The Uptown Lofts are a unique mixed-income housing project in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, which was chosen by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for its inaugural Innovation in Design Award, recognizing its energy efficiency, commitment to underserved populations, and its role as part of a broader vision for the neighborhood.
FortyEighty Architecture of Pittsburgh, the firm that designed the project, was looking for a rainscreen cladding support system that could be installed completely on the outside of the sheathing air barrier, maximizing the continuous insulation and minimizing thermal bridging.
ach will be three stories and 30,000 square feet but designed to different energy codes: one designed to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)’s criteria of 10% better than Energy Star; the other will receive Passive House certification (PHIUS+), which mandates it be built airtight with heat recovery ventilation. This is estimated to reduce heating energy consumption by 60 percent per square foot per year.
Westview Water Authority
In collaboration with Bankson Engineers, Inc., The Hayes Design Group designed a series of buildings housing water treatment facilities for the West View Water Authority.
For the administration building’s façade, a cladding combination of metal panels and concrete masonry block was employed. Knight Wall’s CI® System, in conjunction with Dow® Thermax rigid insulation, was used to support the Centria metal panel installation, which comprised approximately two thirds of the building envelope.
Tepper School of Business @ Carnegie Mellon
The project, which is expected to cost a total of $201 million, will house a new university welcome center, the Tepper School of Business, the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and technology-enhanced learning initiatives. It also will offer many quality-of-life enhancements for the campus community, including meeting and collaboration spaces, a 600-seat auditorium, fitness center and dining facilities, according to CMU.
Moore, Reuble, Yudell Architects and Planners were the executive designers of the Tepper Building while Pittsburgh firm Renaissance 3 served the local architects. The building utilizes PROSOCO's VB fluid-applied air/vapor barrier on the exterior gypsum sheathing.
The project is part of the $450 million Riverfront Landing residential and office development that Buncher has proposed for 37 acres of prime Allegheny waterfront between Veterans Bridge and 21st Street. In all, Buncher is hoping to develop more than 750 units on the property, most of which is now used for parking.
NRP’s complex is expected to feature a mix of high-end studios and one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. They will be wrapped around a six-story, 460-space parking garage in the interior of the complex that will not be visible from the street.
Frick Environmental Center - Fluid Applied Air Barrier
The Frick Environmental Center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building that is engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge.
The architect specified PROSOCO's CAT-5 premium fluid-applied air barrier. CAT-5 has no "Red List" chemicals in it as defined by the International Living Future Institute. Therefore, it was a perfect product to use for this state-of-the-art facility.
Office Building - Decorative Epoxy
Euclid Chemical's Metal FX epoxy system was used to coat the bare concrete floor of this office building. The rich, deep blues are achieved by mixing the special blend of metallic pigments with the tough-as-nails epoxy coating. The result is a floor that not only looks great, but has a higher chemical and abrasion resistance.
Port Authority Light Rail Rehabilitation
The Port Authority used Euclid's Dural 435 Elastomeric Grout to re-set the rails used on the light rail rehabilitation. Using an elastomeric grout can provide both strength and vibration dampening for this application.
Retail Warehouse Floor
A national retailer utilized several Euclid Chemical products on the recent construction of a new 100,000+ sq. ft. retail warehouse location. The floor needed to be tough and durable as it was designed to withstand forklift traffic and heavy pallet loading. They used the following:
Surflex- a non-metallic dry shake floor hardener that increases the abrasion resistance of the surface of a concrete slab.
Enviro Klean® DriKlean is a gentle but powerful rinseless cleaning solution designed for interior spaces where traditional liquid cleaners can’t go. Spray, roll or brush it onto limestone, sandstone, marble, travertine, plaster, terra cotta, concrete, mortar or brick to safely remove dust, soot, oils and other surface soiling. The cleaner and soiling is easily peeled off after drying.
Photos Courtesy of T. Joseph Masonry (pittsburgh, PA)