Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Receives National Award for Frick Environmental Center

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been awarded the 2019 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Plus award for its work on the Frick Environmental Center (FEC).

The award, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment, recognizes how successful each submitted project is at meeting its individual requirements mixed with an emphasis on design excellence.

The FEC is net-positive, achieving LEED Platinum certification and meeting the requirements of the rigorous Living Building Challenge. It is the first free and public, municipally-owned, Living Building-certified project in the country.

The FEC is the only project of the ten awardees to receive the ‘Plus’ award, highlighting its exemplary performance data and post-occupancy lessons. In addition to its certifications and net-positive status, the building is designed for net-positive water use by harvesting rainwater and diverting over 636,000 gallons of stormwater. It also processes its wastewater onsite.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson partnered with PJ Dick and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory to design and build the Center.

This is the third COTE Top Ten award given to a Pittsburgh-area project in the last four years and is Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s fourth COTE Top Ten Award.


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