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Sarah Heinz House celebrates $11.4M green expansion project with grand opening

Sarah Heinz House is celebrating its $11.4 million renovation and expansion project with a grand opening on Oct. 26th.

Located at one Heinz St., the facility features the Baierl Aquatics Center and Gymnasium which boast 24 skylights, a floor made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, views of Downtown, as well as “Black ‘n Gold” locker rooms, a robotics lab, fitness center, indoor/outdoor café, and dance studio.

The project was designed by Rothschild Doyno Architects in collaboration with sustainable design specialists William McDonough + Partners. Nearly doubling the organization’s campus, the 30,000 square-foot project is expected to receive a High LEED-Silver rating. “The neat thing about LEED, is that it’s not a done deal. We can continue to pursue sustainable endeavors and hopefully eventually receive gold or platinum certification,” says Stan Pittman, president of Sarah Heinz House. “I believe there’s only one other Boys and Girls Club that has attempted to do sustainable construction.” The organization recently hired a full-time environmental education director.

The opening gala, which will be attended by Teresa Heinz, will feature guided tours by teens from Sarah Heinz House’s Junior Hard Hat Team. “They went through the entire construction process, and can tell you all about the sustainable features and why we did it,” says Pittman, who plans to present the successful green model at national conferences.

Next up for the facility will be work on its surroundings. “As soon as we finish the landscaping and our branding and signage, we’ll start on the connectivities. We want the signage to alert people to the sustainable efforts that went into the building,” adds Pittman, who says that Sarah Heinz House will partner with other Northside organizations to create linkages between the new facility and riverfront areas.

Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Stan Pittman, Sarah Heinz House

Photograph copyright Jonathan Greene
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