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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 Carina is an adaptive reuse of the existing school wings of the B’Nai Israel Synagogue into a 45-unit affordable multi-family project. The existing structure, located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, was converted from a 2-story to a 4-story structure. The project is unique that that exterior facades of the Synagogue additions were salvaged while the interior was completely demolished in order to provide new building infrastructure for the new residential use.
The project was Passive House design certified under PHUIS+2018, and was also designed to meet 2015 Enterprise Green Communities, The Home Energy Rating System (HERS), and Energy Star Multi-Family High-Rise Program (MFHR).
Category: Large Architecture
Architecture Firm: Desmone
Project Team: Rebecca Lowe, AIA; Chip Desmone, AIA; Terry Oden, AIA; Angela Baehr, AIA; Aaron Kulik; Ryan Croyle, AIA; Courtney Singley
Client: Beacon Communities
Contractor: Mistick Construction, Clint Myers - General Contractor
Engineers: Atlantic Engineers, Angelo Maione - Structural Engineer; Staengl Engineering, Chris Fuller - MEP Engineer; FMG, Brian Almeter - Civil Engineer;
Photographer: Ed Massery
Landscape Architect: Paskek + MTR, Sara Thompson - Landscape Architect
Consultants: Passive to Positive, Michael Hindle - Passive House Consultant; Clio Consulting, Angelique Bamberg - Historic Consultant