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Local architecture firms NK Architecture and Thoughtful Balance Architecture with Sota Construction Services, Inc. are among those making Pittsburgh a national center for high performance buildings. Excellent op-ed by NK's Brandon Nichols, AIA.
We love sharing awesome news, and the LEED Platinum certification of the beautiful and singular Chatham University Eden Hall Campus is of the most awesome kind! This labor of love and ingenuity could not have been possible without the visionary minds and standout talents of the whole project team! Congratulations to everybody, especially Chatham University, on your amazing efforts! Here's to a brighter, greener future!
The Passive House Institute US has pre-certified the Morningside Crossing project in Pittsburgh! The project, designed by NK Architects and Thoughtful Balance Architecture for A.M. Rodriguez, is being built by Sota Construction Services, Inc.
Morningside Crossing takes an abandoned 1897 elementary school and its 1929 addition, retrofits them to the Passive House standard, adds a new Passive House wing, and offers up the whole thing as affordable housing for seniors
Check out this awesome video about how America, and our very own city, is embracing Passivhaus techniques in construction more and more.
Our next big Passivhaus project, Morningside Crossing, makes a few cameos, too, around the five minute mark.
Please take a few minutes to learn about this unqiue and mindful building technique that Sota Construction is proud to build and support.
Congratulations to the entire project team at the Fallingwater Visitor Center Restroom Renovation for receiving a Certificate of Merit in the 2017 AIA Design Pittsburgh Interior Architecture category. A unique renovation in a singular place!
From AIA Pittsburgh's award page:
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE Certificate of Merit
PROJECT NAME: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC): Fallingwater Visitor Center Restroom Renovation
CLIENT: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
ARCHITECTURE FIRM: Pfaffmann + Associates
DESIGN TEAM: Rob Pfaffmann, FAIA; Greg George; Dori Tompa; Jared Pohl
ENGINEERS: Iams Consulting, LLC
CONTRACTORS: Sota Construction Services, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Massery Photography, Inc.
INTENT: Constructed in 1980, the visitors center was designed to be mindful of Fallingwater while not conflicting with it. The resulting octagonal pavilions are ecologically sensitive—floating lightly in their forest landscape—but the restroom pod offered limited amenities and access and a dated aesthetic after nearly 35 years of use. The redesign, fit within the existing form, is functionally accommodating and visually inviting. Natural light casts shadows that change throughout the day and with the seasons. A back-lit, translucent wall embedded with birch branches brings the natural rhythms of surrounding stands of oak, hemlock and rhododendron into what was once a mundane, disconnected space.
JURY COMMENTS: The project transforms a utilitarian bathroom configuration into an interior space of quality, with great light and materiality. Said one juror: “There is monumentality in this very small, simple space. There is a rooted-ness to it – like a bathroom Louis Kahn would have designed.”
Sota Construction is excited to officially announce we've broken ground on the next awesome adapative reuse in Pittsburgh. As part of the project team with a.m. Rodriguez Associates and NK Architects, the former Morningside Elementary School will be transformed with the addition of two new wings to accommodate 46 senior 1- and 2-br apartments and the new Morningside Community Center. Funded in part by LIHTC credits, 39 of the units will be affordable housing to seniors. When completed, the new Morningside Crossing will also be Passive House-certified. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates as this project begins its incredible transformation!
Sota Construction not only won an Award of Merit for the awesome Falconhurst Apartment project in Wilkinsburg, but we were surprised and thrilled to learn we were also chosen as ABC of Western PA's 2016 General Contractor of the Year. Thank you to all of our amazing project teams who help us be the best we can be.
Here's to another year of amazing projects in our beautiful city of Pittsburgh!
Exciting news to share as the doors have officially opened for the University of Pittsburgh's Manufacturing Assistance Center in its relocated home at 7800 Susquehanna Street, a unique business complex in the Homewood neighborhood.
Is that our very own Wayne Yancec, superintendent extraordinaire, pictured in the article?
Congratulations to the construction team as we continue yet another phase of this incredible repurposing an old manufacturing facility!
You can read more about this awesome venue here.
We are proud to announce that the mold-breaking Chatham University Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, PA, has received the prestigious honor of being called a 2017 COTE Top Ten project by The American Institute of Architects. As the industry’s premier program celebrating sustainable design excellence, AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Projects from all across the country must conform to COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value, which makes this achievement more exciting. Truly, these projects are unparalleled for their accomplishments, and Sota is thrilled to have been a part of the team that brought this new Chatham campus to life.
We congratulate Chatham University, Mithun, Inc., Rothschild Doyno, and all the other incredible team members and subcontractors who helped breathe new life into this former dairy farm.
Sota Construction Services is proud to celebrate the launch of our new website! In addition to better reflecting our company's personality, we are taking strides to offer the latest and best practices in the construction industry to keep up with our mission of providing Total Quality Construction™ to our customers.
As a part of our new collaborative project management system, Red Team Software, we will be able to streamline the bidding process on our Bidding & Employment page, and new subcontractors interested in working with us are invited to complete our Request for Qualifications form there to be added to our bidders list for future projects. Also on our Bidding & Employment page, we now offer the ability to download our job application.
Connecting with us has never been easier with the addition of our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages as well as the new Contact Us form.
We hope you enjoy our new look, and we look forward to better serving our clients and colleagues.