What Is Next for Sustainable Design?

What Is Next for Sustainable Design?
Sep 13, 2012
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What Is Next for Sustainable Design?_01 Mendler_02 For Chatham University, Mithun is designing multiple buildings, complete with interiors and landscape, for the new Eden Hall campus near Pittsburgh. Home to the university's School of Sustainability and Environment, the campus will include a residence lodge designed to be energy positive—generating more energy with geothermal wells, energy generating exercise equipment, and building photovoltaic systems than is needed for operation. Construction of this residence lodge will begin in 2013. 

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What Is Next for Sustainable Design?_02 Mendler_03 At Chatham University, an existing barn will be converted into a multipurpose lecture hall with an indoor/outdoor stage. A "Pittsburgh steel" support structure will be installed to augment the barn's existing wood superstructure. The remainder of the wood barn structure and siding is preserved on the interior.

Rendering courtesy of Mithun
What Is Next for Sustainable Design?_03 Mendler_01 Adjacent to a multipurpose lecture hall, a new EcoCenter will be constructed. All campus buildings are being designed by Mithun to a net-zero energy standard with individual buildings slated for LEED® platinum, Living Building, or Passive House certifications.

Rendering courtesy of Mithun
What Is Next for Sustainable Design?_04 Mendler_04 Sandy Mendler, AIA, a nationally recognized expert on sustainable design, has been a principal in the San Francisco office of Mithun since 2008. She was previously a senior vice president and design principal at HOK.