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Frick Environmental Center
Project Type:
Education, office, Public Assembly
Project Location:
2005 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217
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AIA Committee on the Environment:
2019 Top Ten
Design Features:
Rainwater Collection, Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Net Zero
Project Summary:
The Frick Environmental Center, which opened in September 2016, has welcomed more than 200,000 people, exceeding expectations as a teaching tool and outperforming its models as a net-positive Living Building. The project team, in its commitment to continuing education, has shared lessons learned on the building’s performance with a variety of national and regional publications. Presentations on the center have occurred at the Living Future Conference, AIA National Convention, and other regional platforms, with audiences including educators, industry professionals, policy makers, and the community. This outreach has been both holistic and granular in depth, ranging from concept design to focused analysis of energy and water metrics. The project team has also participated in a leadership training seminar for Washington state’s King County GreenTools group, providing guidance in their pursuit of future Living Building Challenge municipal projects in Seattle and larger King County. Now fully certified as a Living Building through the International Living Future Institute, the Frick Environmental Center’s continued success is ensured by an engaged team that continues to actively collaborate. Overwhelmingly positive results from building users in post-occupancy surveys, online reviews, and local reporting are further testament to the comprehensive philosophy behind the Living Building Challenge.

(Source: AIA COTE 2019)
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Design and Construction Team:
H.F. Lenz Company
Civil Engineer
RAM-TECH Engineers
MEP Engineer
Barber & Hoffman
Structural Engineer
LaQuatra Bonci Associates
Landscape Architect
Atelier Ten
Sustainability Consultant
Sustainability Consultant for Client
News Articles:
Ed Massery
Denmarsh Photography
Nic Lehoux
Denmarsh Photography
Nic Lehoux
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson