Sustainable Material

  • 8.5% of the materials contain post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content
  • Recycled materials include: steel, aluminum and glass in the skylight, concrete rebar in the walls, floor and roof, steel studs, dry wall, and ceiling tile
  • Refrigeration and fire suppression systems use no Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) or halons, which contribute to ozone depletion
  • Low- and no volatile organic compound (VOC) materials were used in construction, including paints, adhesives, carpet, and substrates, creating a safer work environment
  • Environmentally-friendly paints, adhesives, sealants, carpets, and woods are used throughout the facility
  • 24% of building materials were manufactured regionally within 500 miles
  • Local materials include steel, concrete, limestone, block and bricks; of these materials, 22% were extracted, harvested or recovered within 500 miles
  • Leftover materials donated to Construction Junction, a Pittsburgh-based retail store for used and surplus building materials
  • FSC-certified wood used in construction
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  • During construction, 96.74% of construction waste was diverted from landfills through efficient site design, recycling and reuse
  • Sustainable and innovative materials and finishes applied throughout the building and site
  • Rigorous vetting process guided sourcing materials compliant with Living Building Challenge Red List, which identifies for elimination material components that negatively impact the environment and/or people exposed to them
  • Materials include those that are locally produced, low VOC and formaldehyde free; have high recycled content; and are highly durable with long service lives and ease-of-maintenance
  • Wood salvaged from deconstructed Western Pennsylvania barns for exterior building skin
  • All interior wood furniture reclaimed and/or FSC certified