Pennsylvania conservatory transforms old building with green technology

June 25, 2019

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, has transformed an old building into a green site. Photo courtesy Phipps Conservatory[1]
The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has transformed an old building into a green site.
Photo courtesy Phipps Conservatory

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens[2] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has expanded its sustainable buildings portfolio[3] with a new exhibit staging center (ESC).

Formerly an old public works building, the ESC utilizes green building technology to transform a dilapidated space on a former brownfield into a healthy environment.

“The ESC demonstrates that the greenest, healthiest buildings can be ones that already exist, transforming an old cinderblock building into one of groundbreaking sustainability,” said Richard Piacentini, president of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. “The building will not have heating, cooling, electricity, or sewer bill and, most importantly, will improve the health and well-being of our maintenance staff who work in and guests who visit here.”

ESC’s sustainable highlights include:

ESC worked with FortyEighty Architecture, Common Ground, Iams Consulting, LLC, Studio Phipps, Massaro Corporation, Shepley Bulfinch, Karl Steinmetz Designs, Building Performance Architecture, CJL Engineering, and 7group for the project.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Opener-12.jpg
  2. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: https://u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=G62jSYfZdO-2F12d8lSllQB8AtTiHJNw0R2ibO5YExGVjGnlyjVqc3LS-2F9-2B6FH1VIT3ivghyN8YoGPksV0OpGE1SOYnMOBQ25JGipvSHabEoTir3YHcCjw9kd1LhRW-2FjTU_aWDIlLU8GHIzAwNDuKucrIAzAkKMMnRHcLcHPdPuaKS6Oysj7K7rpVC-2Bv-2BvVLZ2teVXzkTR6HDDs296oAfGTKr7jospQE2ZUs-2FiuZqNoZoJvy-2FNeBCRw3CQyT1DLxfOElbEfDJZWuAjOYI-2BgN4ptn9PSM5DoiRWc9zVyhfm9xB4Mnm5PUNd6INz-2FiRrF1sDU0fuLeV6nu8VwFFX-2F3a579CSZd74rD9Ixdkyfo-2Bew-2BYX81Y3jwMxs1CA00TOP1ky6xZ33-2FeO6gFwAWcfJV8OrzJ6U5KV6iB6oKXCCyZhbwAzqPqwIm1Km2KRLZvJn3Z9Z-2BhwB62Usjj2d-2BUUySDh-2F1dDnwY-2BqBDRZjYZxd0uLrIc-3D
  3. sustainable buildings portfolio: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/achieving-sustainable-garden-alternatives-pittsburgh-conservatory/
  4. Declare: https://living-future.org/declare/

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