Cassell Hall, Pitt Greensburg (LEED Gold, 2014)


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