Strip District Going Green
You could be forgiven if green is not the first color that comes to mind when you think of the Strip District. For a long time only green you’d find in our gritty industrial urban neighborhood was found at the produce stands. All of that is starting to change as more ecologically minded projects happening in the Strip District. From LEED certified and LEED standard buildings to green infrastructure projects the Strip District is going green.
Along with more conventional work like the Butcher Company‘s work to separate storm water from sewage in and beyond their development along the Allegheny River the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) which calls the Strip District home recently closed the application window on their second set of green infrastructure grants that included small mini-grants and larger construction related grants for green infrastructure projects.
One of the projects that the PWSA grant will help fund is a storm water management system that the Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health will incorporate into their expansion project which they’re also seeking LEED certification on. The architects on the project are the Strip District’s own Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. The Midwife Center’s Executive Director Christine Haas expects the project to not only help treat storm water from the property but to serve as an educational example to the 5,000 or so visitors that come to the Midwife Center’s birth and women’s health services.
The Strip is home to a number of LEED certified buildings and to developments that were built to LEED standards. One of the newest to open is The Yards at 3 Crossings. These 300 beautiful apartments built on the banks of the Allegheny River were built to LEED Silver standards. They join recently built buildings such as the Homewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel and the Heinz History Center’s Museum Conservation Center. The Museum Conservation Center joins the 2005 History Center expansion that itself was built to LEED Silver standards.
Neighbors couldn’t be more proud of the green projects that are happening in the Strip District and what they mean to the future of the neighborhood.