ROBERT J. KOBET, AIA, LEED Faculty, CEO - Green Project Library

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Pine Jog Elementary School
2008
West Palm Beach, Florida
USA, North America

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
2008
West Palm Beach, Florida
USA, North America

Minimum Energy Building Olympic Village
2008
Beijing,
China, Asia

Pittsburgh Children's Museum
2004
Pittsburgh, PA
US, North America

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
2002
Pittsburgh, PA
USA, North America

Pittsburgh Glass Center
2001
Pittsburgh, PA
USA, North America

CCI Center
1999
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
USA, North America

Central European Linkages Project (CELP)
1998
Czech Republic and Poland, Europe

Three Sisters Bioshelter
1988
Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania
USA, North America

Beechwood Farms Nature Center
1988
Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania
USA, North America

Filmtronics Incorporated
1981
Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
USA, North America

Beechwood Farms Nature Center

Client: Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania

Partner: The Design Alliance

Size: 8000 Sq. Ft. / 744 Sq. Meters


Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is the headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

The Beechwood Farms Nature Center is one of the premier environmental centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The two story structure is a super insulated, passive solar building which features fully day lit spaces, natural ventilation through a central cupola, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, heat recovery ventilation, composting toilets and water conserving fixtures. The building's 2.2 kW photovoltaic array and 10 kW wind generator supply part of its electrical needs.

The site is a chemical free zone. The finishes are non toxic with emphasis on those with high recycled content. Classrooms are designed to be very flexible and have direct connections to the trail system and the shade trellis.

Beechwood Farms enjoys an extensive relationship with area schools as part of their environmental education outreach programs.The building is designed to show how natural forces act on architecture and how how the built environment impacts the natural world, affecting our health and general well being.

 

 


Awards

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Award for Environmental Stewardship

Beechwood Farms Nature Center - South Elevation Beechwood Farms Nature Center Interior


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