Carson Retirement Residence / Sarah Street Apartments
IAS - Pittsburgh
Arch 1 - San Diego
a.m. Rodriguez Associates
This 99-unit project is located on Pittsburgh's South Side, and was designed to both be in keeping with the period style architecture of the surrounding neighborhood and to provide an intergenerational environment for seniors and families.
This brownfield former industrial site required careful staging due to limited lay down areas. Existing underground foundations created obstructions that required over excavation and and compaction. Poor soil conditions required extensive prep work for the new foundations. Hazardous materials were present on the site, and required remediation to comply with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Regulations.
Energy efficiency was a key requirement of this project. The Carson Street building was constructed of precast plank and insulated concrete formed walls. At the time, it was the largest building in Pennsylvania built using this method. This type of construction provides exceptionally high insulation and sound qualities (STC values) for the building. Other measures such as high-efficiency water source heat pumps and boilers, Low-E glazing, and low-voc paints and adhesives were some of the items that contributed to this being a 'greener' project.