Lenz.
Winchester Thurston School Engages evolveEA
June 06, 2012 evolveEA was selected as part of a project team to establish energy efficiency goals for Pittsburgh's renowned pre-K through 12 school, Winchester Thurston. We will start the process by leading a stakeholder charrette to ascertain overall sustainability goals. Comprising the project team along with evolveEA are Building Performance Architecture, Fourth Economy, and Performance Systems Development. Winchester Thurston School is a prestigious addition to our growing list of clients within the schools sector, which also includes Shady Side Academy, A.L. Wilson Elementary School, and others.
evolveEA Study Culminates in LEED EB Platinum Certification at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
May 10, 2012 The region’s investment in a green convention center is paying off. Pittsburgh-based consulting firm, evolveEA performed a ground-breaking study to evaluate the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s (DLCC) operations, marking the first time a prominent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building has undergone a comprehensive evaluation for green operations, which has culminated in the facility becoming the first LEED Platinum convention center certified under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance rating system. Christine Mondor, Principal at evolveEA says “This study illustrates that the DLCC, one of the greenest convention centers in the world, is an excellent example of a building whose smart design leverages efficient operations. It is also a great story of what can be achieved by an operations team that looks for constant improvement.” evolveEA and its team investigated the convention center’s performance, not only as a physical building, but as a functioning organization. To do this, the team benchmarked the DLCC against other convention centers, and provided recommendations to improve operations and leverage marketing opportunities. The study highlighted that over $12 million in DLCC revenues from 2006 to 2010 came from green-seeking events. These same events brought approximately $144 million in direct spending to the Pittsburgh region. In addition to added business, the convention center’s design and how it has been operated has allowed it to save over $2-million in energy costs since 2005, compared to a conventional venue of its size.

LEED Platinum Announcement

As evidenced by the approximately 50 facilities that have achieved or are pursuing LEED certification, convention centers and event destinations are prioritizing sustainability as they begin to understand the marketing and cost saving implications of sustainable operations.  In 2003, the DLCC catalyzed the green building movement in the convention industry, becoming the first LEED Gold Convention Center. Now, as a result of this study, the DLCC has reaffirmed its leadership after nearly a decade of operations. Selected from a field of 25 national firms, evolveEA led a project team comprised of CJL Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, and Civil and Environmental Consultants. By analyzing energy consumption, water use, airflow, purchasing, waste management, transportation, marketing, and occupant behavior and satisfaction, the team identified opportunities to make improvements that will continue to generate financial savings, marketing value, and business growth. Stephen Hockley, evolveEA project manager says “This study represents a truly compelling business case for pursuing sustainability. It shows that no matter the business model, an organization can do well by doing good.” To learn more about the project and evolveEA’s role, visit evolveEA.com/work/dlcc.
Upcoming evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances
April 24, 2012 April 17 at Build Pittsburgh Annual AIA Pittsburgh Conference
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Integrative Process and Verified Performance: The Expanded Focus of LEED 2012 Moderator: Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, Principal, evolveEA Panelists: Joseph Nagy, RA, LEED AP, Building Systems Ratings Manager, evolveEA, and Stephen Hockley, LEED AP, Sustainability Process Manager, evolveEA
April 25 at GMIC's 2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference, Montreal Canada
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Breakout Session on the Building in Operation Study of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, evolveEA; Mark Leahy, Convention Center General Manager, SMG; Angelica Ciranni, Project Development Specialist, Sports & Exhibition Authority
April 27 at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Building as Organism: An Approach to the Living Building Challenge Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, evolveEA Location: Pfendler Hall, Dean’s Auditorium
May 16 at 2012 AIA National Convention, Washington DC
  • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Preconvention Workshop – BD+C 301: Implementing the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating System Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, Principal, evolveEA Program Code: WE201  |  Event Type: Preconvention Workshops Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 144AB Learning Units: 7.50 LU\HSW\SD  |  Cost: $310.00
May 18 at USGBC's 2012 Annual Greening the Heartland Conference, Indianapolis
  • 8:00 am – 9:15 am Breakout Session – Ecodistricts: The Future of Sustainable Communities David Deal, LEED AP, evolveEA
The Greening of Meetings—Event Venues Get Sustainable
March 16, 2012 Newsbrief from Environmental Building News According to consulting firm evolveEA, planners of conventions, trade shows, and other large meetings increasingly demand greener facilities, whose share of the market has increased 4.5% per year since 2004. In 2010, there were 19 LEED-certified convention centers across the country—up from 11 in 2009—and many more pursuing certification. With this in mind, evolveEA, the Heinz Endowments, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh conducted a survey of convention centers to better understand how they are addressing the demand for greener venues. Looking at convention centers’ business models, “Event Venue Benchmarking” identifies key market drivers and industry best practices (such as energy benchmarking, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainable purchasing), as well as opportunities for improvement. For example, the waste stream at convention centers can be particularly large, and while all facilities surveyed claimed to recycle to some extent, waste varied by facility from under two to more than eight pounds per visitor. While a given facility recycled a higher percentage of its waste, another produced less waste per visitor to begin with by choices made in purchasing. To learn more, visit www.evolveEA.com. By Erin Weaver, March 1, 2012
Winter Gala at Art Institute Features Panel with Marc Mondor
February 23, 2012 Last week, the Interior Design Student Professional Alliance held their annual Winter Gala at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The event featured a presentation about the Living Building Challenge process at the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, led by a panel from the project team. evolveEA's Marc Mondor was accompanied by Chris Minnerly of The Design Alliance architects, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory Richard Piacentini, and Alan Traugott of CJL Engineering. They covered the Whats Whys and Hows of this unprecedented net zero energy water and waste building project from their own unique perspectives as team leaders. Phipps Conservatory is a global leader in sustainability and a historical Pittsburgh treasure. evolve's experience as LEED and Living Building Challenge consultants continues to add knowledge and value to our work every day, and we are thrilled to be able to share this with young designers and the local community.
Roshek Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification
February 17, 2012   The historic Roshek Building, centerpiece of downtown Dubuque, Iowa’s sustainable redevelopment, recently received the US Green Building Council’s highest LEED Platinum Certification. evolveEA, coordinated the project team’s approach that combined sustainable development, green building and historic preservation to galvanize redevelopment in historic downtown Dubuque. Having successfully managed over 30 LEED certifications, The Roshek Building is our first platinum project and also the first platinum certification in the Dubuque—a city increasingly known for its strong commitment to sustainability since 2006. The first Platinum Historic Rehabilitation project in Iowa, the Roshek Building is the fifth building in Iowa to achieve platinum. Only a handful of Historic Rehabilitation projects in the nation have received Platinum certification, a rare and significant accomplishment. This project shows how effective public private partnership focused on sustainable redevelopment can dramatically turn around declining small towns and cities...even during a national recession. Over 30 organizations spearheaded by the Roshek Building nonprofit owner Dubuque Initiative, developer contractor Gronen Properties, and major tenant IBM Corporation have demonstrated how sustainable redevelopment can dramatically improve employment opportunities, repair historic town fabric, and reduce our environmental footprint while breathing new life into both a town and the surrounding region. — evolveEA principal, Marc Mondor AIA, USGBC LEED Faculty The project leveraged the City of Dubuque’s commitment to sustainability to convince IBM to locate a new Technology Services Delivery Center into the underutilized Roshek Department Store Building. In addition, Dubuque became the first North American demonstration city for IBM’s Smart Cities Initiative. The historic restoration of the nine story tower upgraded the energy efficiency of the building walls, windows, roof and mechanical systems while preserving the character and detailed facade of the landmark structure. Interior spaces were upgraded to maximize daylight, views, thermal comfort, ventilation and the use of healthy green materials. Over 130,00 SF of high quality office space was provided for IBM.  In addition 10,000 SF of ground floor commercial space and 63,000 SF of office space, some of which is leased to non-profit and start-up businesses at below market rates, was renovated. The project cost is $45 million and generated 2540 new jobs with an anticipated regional impact of over $1.6 billion in business growth over the first 10 years of operation. The Roshek Building LEED Platinum Certification demonstrates that sustainable projects pursuing triple bottom line approaches that simultaneously improve economy, equity and environment are succeeding to revitalize our communities, protect our environment and restore our economy. To learn more about the project, please visit our project pages for The Roshek Building and the IBM Technology Service Center.
evolveEA Receives WBE Certifications
February 02, 2012 We are pleased to announce that evolveEA was recently certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
Masters of Sustainability Students Engage in A Tale of Two Cities: Sustainable Community Analysis
January 26, 2012 evolveEA is leading a team of graduate students (MS3) in a semester long inquiry exploring two of our region's communities as they transition toward a more sustainable and (hopefully) prosperous future. Similar to evolveEA's approach to Buildings in Operation and benchmarking investigations, evolveEA and the Slippery Rock University team will perform a deep analysis of each community's demographics and sustainability initiatives; while gauging progress across a number of metrics and indicators. This Community engagement study will explore the potential for sustainable development in Oberlin OH, and Pittsburgh PA; two communities which differ greatly, but are pursuing paths toward a more sustainable future. We'll try to uncover how a metropolis of three million and college town of eight thousand might learn from each other as each faces unique challenges and opportunities.
Cole Williams to Attend Seoul Green Building Exchange Program
January 10, 2012 We are proud to announce that evolveEA's Cole Williams was chosen to participate in a Green Building Group Study Exchange Program this coming May in Seoul, South Korea. The program, organized and funded by the Rotary Foundation, brings a team of architects and designers from Seoul to Pittsburgh and then participants from Pittsburgh will focus on green building and development while in Seoul. Cole thanks the McCandless Rotary Club, who will sponsor his trip to Seoul. He looks forward to this opportunity to share green building knowledge with peers and learn about Seoul's advancements in green building firsthand. We are excited to hear all about his experience!
White House Council Environmental Quality Chair Visits Pittsburgh
November 23, 2011 Last weekend representatives from evolveEA met with Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. Sutley is principal environmental policy advisor to the President and was in Pittsburgh to learn about the successes and challenges facing the state of green building in our region. We described Pittsburgh's role as an early green building leader and challenges discussed ranged from combined sewer overflow to incentives for renewable energy.

We learned that the Obama Administration has repeatedly tried to get all G-8 and G-20 nations to eliminate their own fossil fuel subsidies to no avail. The Federal Government has begun awarding energy service contracts, which reward efficiency over consumption. The Department of Defense has been providing leadership on energy and emissions; most of the logistics chain in Afganistan, for instance, is related to the transfer of energy. DOE Secretary Chu is performing long term planning in his quadrennial review of the DOE. Clean air was discussed, as the EPA is implementing mercury standards for power plants and related air quality, as the the average plant in the US is 43 years old. Efficiency programs on the residential and commercial side were described, with programs such as Recovery to Retrofit, Energy Star, Better Buildings Initiative, Sunshine Initiative, Smart Communities and Executive Order 13514. Research for clean energy, renewable energy and smart communities are being worked on by DOT, HUD and DOE.  Fuel economy standards have been developed and adopted with the cooperation of the auto makers. Combined sewer overflow in Southwest PA will be a $5-10B problem, but the EPA has not been supporting green infrastructure as a sole solution; Milwaukee exists as a successful case study. The meeting was hosted by the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh. Other attendees included Davitt Woodwell (Pennsylvania Environmental Council), Bill Bates (Chair of the Green Building Alliance), Malik Bankston (Kingsley Center), Marijke Hecht (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy), Ashton Giles (City of Pittsburgh) and Joy Braunstein (Rachel Carson Homestead).
David L. Lawrence Conv. Center Progress Report
November 10, 2011 evolveEA's Christine Mondor will speak at a Green Building Alliance event addressing the DLCC’s green features, performance, and operations, past, present, and future. evolveEA led the project team that analyzed the convention center's performance as an innovative green building. Christine will highlight the challenges and triumphs in this effort that's sure to have significant implications for the Pittsburgh region and for the convention center industry. Pre-registration for this event is recommended. Time and location are as follows: Hall A David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 November 10, 2011 7:30 am - 10:00 am See the Green Building Alliance event page for registration and more information.
Daniel Klein joins evolveEA as Communication Designer
November 02, 2011 Daniel Klein has joined evolveEA as Communication Designer and will be leading the firm’s emphasis on visualizing information to help companies and communities make better decisions for their future. Daniel has developed a savvy, conceptual design methodology working in fields from fine arts to corporate consulting and his creating thinking, technical skill and leadership experience will inform projects across the full spectrum of media. His key areas of focus are information graphics, brand development, environmental graphics, publication design and social media. Daniel is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Communication Design program and has over ten years of experience in the United States and abroad. As the creative lead for a DC based futures consulting firm, Daniel strengthened the firm’s global presence, developing its in-house design studio in Tel Aviv. While in Israel, he also used his talents to benefit the community as a founding member of BreakOn, an urban art collective that reclaimed unused spaces as exhibition venues for emerging artists. “Daniel’s talents and strategic thinking will help our clients tell their stories and analyze their data at a new level. His experience with future’s thinking and collaborative creativity will enable a new level to the sustainability dialogue and help make strategic thinking easier and more accessible,” said Christine Mondor, AIA and Principal of evolveEA. To demonstrate the value of infographics, Daniel has published an example as part of his first blog post on the evolveEA website.