John P. Murtha Center for Public Service, Pitt Johnstown (LEED Certified, 2022)

Introduction 

The John P. Murtha Center for Public Service on Pitt’s Johnstown campus supports campus strategic goals to support civic participation and greater engagement in the local and regional communities, as well as honoring the life of congressman John P. Murtha. 

The 7,443 square foot building opened in 2017 and became LEED Certified in February 2022.

 Green Building Highlights 

  • Takes advantage of daylight to light the building and to mitigate conditions of prevailing winter winds.
  • High performance insulation, increasing energy efficiency.
  • Reduces its heat island effect with a highly reflective roof.
  • Reduces light pollution by reducing the amount of light emitted through the building envelope during nighttime hours.
  • Native plants eliminate the need for irrigation, while also aiding in stormwater management.
  • Sustainable materials used in both the exterior and interior of the building promote the reduction of raw material use and improve indoor environmental quality.
  • Tracked construction waste, recycled and regional material content of materials, and VOC levels of construction materials.

Architect: IKM (project profile). Contractor: Volpatt Construction.