Sota Construction Eden Hall Campus, Phase 1A


Chatham University

Chatham University’s new Eden Hall campus, situated on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, will be home to the Falk School of Sustainability. Once completed, it will be the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for sustainable living, learning and development. All buildings have been designed to meet net-zero standards, with individual building certifications for LEED Platinum, Passive House, and Living Building Challenge.


The first phase of construction includes a café, an outdoor amphitheater, two field labs, a hoop house that uses solar heat to grow plants through the winter, and an aquaculture lab used to raise tilapia fish that will also provide fertilizer for the campus.


Additional sustainable features include:


·  Eight geothermal wells

·  A photovoltaic canopy including 240 PV panels, part of a total 408 panels in this first phase

·  A 50,000 gallon rainwater storage tank that collects rainwater from building rooftops

·  A mosaic-style garden and constructed wetlands with cattails which are part of an on-site water treatment system

·  Plus, over 280 trees planted in this phase alone



Photos courtesy of Chatham University.