The Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

With the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) – a 24,350 square foot education, research, and administration facility which opened in December 2012 – Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks to reveal the important connections between human health and ecological health. The project challenges the perceived mutual exclusivity between built and natural environments with a design that is sensitive to nature while meeting the highest standards in well-being for all occupants and visitors.

The CSL is the first institution worldwide to achieve WELL Platinum Pilot Certification – the highest rating awarded by the International WELL Building Institute. Built on a remediated brownfield site and seamlessly integrated into the guest experience at Phipps — a 120-year-old institution with 300,000-plus annual visitors — the CSL, which was also designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and 4 Stars Sustainable SITES, is uniquely positioned to demonstrate the highest standard for creating spaces and communities that are healthier, richer and more supportive of all life.

Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.