FROM THE AIA:

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is an education, research and administration facility at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Designed to be the greenest building in the world, it generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. The CSL is the first and only building to meet four of the highest green certifications: the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, WELL Building Platinum, and Four-Stars Sustainable SITES. As an integral part of the Phipps visitor experience, the CSL focuses attention on the important intersection between the built and natural environments, demonstrating that human and environmental health are inextricably connected.

Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Denmarsh Photography Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.

Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Architect(s): The Design Alliance Architects
Project Type: Education – General, Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf, Public Assembly – Recreation
Project Category: New Construction
Project Site: Brownfield Site
Completion Date: 12/1/2012
Project Cost: $15.7 million
Project Size: 24,350 sq. ft.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.


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JURY COMMENTS:

This project incorporated a number of innovative sustainable standards: piloting the sustainable SITES, the WELL building standard, and the Living Building Challenge. The project reclaimed a brownfield site and created an ecological regeneration of a blighted site, all on one of the most difficult sites on the whole campus. The building connects the inside and outside, demonstrating how to live in harmony with nature.

Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Estimated percent of occupants using public transit, cycling or walking: 10%
  • Daylighting at levels that allow lights to be off during daylight hours: 99%
  • Lighting Power Density: 0.57 watts/sf
  • Views to the Outdoors: 98%
  • Percent reduction of regulated potable water: 93%
  • Total EUI actual (kBtu/sf/yr): 18
  • Net EUI actual (kBtu/sf/yr): -3
  • Percent reduction from National Median EUI for Building Type (actual): 73.8%


Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Photo Credit: Denmarsh Photography Inc.
Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects
The Design Alliance Architects Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects
Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects
The Design Alliance Architects Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects
Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects
The Design Alliance Architects Photo Credit: Walter Tien/The Design Alliance Architects