Clapp Hall Renovations (LEED Silver, 2020)


Clapp Hall is the primary home of Pitt’s Biological Sciences department. Classrooms, laboratories, conference and seminar rooms, support spaces and offices were renovated; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and telecommunication systems were replaced; and a new fire suppression system was installed. The building’s elevator and restrooms were modernized to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Outside, doors, windows and roofing were replaced and the exterior was cleaned and repainted.

The 84,272 ft2 building gained its LEED Silver designation in 2020

Green Building Highlights 

  • Bike storage and changing rooms for commuters.
  • Energy efficient lighting. 
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures. 
  • A demand-control ventilation system that helps improve indoor air quality by sensing CO2, particulates, VOCs, and other pollutants. This system also helps reduce energy consumption. 
  • A lab exhaust energy recovery system. 
  • More than 95% of construction waste was diverted from landfills, 90% of existing building elements were reused and 36% of building materials were regionally manufactured.
  • A white roof to reduce energy consumption in the summer.
  • Chilled Beams which are air distribution devices that improve energy efficiency and increase occupant comfort.