Chatham University to Start Construction on Green Academic Community

Chatham University has broken ground on the Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning. Located in Richland on a 400-acre site once called Eden Hall Farm, the facility will be the second residential college campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and the first university in Northern Allegheny County. The institution has hired world-renowned Andropogon and BNIM to develop the Eden Hall master plan, while architecture firm Mithun will be in charge of building design. The project consists of an estimated $40 million investment in a carbon neutral, zero-net energy facility that will include high performance green buildings and the latest in sustainable land, energy, and water management techniques.

Chatham University has broken ground on the Eden Hall Campus, the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable development, living, and learning.

Located in Richland on a 400-acre site once called Eden Hall Farm, the facility will be the second residential college campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and the first university in Northern Allegheny County. The institution has hired world-renowned Andropogon and BNIM to develop the Eden Hall master plan, while architecture firm Mithun will be in charge of building design.

The project consists of an estimated $40 million investment in a carbon neutral, zero-net energy facility that will include high performance green buildings and the latest in sustainable land, energy, and water management techniques. The construction of field laboratories, classrooms, a café, an amphitheater, a mosaic garden and infrastructure will be complete by fall 2013. A dining facility and two residence halls with 150 beds are also included in the project. The structures are scheduled for completion in 2015.

“Eden Hall is a campus like no other—a next generation living laboratory where students will not only study sustainability, but be immersed in it,” said Chatham President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. “This remarkable campus will be a model of advanced sustainability, a place of stunning beauty, and strengthen Pittsburgh’s continued leadership in green innovation and buildings.”

Chatham University has also announced the receipt of a $7.5 million contribution from Richard King Mellon Foundation for its new campus, the largest donation to date since the original land gift offered by the Eden Hall Foundation.

Chatham University has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the U.S. and Canada. It was founded in 1869 and is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Over the past decade the university registered the fastest growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region.

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