McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (LEED Gold, 2005)


The University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is located at 3025 East Carson Street in the historic South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where its researchers are focused on regenerative medicine that develops and delivers therapies that reestablish tissue and organ function impaired by disease, trauma or congenital abnormalities. The facility is also used by UPMC. 

Built new, the two-story, 45,200 square foot McGowan building gained its LEED Gold designation in 2005, the first of Pitt’s many LEED buildings.

Green Building Highlights 

  • The McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine was built on a U.S. EPA-designated brownfield site (previously used to manufacture steel), helping launch a successful economic revitalization just three miles from Downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Containing laboratories and offices, the building has high-efficiency HVAC systems with heat recovery systems that help reduce the building’s energy usage and increase the efficiency of providing outside air throughout.
  • During construction, a large volume of locally manufactured or fabricated materials were used.
  • Low-emitting materials were used in construction, helping create good indoor air quality.
  • A 5,000 gallon underground rainwater storage tank reduces the McGowan Institute’s need for potable water in and around the building, while reducing the flow of stormwater into Pittsburgh rivers.
  • In 2005, Pitt’s McGowan Institute was the first university building in Pennsylvania to earn LEED Gold status.
  • In 2018, Green Building Alliance recognized the McGowan Institute as one of 25 pivotal green buildings in Western Pennsylvania in 25 years of green buildings.

Architect: IKM
Contractor: TEDCO