Allegheny’s Carr Hall Earns Master Builders’ Award for Excellence

March 5, 2013 — The Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania presented Allegheny College with the Award for Excellence in Design-Build on February 28 in an awards ceremony at Heinz Field. Allegheny received the award for recent renovations to Carr Hall. The MBA Building Excellence Awards are the highest commercial construction industry awards in Western Pennsylvania.

Present to receive the award were seven members of the design-build team: Brian Gillette, assistant director of physical plant at Allegheny College; Steven Massaro, vice president, Todd Bookwalter, project manager, and Dave Williamson, project superintendent, with Massaro Corporation; Kevin Wagstaff, project architect with Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goetell Architects; Jim Kosinski, design engineer, Tower Engineering; and Jan Loney, the artist who designed and built in the Carr Hall lobby a 40 x 8 foot art installation made from recycled materials.

Earlier this year, the renovation of Carr Hall, which houses the Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science, achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Gold certification recognizes the renovation’s exceptional use of sustainable materials, including those with recycled content, rapidly renewable fibers and a cradle-to-cradle manufacturing model; healthy indoor air quality; unique indoor landscaping, a living wall and aquaponics systems; extensive daylighting from solar tubes and skylights; and significant energy savings due to building envelope improvements, heat recovery techniques and energy-efficient lighting.

The Richard J. Cook Center opened in August as the new home for Allegheny College’s Department of Environmental Science, one of the oldest and most respected environmental science programs in the country.

Carr Hall is also Allegheny College’s showcase project for the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge, which the college joined in 2011. Allegheny was among only seven colleges and universities nationwide to join the challenge, through which Allegheny will reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020 in 1.3 million square feet of building space across their campus.