Green Forge Office Building
The Westmoreland Conservation District charged us with transforming an unremarkable warehouse into a business incubator that would provide affordable commercial space for organizations with a commitment to sustainability and conservation. The project embodied the District's philosophy of conservation through the prudent reuse of the existing building and utilizing strategies such as energy efficient insulation, natural lighting, shading devices, a geothermal mechanical system, green roof and solar panels to offset some of the building's energy use.
"When the opportunity arose to do a complete 'green' retrofit of a mid-1980's mixed use commercial structure in Westmoreland County, they brought innovative ideas and comprehensive vision to the table. The result was the country's first green roof, the country's first permeable concrete parking lot, daylighting, and natural ventilation for previously bleak office space, and budget-friendly geothermal heating of 22,000 square feet of space. The GreenForge building continues to be an example to commercial development in our area."
Hydraulic Engineer, Westmoreland Conservation District