Pittsburgh Glass Center

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Pittsburgh Glass Center

Owner: Pittsburgh Glass Center

Size: 18,500 Square Feet

Location: Friendship Neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA

Completion Date: 2002

Green Building Certifications: LEED-NC Gold

Building Overview: The Pittsburgh Glass Center is dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. Located in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the building is of an adaptive reuse of an existing structure and an addition of new construction, totaling 18,500 square feet.

Project Details:

  • Building heated by recovery of waste heat from the "hot glass" process equipment using a continuous water loop system.
  • Heating and cooling systems include use of heat recovery ventilators, heat pumps, radiant floor heating, and 100% capacity fresh air economizers.
  • The mechanical system is controlled with a Direct Digital Control system, with a plan in place for monitoring and verification that will allow the Glass Center to adjust systems to optimize energy conservation.
  • The project process includes full energy modeling and "Best Practice" systems commissioning, as well as extensive peer reviews and value engineering including the participation of LEED-accredited professionals.
  • Occupancy sensors are included in the lighting controls for all spaces not regularly occupied.
  • The gallery space, which uses the greatest watts per square foot in terms of electric use, has lighting controls that adjust to its occupancy. When visitors to the exhibit are not present, light controls reduce the number of lights on, and automatically switch back to full lighting when sensors determine that visitors have entered the space.