University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Life Sciences Building(Under Construction; Pursuing LEED Certification)

Introduction

The new Life Sciences Building on Pitt’s Greensburg campus will be located adjacent to the existing Smith Hall & Ferguson Auditorium buildings at 150 Finoli Drive. The building will serve the Greensburg campus’s undergraduate Nursing and Life Sciences curriculums. The Life Sciences Building will include a clinical lab, telemedicine space, simulation suites, a computer lab, chemistry and biology labs, and support spaces. 

The 22,802 square foot building is pursuing LEED certification.

Green Building Highlights 

  • LED lighting fixtures throughout the building last longer and are more energy efficient.
  • The building will utilize a full airside economizer, which brings outside air into a building, helping to reduce the need for mechanical cooling (and thus energy consumption).
  • High efficiency glazing system (i.e., windows and curtain wall) and an air barrier to reduce infiltration.
  • Insulation systems for the roof and walls and foundations that help reduce energy waste and consumption.
  • A total energy wheel heat exchanger located in each of the rooftop units will help recover energy by reclaiming heat from general and restroom exhaust air.
  • Laboratory fume hood optimization strategies help reduce energy consumption.
  • Low flow and low flush plumbing fixtures that conserve water; no irrigation for landscaping purposes.
  • Environmentally friendly raw materials and products were prioritized. 
  • Parking space reduction was utilized to help maintain campus green space. 
  • Stormwater mitigation efforts are significant, including bioretention areas.
  • Designed to be solar ready.

Architect: MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni