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Energy Innovation Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification
A remarkable example of building reuse and historic restoration, a Pittsburgh state-of-the-art green building has successfully met the goal of achieving a high level LEED Platinum certification. The 200,000 square-foot Energy Innovation Center (EIC), which hosts trade apprenticeship programs, energy-related technology labs for five universities, co-working facilities, and other production, design, and workspaces for nonprofit organizations and businesses, was opened in 2015 in the former Connelley Trade School Building. For years, the design team worked diligently to preserve... 
Posted by admin on July 14, 2017
PITT OHIO Terminal Receives LEED Gold Certification
  Working with evolveEA to design and construct an energy efficient, high performing trucking terminal, PITT OHIO has earned enough points to officially certify its Cheswick, PA facility as a LEED Gold project. The 55,000 square foot terminal, responsible for servicing the Pittsburgh region, utilizes a low-emitting Energy Star roof positioned to reflect the highest percentage of the sun’s rays, cooling the surrounding area and lowering air conditioning costs. 150 LED lights are used in replacement of incandescent, saving about $2,000 a year in electricity. A geothermal... 
Posted by admin on June 06, 2017
Bringing Sustainability to the Trucking Industry
The ubiquitous trucks we see on the highways are an integral part of our way of life. While not always pleasant to be around (or drive around), the $750 billion trucking industry provides the conveyance from one place to another of nearly everything we rely upon. evolveEA was recently asked to speak at the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) semi-annual conference about sustainability in trucking. The Conference celebrated 60 years of influence as the trucking industry’s primary trade group. As with other industry trade group conferences... 
Posted by Marc Mondor on March 07, 2016
Oxford’s Hot Metal Flats Receives LEED Gold Certification
image courtesy of Oxford Development Oxford Development Company and its partners announced that the 117-unit Hot Metal Flats apartment complex in the South Side Works development in Pittsburgh has received LEED® Gold certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. “Our philosophy with multifamily projects is to create sustainable communities with their own... 
Posted by admin on March 01, 2016
Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieves Living Building Challenge Certification
A world leader in sustainable innovation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has achieved the Living Building Challenge™ for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that houses groundbreaking sustainability research and science education programs, and serves as a key part of the public garden’s immersive visitor experience. In producing all of its own renewable energy, and treating and reusing all water captured on site, the CSL demonstrates the benefits of humanity living in harmony with nature. evolveEA managed the LEED and Living Building Challenge... 
Posted by admin on March 10, 2015
Erie, Pennsylvania Celebrates the City’s First LEED Gold Project: The Erie Art Museum
Green Building Alliance, City officials, project team members and Erie residents participate in a free afternoon program called The Art of Being Green. The Erie Art Museum hosted a celebration Sunday honoring the green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its recently opened renovation and addition. evolveEA served as sustainability consultant for the project, coordinating the architects at Edge Studio (now GBBN), museum stakeholders and the rest of the project team to ensure... 
Posted by admin on January 13, 2015
Sheetz Shwellness Center Earns LEED Gold Certification
Opened in 2012, the 11,000-square-foot Sheetz Shwellness Center has just become Blair County’s first LEED-certified building. The LEED Gold facility is an employee health and wellness center located near Altoona, Pennsylvania adjacent to the distribution center for the Sheetz convenience store chain. evolveEA assisted the design and construction team with aspects of the LEED certification process, and attended Sheetz’s Earth Day ceremony where Joe Sheetz, President and CEO of Sheetz, was presented with the LEED Gold Certificate by Mike Schiller, Executive Director... 
Posted by admin on April 24, 2014
evolveEA Helps Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Achieve Highest LEED Platinum Certification
Pittsburgh, PA — The Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) earned the highest LEED Platinum Certification yet achieved for a new green building. The project systematically demonstrates high performance in site design, water & energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and material conservation and use. The US Green Building Council granted the project 63 of a possible 69 points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 2 rating system. Only one other new building has achieved this level of green building distinction. The CSL... 
Posted by admin on September 12, 2013
Sota Construction Services achieved LEED Platinum for its new offices
Sota Construction Services Inc’s newly constructed office building reached a LEED score that makes it one of the greenest buildings in the world. Four evolveEA LEED consulting projects, including this building, achieved LEED Platinum Certification in 2012. Pittsburgh, PA — Sota Construction Services Inc. has a new office building that sets new standards for sustainable building practices by incorporating numerous approaches including: passive and very high efficiency active radiant slab heating and cooling systems served by  geothermal heat pumps, natural ventilation... 
Posted by admin on March 20, 2013
Phipps Production Greenhouse earns LEED Platinum Certification in the Existing Buildings Category
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,... 
Posted by admin on June 29, 2012
evolveEA Study Culminates in LEED EB Platinum Certification at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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... 
Posted by admin on May 10, 2012
Market at Fifth
The Market at Fifth project is a renovation of three historically significant 1904 structures in the section of downtown Pittsburgh known as the Fifth & Forbes corridor. Once slated for demolition, the derelict buildings were purchased by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), who developed a business plan for their beneficial reuse. The project has become a local success story and testimonial to the value of converting abandoned property into appealing, environmentally conscious and economically beneficial space. Furthermore, this project was instrumental... 
Posted by admin on April 12, 2012
Roshek Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification
  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... 
Posted by admin on February 17, 2012
Roshek Building
The historic Roshek Building, centerpiece of downtown Dubuque, Iowa’s sustainable redevelopment 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. The 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... 
Posted by admin on February 16, 2012
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Upon its completion in 2003, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) received LEED-NC Gold certification, was the world’s largest green building (at 1.5 million sq-ft), and was the first LEED certified convention center. Since its opening in 2004, the DLCC has generated more than $673 million in direct local spending1 to Pittsburgh businesses, much of which has resulted from events attracted by the DLCC’s sustainability focus. To capitalize on the support of the Convention Center’s operations, evolveEA and its consultant team was hired by the Heinz Endowments... 
Posted by David Eskenazi on November 04, 2011
Alcoa Corporate Center
Alcoa, a global leader in mining, refining and smelting Alumina, has been committed to corporate wide sustainability initiatives since the 1980’s. Alcoa began to report and actively reduce emissions as early as 1993 and has reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions 37% as of 2010 against their 1990 baseline targets. They’ve won numerous global sustainability leadership awards and have begun to effectively implement strategic sustainability initiative across the corporation. The management staff at Alcoa’s corporate headquarters has similarly been committed to sustainable... 
Posted by David Eskenazi on October 03, 2011
Dick’s Sporting Goods Store Support Center
Dick’s Store Support Center in Findlay Township, PA, houses merchandising rooms, executive offices, staff work areas, an athletic facility, an auditorium, a café, and a full size store mock-up for Dick’s Sporting Goods. Built on a wooded site, this $125 million complex is the first phase in a multi-phase corporate campus, which has been designed to fit into the local topography. Some noteworthy green features: Sustainable Sites. The project is on target to earn 8 of a possible 14 points in this category by focusing on: bike friendliness (82 storage spaces and 16 showers);... 
Posted by David Eskenazi on January 07, 2011
Pittsburgh Opera
In 2008, the Pittsburgh Opera renovated and moved into the original George Westinghouse Brake Factory (built in 1869), located in Pittsburgh’s historic strip district. The former factory became not only the Opera’s first ever owned property, but was renovated and is operated using green principles. As new owners, the Opera relocated and consolidated all of their operations under one roof; replete with over 15,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance space with another 15,000 dedicated to administrative and operations staff. To further their commitment to green operations,... 
Posted by andrew on December 31, 2009
IBM Dubuque
IBM Corporation located their new 1300-person Global Technology Service Center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa because of the local region’s commitment to triple bottom line sustainable redevelopment. Working with Dubuque’s public private partnership was consistent with IBM’s corporate values and cutting edge data driven technology aimed at initiating sustainable urban change. The collaboration dramatically improved regional employment opportunities, repaired the historic town fabric, and reduced Dubuque’s environmental footprint while creating over 130,000 SF of LEED Gold... 
Posted by admin on November 24, 2009
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Following the best available environmental practices is part of the mission of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Conservatory, a regional treasure, has taken a national leadership role in the environmental design of its facilities with the completion of what is likely the most energy efficient greenhouse in the world. evolveEA is working closely with Phipps to extend its visionary efforts by assisting in the greening of existing buildings (including the iconic 1893 glass house) and with the design and construction of the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes.... 
Posted by admin on November 09, 2009
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... 
Posted by admin on November 09, 2009
Giant Eagle Supermarkets
How sustainable can a supermarket chain be? Since 2003, evolveEA has been Giant Eagle Inc.’s green building consultant, offering strategic recommendations to help advance sustainability initiatives that have been able to impact all of their supermarkets. After analyzing the results of these innovations with respect to both people and dollars, Giant Eagle recognizes the value of optimizing sustainable strategies wherever possible. They are committed to pursuing LEED certification for future buildings and are communicating this commitment to shoppers and staff alike through... 
Posted by admin on November 09, 2009
Eastside Retail Redevelopment
A progressive developer engaged evolveEA to assist with greening several buildings in the Eastside retail development in Pittsburgh’s underdeveloped East Liberty neighborhood. evolveEA managed the LEED for Core and Shell certification process and advised the developer and design team about the implementation of various greening strategies to increase the overall project value. While locating a retail project in an economically disadvantaged urban environment is inherently green, our involvement advanced ideas for The Mosites Company to consider and evaluate about progressively... 
Posted by admin on December 22, 2008
Shady Side Academy
Shady Side Academy has been educating students (K-12) around the greater Pittsburgh region for over one hundred and twenty five years. Eighty five of these have been spent in Fox Chapel, PA on the Academy’s forty acre suburban campus. The Academy’s first building, Rowe Hall, was built in 1922; an iconic three story brick academic hall perched atop the campus entrance. In 2004, the time for renovation and modernization had come. Through a generous contribution ($900,000) from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the foresight of the Academy, Rowe Hall’s future would be... 
Posted by admin on November 05, 2008
HSBC Bank Egypt Global Service Centre
The first LEED certified project in all of Africa, the 230,000sf LEED Gold Certified HSBC Bank Egypt Global Service Centre is a four story building with two levels of underground parking located in Giza, Egypt’s Smart Village Cairo master-planned development.  The building serves as a regional and global hub for HSBC’s Middle East region, providing offices, check processing centers, call centers, and a bank branch. HSBC is excited about the opportunity for the use of this project as a model to further validate corporate environmental stewardship policies throughout the... 
Posted by admin on November 05, 2008