Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Carlow Targets 1970s-Era Grace Library

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Carlow Targets 1970s-Era Grace Library

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Most of the buildings on Carlow University's Oakland campus were built between 1930 and the 1960s, and they look like it.

"A lot of these buildings look like their original construction," said Drew Wilson, a university spokesman. "Windows have changed in most of them, and some roofs, but other than that, that's probably it."

Now, as part of an effort to cut its energy use, the campus hopes to modernize. Carlow is one of several institutions in Oakland to join Pittsburgh's 2030 District, composed of organizations that have pledged to reduce their energy use 50 percent by 2030.

Carlow's decision to join the initiative comes in tandem with the renovation of its Grace Library Building, an 82,500-square-foot property built in 1970. The construction project, announced in April and expected to cost $15.7 million, will create a multipurpose space called University Commons to hold classrooms, offices and the campus bookstore.

Planning for the renovation was already underway when the 2030 initiative approached Carlow about participating, and Tim Carney, the university's director of facilities, said the goals of both projects aligned.

"Collaborating with the community on green issues seemed like a logical next step," he said.

Administrators hope the building will earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the end of construction next summer. LEED certification is a nationally recognized assessment of energy design.

The renovation will upgrade the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to make them more efficient, Mr. …

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