Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Pittsburgh, PA
United States
Project Size: 
2.9 acres
Project type: 
Open Space- Garden
Site Context: 
Former Land Use: 
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Broadleaf & Mixed Forests
Project overview: 

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was designed to be the first project in the world to simultaneously achieve LEED Platinum, SITES four-star certification, and The Living Building Challenge. Built on a previously paved-over city maintenance yard and documented brownfield, the nearly 3-acre site supports a new 24,350-square foot education, research, and administrative building; manages all sanitary waste and a 10-year storm event on site using a range of green infrastructure strategies; has successfully reintroduced 150 native plant species; and is designed to be net-zero energy and water. The CSL is open to the public and its building and landscape performance is being extensively researched and monitored to inform the design and construction of similar projects that restore ecosystem services, generate their own energy, and clean and re-use their own waste water.

photo by Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Project Team
  • Owner: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Architect: The Design Alliance
  • Landscape Architect: Andropogon Associates
  • MEP: CJL
  • Civil Engineer: CEC
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction