University of Pittsburgh Facilities Management

Design & Construction

Design Standards
  • FM continually develops and updates University design standards.
  • Standards are distributed electronically to professional design firms.
  • Standards stipulate many sustainable and/or energyconserving measures for both new construction and renovations.
  • Sustainable standards are marked with an identifying symbol.
Examples of Sustainable Design Standards:
  • Electronic ballasts and fixtures
  • No new incandescent lighting unless required for research
  • Direct Digital Controls (DDC) required for all mechanical system installations or upgrades.
  • All DDC controls must be tied into the campus energy management system.
  • Energy efficient control strategies
  • Occupancy sensors required for all new construction and renovations.
  • Low temperature transformers
  • University standard carpet installations must include a minimum of 25% recycled content.
  • Carpet adhesives contain no VOC.
  • The majority of paints qualify as Low VOC paints.
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Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

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Benedum Hall Renovation

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Chevron Science Center Annex

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Graduate School of Public Health Addition

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Salk Hall Addition

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Falk School Addition/Renovation

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Biomedical Science Tower 3

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Panther Hall

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