Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s mission is to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants, advance sustainability and human and environmental wellbeing through action and research, and to celebrate its historic glass houses. The mission of the organization is evident in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). A restored brownfield is now a productive place that takes what it needs from what is available to it, and provides a healthy environment for life to thrive. True to the Phipps mission, the ongoing work at the CSL is based on recognizing vital and positive connections between people, plants, beauty, health, and focuses on awakening children to nature and encouraging sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

The CSL's goal to meet the Living Building Challenge helped create a building that, over course of the 2013 calendar year, demonstrated that it operates as net zero energy facility. Moving forward, the operations team continues to engage occupants into how the facility maintains a net zero energy status, and continues to actively monitor performance with constant feedback loops to operators and occupants.  


Center for Sustainable Landscapesat Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Status:                   Certified 'Living'
Date Certified:     12/3/13
Location:              Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Typology:             Building
Occupant Type:  Office, Art Gallery, Classroom, Landscape



Project Area:                                                        115,434 sf
Building Footprint:                                             10,700 sf
Start of construction:                                           11/2010
Start of Occupancy Period:                                 12/2012
Owner occupied:                                                        Yes
Number of occupants:                                                50
Number of visitors:                                    ~150 per day
Typical hours of operation:

M-Th, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm;  F, 8:30 am – 10:00 pm; Sa-Su, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm



Owner:                                        Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Geotechnical:                          Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC)
Civil:                                         Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC)
Landscape:                                                                                        Andropogon
Structural:                                                            Atlantic Engineering Services
Architectural:                                                    The Design Alliance Architects
Interior Design:                                                The Design Alliance Architects
MEP:                                                                                           CJL Engineering

Lighting Design:                                                                       CJL Engineering
Specialty Consultants:                                                          Evolve EA, 7group
Contractor:                                                                        Turner Construction