Sustainable Objective and Realization

Primary Objectives

Integrated Approach

ENERGY

Reduce energy consumption and operational costs.

 

MATERIALS

Maximize the use of sustainable materials.

 

AIR QUALITY

Minimize negative impacts on IAQ.

 

PRODUCTIVITY

Improve the health, motivation, and productivity of human occupants.

 

The integrated design approach is accomplished through an interative process that invites the client, builder, designers, consultants, and community members, as appropriate, to participate in a focused and collaborative design effort, known as a "Charrette". The purpose of this collaborative design team and design process is to provide for a rich exchange of ideas and information that allows truly integrated solutions to evolve. This forum and methodology encourages every team member to cross polinate the process with solutions to problems that may relate to, but are not typically addressed by, their specialty. The objective is to have every member of this collborative design team understand the issues that the other members need to address.

 

The integrated design approach is accomplished through an interative process that invites the client, builder, designers, consultants, and community members, as appropriate, to participate in a focused and collaborative design effort, known as a "Charrette". The purpose of this collaborative design team and design process is to provide for a rich exchange of ideas and information that allows truly integrated solutions to evolve. This forum and methodology encourages every team member to cross polinate the process with solutions to problems that may relate to, but are not typically addressed by, their specialty. The objective is to have every member of this collborative design team understand the issues that the other members need to address.

 

Principles of Integrated Design

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

Consider the Building as an Organism

Design Decisions have a Holistic, non-linear impact

Downsizing or Eliminating Systems is possible.

 

INTEGRATION TOOLS

Energy Modeling

Daylight Modeling

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis

Materials Analysis and Impacts.

 

Core Architects Pittsburgh

Experience and Realization

LEED & Golden Globes

Peter F. Szymanski, AIA, LEED BD+C, GGP is the Sustainability Manager for Core Architects. Mr. Szymanski has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2003 and became a Golden Globes Professional in 2014. While employed by two of the region's largest A/E firms, and subsequently joining Core Architects llc, he has been involved with the design of more than a dozen LEED registered Projects and has been responsible for the final submission and certification of 5 LEED Projects.

 

With an intimate knowlege and passion for sustainable, integrated design, Mr. Szymanski is an expert at documenting LEED and Golden Globe credits; and at improving the certification status of susatinable projects. He thoroughly understands the reasoning and intent of United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Credit Interpretations. He is one of a handful of architects in the profession to have achieved Gold Level Certification for multiple buildings. While employed by LR Kimball, Mr. Szymanski submitted and obtained the first ever LEED Certification awarded to an athletic field project: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, Penn State University's new baseball stadium.

 

Core Architects Pittsburgh
Core Architects Pittsburgh

LEED Project Experience

Sustainable Components Used

Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School - Tracking LEED Gold

McKeesport Primary/Intermediate School - Targeted LEED Gold

Penn State Wrestling and Fitnss Center - LEED Gold*

Penn State Medlar Field at Lubrano Park - LEED Certified*

Licking County Career Technical School - LEED Silver*

PPS South Construction Technology Center - Targeted LEED Silver*

Harrisburg Area Community College - LEED Gold*

ALCOSAN Operations & Maintenance Building-Targeted LEED Silver*

Heinz History Center - LEED Silver**

UPMC John G. Rangos Research Center LEED Silver**

UPMC Childrens Hospital -LEED Silver**

Adlai Stevenson Elementary School - Targeted LEED Silver*

Holiday Park Elementary School - Targeted LEED Silver*

Pivik Elementary School - Targeted LEED Silver*

 

Geothermal and Hybrid-Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

Robust Thermal Envelope Systems

Storm Water Infiltration and Rain Gardens

Structural Thermal Efficient Panel Systems

Rain Water Harvesting (Cistern) Systems

Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures and Waterless Urinals

Integrated Advanced Lighting Controls

Wind Turbine Generating Systems

Solar Panels

Daylighting

Optimized Building Orientation

Recycled, Renewable, and Local Materials

 

* Indicates Project on which Peter F. Szymanski, AIA, LEED AP was LEED Manager, Coordinator, or Sustainable Design Contributor while employed by LR Kimball, who was Architect of Record

 

** Indicates Project on which Peter F. Szymanski, AIA, LEED AP was LEED Manager, Coordinator, or Sustainable Design Contributor while employed by Astorino, who was Architect of Record