Public Health Addition (LEED Certified, 2018)

Introduction 

The Pitt Public Health building addition, located at 130 De Soto Street on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus, provides the school with more research facilities. Pitt Public Health ranks highly among schools of public health in National Institutes of Health funding and maintains collaborative relationships with Pitt’s five other health science schools as well as community organizations and the local and state health departments.

The addition was awarded a LEED Certified designation in 2018 for its 56,679 square feet.

Green Building Highlights 

  • Windows have high performance glazing, which reduce heat loss and help minimize building-wide energy consumption.
  • Daylight harvesting helps reduce the amount of electricity needed.
  • Occupancy sensors help automatically turn off lights in unoccupied areas, reducing energy waste.
  • Heat recovery system helps improve energy efficiency.
  • Variable frequency drives control exhaust systems that help save electricity and water.
  • White roof helps reduces the urban heat island effect.
  • Convenient access to frequent public transportation.  
  • Materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribute to good indoor air quality.
  • Use of regional materials in construction.
  • Construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Architect: R3A
Contractor: PJ Dick