Salk Hall Pavilion (LEED Silver, 2016)


Salk Hall, located at 3501 Terrace Street on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus, is home to the School of Pharmacy and the School of Dental Medicine — and famously where Jonas Salk carried out his research on the polio vaccine while at Pitt. The building is designated as a historic landmark of both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

The 80,502 ft2 Salk Hall Pavilion received a LEED Silver certification in 2016

Green Building Highlights

  • The building has a high performance envelope, which improves the building’s heating and cooling efficiency. 
  • Daylighting, which provides the building with natural light, and in the process reduces the need for electricity consumption. 
  • Bioswales that help reduce stormwater runoff by soaking in rainwater and filtering out pollutants. 
  • Heat recovery (heat wheels) system, which helps improve energy efficiency.
  • Low emitting materials used in construction, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and flooring systems.
  • Recycled content was used during construction.
  • Public transportation access is available right near the building.
  • Water efficient landscaping, reducing the amount of water used.
  • Construction waste management that diverted waste away from landfills.

Architect: DRS Architects