Cassell Hall, Pitt Greensburg (LEED Gold, 2014)

Introduction

Cassell Hall, located at 121 Lynch Drive on the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus, includes an energy efficient computing lab, student lounge, and a computer help center. It is named after the former president of the branch campus, Frank A. Cassell. 

The 16,893 ft2 building achieved LEED Gold in 2014.

Green Building Highlights 

 

  • Two green roofs help the environment in ways such as reducing stormwater runoff. 
  • Rainwater harvesting for grey water use in toilets, effectively reducing the amount of freshwater needed. 
  • On-site stormwater filtration and detention, reducing negative impacts on surrounding waterways and reducing freshwater consumption by using stormwater. 
  • Daylighting provides the building with natural light, while simultaneously reducing the need for electricity consumption from artificial lights. 
  • Conveniently located near public transportation and encourages the use of low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles. 
  • Use of renewable energy.
  • Use of recycled and regional materials in construction. 
  • Low emitting materials used in construction, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flooring systems. 
  • Increased ventilation, improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality. 
  • Roof design that reduces the urban heat island effect. 
  • Construction waste management that diverted waste away from landfills. 

 

Architect: FortyEighty 

Contractor: Rycon Construction