(PITTSBURGH) February 13, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that students from Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh have registered to compete in the City’s Green Central Student Design Competition, and invited more students to register by the Feb. 20 deadline. Launched in mid-January, the Competition invites Pittsburgh’s college students to redesign the City-County Building’s sixth-floor corridor into Pittsburgh’s first one-stop-shop for green- and sustainability-related information, or “Green Central.” The announcement comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu’s visit last week, which announced the start of a handful of energy-efficient building improvements to the historic City-County Building.
“Green Central will be a great asset as we ‘green’ our City-County Building,” Ravenstahl said. “By engaging our universities’ talented students, the innovative hub will supply residents with information and resources to help them be an active part of Pittsburgh’s growing leadership in sustainability.”
Seven registrants, including two teams and one individual, have registered to compete so far. Students may participate independently or in teams. Faculty and staff members may also register classes or groups. All participants must be active full- or part-time members of a post-secondary school in the City of Pittsburgh through the duration of the competition. Additional registration information and forms are available at pittsburghpa.gov/green.
Green Central will encourage education on issues of sustainable development among college students, and connect students to local government while dissolving the gap between residents and accessible information needed to jumpstart their greening projects. The City-County Building’s sixth floor corridor is currently an open space serving multiple City departments. With the help of talented students, it will be transitioned into an accessible communications center.
Students will work within a $25,000 budget, provided by the Mayor's Green Trust Fund. As a hub for all things green, the corridor’s redesign will be based on green efficiency. Students’ designs must incorporate recycling pick-up and drop-off bins, be mindful of the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and incorporate usage of sustainable materials (e.g. low VOC paints, recycled plastics or metals, LED lighting, motion sensors to reduce run time on electronic equipment). Historical elements such as marble flooring, wall siding, embellishment on elevators and molding must remain a part of the design. When completed, Green Central will provide information pamphlets, posters, resource guides, educational information, photos, program applications and other information supporting economic development, environmental protection and social awareness and action.
Students are required to submit design plans and details, model images and a narrative describing their project’s elements and methods. They are also responsible for completing a $25,000 sustainable interior renovation and design budget. Since students may have different levels of experience and knowledge with aspects of sustainable design, three local businesses are hosting workshops to help level the playing field.
Massaro CM Services, LLC will host a workshop on budget planning for green projects to focus on creating a project budget for a green or LEED project versus a regular project. Artemis Environmental will host a workshop and tour on green products, material options and the importance and benefits of their use in interior building projects. The Green Building Alliance will host a workshop on creating green interiors, LEED Interior Design + Constructions and becoming a LEED GA.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687