Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
OP-3: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.48 / 3.00 Illona Beresford
Senior Project Manager
Facilities Management
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space:
928,878 Square Feet

Floor area of eligible building space designed and built in accordance with published green building codes, policies, and/or rating systems:
Floor area
Certified at the highest achievable level under a multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Platinum or Certified Living Building) 0 Square Feet
Certified at the 2nd highest level under a 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Gold) 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., BREEAM Very Good) 0 Square Feet
Certified at a step above minimum level under ar 4- or 5-tier, multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Silver) 261,570 Square Feet
Certified at minimum level under a multi-attribute GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g., LEED BD+C Certified) 56,679 Square Feet
Certified/verified at any level under a multi-attribute, non-GBC rating system for design and construction, a green building code, or a single-attribute rating system for design and construction 0 Square Feet
Designed and built in accordance with a multi-attribute green building code, policy, guideline, or rating system, but not certified/verified 610,629 Square Feet
Designed and built in accordance with a single-attribute green building code, policy, guideline, or rating system, but not certified/verified 0 Square Feet
Total 928,878 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
34.26

A list of new construction and major renovation projects that indicates the green building code, policy/guideline, or rating system that applies to each building:

UNIVERSITY DESIGN MANUAL AND GUIDELINES

All University of Pittsburgh new construction and major renovation projects are built to high levels of green building standard as outlined in the University's Design Manual: https://www.fm.pitt.edu/design-manual.

Specifically, Division C of Pitt's Design Manual was significantly updated in October 2019, reflecting the University's range of sustainable design, construction, performance, and maintenance; at this time it was renamed "Division C: Architectural Design Guidelines for Sustainability, Products, and Materials," with sustainability both in its own section and embedded throughout. https://www.fm.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/pictures/Design_Manual/DiVISION_C_Divisions_02-14_Revised_20201210.docx.pdf. In Division C Section 018100, the University clearly states: “The University of Pittsburgh Project Design Sustainability Guidelines apply to all capital projects and are included in all Requests for Proposals issued for projects and referenced in contracts for professionals and construction managers,” then elucidating how Energy Use Intensity (EUI in kBTU/square foot/year), Water Use Intensity (WUI in gallons/square foot), and third-party green building rating system or certification goals are set for each project. Division C Section 018113 outlines some additional general sustainability design requirements for University of Pittsburgh projects, regardless of scale.

The University's energy and water performance guidelines and standards are provided in Division J (Mechanical) and K (Electrical) at the first link above. Division S is the University’s Sustainable Landscape Design Guidelines (last updated in 2018) and Division Y was created in 2019 to set “Guidelines for Restrooms, Showering Facilities, Locker Rooms and Lactation Rooms.”

UNIVERSITY LEED CERTIFIED BUILDINGS

The University of Pittsburgh currently has 14 LEED certified projects, 11 of which are on the Pittsburgh campus (and listed below). Projects certified in 2016 through 2020 are tracked above.

• Benedum Hall Phase 1 & 2a Renovations (LEED Gold, 2011 & Silver, 2016)
• Biomedical Sciences Tower – 12th Floor Renovations (LEED Gold, 2013)
• Chevron Science Center Annex (LEED Gold, 2013)
• Clapp Hall Renovations (LEED Silver, 2020)
• Graduate School of Public Health Addition (LEED Certified, 2018)
• McGowan Center for Regenerative Medicine (LEED Gold, 2005)
• Mark A. Nordenberg Hall (LEED Silver, 2009)
• Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (LEED Gold, 2012)
• Mid-Campus Research Complex – Nuclear Physics Lab (LEED Silver, 2014)
• Salk Hall Pavilion (LEED Silver, 2016)

UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS PURSUING LEED CERTIFICATION

The University of Pittsburgh currently has 11 additional projects pursuing LEED certification at various levels, 7 of which are on the Pittsburgh campus (and listed below). These projects are NOT accounted for in the square footages provided above but are summarized below for completeness of pursuit.

• Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) Renovations - Tracking LEED Certified
• Hillman Library Renovation – Tracking LEED Gold over multiple project phases (2 phases completed)
• Hillside Housing – Pursuing LEED certification (In design)
• Salk Hall Renovation - Tracking LEED Gold (Under construction)
• Scaife Hall Addition & Renovation - Tracking LEED Gold (Under construction)
• Recreation and Wellness Center - Tracking LEED Gold (In design)
• Peterson Sports Complex Addition – Tracking LEED Gold (Construction complete)


An inventory of new construction and major renovation projects that indicates the green building code, policy/guideline, or rating system that applies to each building:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s green building design and construction program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Pitt's LEED Building Summary: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/leed-buildings/

Pitt Facilities' Management's Sustainability webpage: https://www.fm.pitt.edu/sustainability

University of Pittsburgh's Design Manual, with sustainability guidelines embedded in Divisions C, J, K, S, and Y:
https://www.fm.pitt.edu/design-manual

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