Designers should embrace an expanded role in aquatic wildlife restoration to link our natural and built environments, benefitting multiple species and better connecting people to nature. When thinking about ecological assets, the freshwater mussel should be at the forefront of the discussion.
evolveEA recently helped two buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh renew certifications that verify high-quality health and energy performance, contributing to the Pittsburgh 2030 District’s goals for building-level energy and indoor air quality benchmarking.
PCN cable television's show, Building Pennsylvania, works with historians and architects to take you on a tour of the buildings and monuments across the commonwealth. Watch Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Fellow, discuss sustainable architecture in Downtown Pittsburgh with local examples of projects where evolveEA has led sustainable design and operations efforts.
With LEED Gold certification of four more floors by UPMC Health Plan at US Steel Tower, and Winthrop Management's previous LEED O+M certification, the Downtown Pittsburgh office building is a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency.
Even though the global pandemic brought most of the world to a halt, building operations still continued. We recognize the challenges COVID brought to building benchmark measurements and applaud two of our clients who were able to attain Energy Star certification despite the hurdles: DMI Industries headquarters in Charleroi, PA, and the historic 411 Seventh Avenue building in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Safely reopening buildings post-pandemic is going to be a challenge. Both occupants and building owners are anxious that their spaces are clean, healthy, and risk free. There are many proven practices that, when implemented into systems correctly, reduce the overall likelihood of occupants coming into contact with pathogens in buildings.
The US Steel Tower is managed by Winthrop Management, who has been working with evolveEA since 2013 to incrementally retrofit systems and improve operations. The US Steel Tower achieved LEED V4 Silver Certification under the Operations + Maintenance (O+M): Existing Buildings rating system in 2019. One of the most unique aspects of this effort has been the Tenant Sustainability Committee created by Winthrop with help from evolveEA, which meets quarterly to collaborate on green initiatives for the whole building, with tenants and management leveraging each other's efforts.