On Dec. 1,
The Green Building Alliance
will host a tour of the new Shadyside Giant Eagle
located at 5550 Centre Avenue. Led by Marc Mondor, the project’s green building consultant, the tour will spotlight the supermarket’s sustainable design features and technologies, such as skylights and air quality sensors.
The tour is rare opportunity for people to visit the store’s 12,000 sf vegetated roof, the largest of its kind in Pittsburgh. In a University of Pittsburgh
and 3 Rivers Wet Weather
study, the green roof represents a local example of nationwide research to monitor water, temperature, weather and solar absorption.
“Giant Eagle isn't afraid to try new things—they’re a very well run company,” says Mondor, principal at evolveEA
. The 79,000 square-foot market was designed by a team that included McCormick Architects
and Mascaro Construction
Among its numerous energy saving strategies are photometric skylights that dim fluorescent bulbs in relation to natural lighting. A filtration system brings cleaner air into the building, and all housekeeping products are Green Seal
compliant. The store provides cooking oil to Steel City Biofuels
for use as an alternative energy source.
The project hopes to obtain LEED-CI
(Commercial Interiors) certification, becoming the nation’s second market of its kind, says Mondor who worked on the Brunswick, Ohio Giant Eagle—the world’s first LEED-certified supermarket. Mondor is also working with Giant Eagle to green its GetGo
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Mark Mondor, evolveEAImage courtesy of evolveEA