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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has a strong record of creating and implementing environmental initiatives that come from both top-down mandates and bottom-up efforts. These initiatives result from the creative collaboration between the faculty and students, the facilities team, and leading professionals in the field. evolveEA has been a strong partner in these efforts, working with the University since 2004 to be a significant driver of Carnegie Mellon University Green Building initiatives and University-wide environmental change.

evolveEA has helped in the design, construction and operation of over 400,000 sf of facilities renovation and new construction. By providing LEED management services for five LEED NC and CI projects we have helped standardize energy and water usage savings, more integrated design and construction, furthered healthy materials sourcing and helped CMU promote their efforts.

evolveEA has also helped CMU develop policies and implementation plans for campus wide green housekeeping and for construction and demolition waste specifications, the latter resulting in the grinding and salvage of nearly all demolition waste for the $100M Gates Center project.

“CMU called on evolveEA to jump start a nationally known design and engineering team who was having difficulty completing LEED certification on a large new building project at the front door of our campus. They quickly developed collaborative working relationships with the project team and were instrumental in shepherding the project to LEED Gold certification.  We would not have succeeded without evolveEA’s LEED project management experience and firm direction.”
—Andrew Reilly, Project Manager

evolveEA has assisted CMU with these noteworthy building projects:

  • Gates Center for Computer Science: evolveEA wrote LEED demolition specifications, leading to the diversion of 99% of demolition waste. evolveEA served as LEED consultant on the project to Arup, the project MEP engineer. Post construction, evolve managed the LEED submission for the project, engaged directly by CMU. LEED Gold certification was achieved for this internationally renowned 210,000 sf $90M signature academic office and classroom building designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. The building includes many unconventional and challenging features such as materials collisions, extensive roof gardens, and full height glazing on dramatic cantilevers.
  • Tepper Hall: evolve was hired by the project architect to provide LEED and green building management services for this 10,000 sf 3 story addition hovering over the adjacent Peace Garden. Many varied interests included the Tepper School, to University and student groups. We were able to engage student input into greening the project. Although LEED Silver was the project goal, the team was able to achieve LEED Gold certification.
  • 300 South Craig: This 65,000 sf $7M project consisted of a gut rehabilitation into offices and classrooms for the School of Computer Sciences plus ground floor retail space in a dense district near the University. This project achieved LEED Silver certification.
  • Carnegie Mellon Green Building - Scott HallScott Hall: evolveEA served as Owners Sustainability Representative for this $95M, 106,000 sf building designed to house the Wilton E. Scott Institute, containing offices, lab and research facilities and a 10,000sf clean room. While the project goal was LEED Silver certification, it is currently anticipated to achieve LEED Gold. Key project features include a 13,000 sf green roof, envelope commissioning, and enhanced indoor air quality measures.  evolveEA drove the project team to consider, vet, review and achieve project goals.
  • Hamburg Hall, Carnegie Mellon University Green Building, LEED GoldHamburg Hall: evolveEA managed the LEED submission process for this 3,500 sf, $3.5M project. As the second of four planed phases of work at Hamburg Hall, the project consists of a new addition for classroom auditorium within an existing courtyard, with outdoor patio space on the roof of the new space. Forthcoming phases in this complex project will enclose the courtyard with a glass roof structure, converting the outdoor patio space to an interior one. While the target was LEED Silver certification, the project achieved Gold certification. evolveEA provided goal setting and LEED management.
  • Tepper Quad: evolveEA is working closely with the design team as the Owners Sustainability Representative for the LEED process on this 324,000 sf, $201M project. Designed to house the internationally recognized business school, the Tepper Quad is the first phase of the University’s new North Campus across Forbes Avenue. The project target is LEED Gold certification, and evolveEA was involved since project inception to ensure the implementation of sustainability goals. The project is currently under construction with completion anticipated in 2018.

Members of evolve have also served on the CMU Green Practices Committee and consulted in service to their efforts, contributing to the strengthening of in-house green capacity and policy development for campus issues such as green landscape practices, sustainable purchasing and other issues, and integrated this work into curriculum for the School of Architecture.

Services provided to Carnegie Mellon University include:

  • LEED Management, New Construction and Commercial Interiors—oversight, advocacy, ideation, consultant management, record keeping and submittals for the LEED process.
  • Policy Development and Implementation Plans—leading a collaborative process with stakeholders to benchmark, set goals, draft policies and critical paths for implementation.
  • Targeted Consulting—involvement in projects on an as-needed basis.
  • Curriculum—as professor at CMU for over a decade, evolveEA’s Christine Mondor has integrated green building principles and evolveEA case studies into core architecture course work. We have also advised design students and lectured at the university about LEED and sustainable design.