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The Design Pittsburgh People's Choice Award is your opportunity to weigh in on some of the recently designed (or redesigned) places and spaces in our community. Architecture is a part of our daily environment and we want to hear from you what good design means to you.
As you look through the projects submitted, ask yourself: Does the project inspire you? Would you enjoy spending time in that space? How does the project enhance or serve our community?
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, a non-profit organization that provides investment capital and grant making to spur the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency, purchased a vacant and decaying mid-block commercial building on US Route 6 in Kane PA. They committed to renovating the building to the EnerPHit standard to further their mission and demonstrate the strategies and skills needed to achieve Passive House Certification
The community embraced and supported the project from beginning to end. Local tradespeople were trained in the craft of creating and maintaining an air barrier and thermally broken envelope, plus several key team members earned their Passive House credentials.
The building currently houses a smoothie bar, offices, a business incubator, and community meeting rooms.
Six&Kane is the first EnerPHit Plus Certified Office Building in North America. Though a renovation, the building exceeds the criteria for Passive House Plus for new construction.
Category: Medium Architecture
Architecture Firm: Moshier Studio
Project Team: Gary Moshier, AIA; Emel Guner-Ekin, Assoc. AIA; Kevin Kenna, AIA
Client: 63 Fraley Street LLC
Contractor: Envinity, Norm Horn - Construction Manager
Engineers: Michael L. Norris &Associates, Inc, Michael Norris - MEP Engineer; Brace Engineering, Inc Dave Brace - Structural Engineer
Photographer: West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund
Affiliated Architect: Inscale Architects, Donna Zariczny - Associated Architect
Consultants: Rick Eckstrom - Thermal Bridge Modeling; CertiPHiers Cooperative, Tad Everhart - Passive House Certifier