The redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site seeks to be a sustainable new development in an urban context. The vital components of a sustainable design are not limited to buildings and site work but consider impacts to the broader community context. The goal of a sustainability is threefold – to reduce pollution, conserve energy and resources and to enhance natural and human systems. The approach to achieving a sustainable community in the former Civic Arena redevelopment has three parts:
- Develop the site in accordance with LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) as a minimum requirement
- Establish sustainable, progressive stormwater management strategies and requirements
- Pursue a broad program of community benefits through the the Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP) encompassing the utilization of minority and women owned business, local job creation, wealth building, a variety of housing options and celebrating the unigue history and legacy of the site and community.
The Pittsburgh Penguins convened a group of community leaders and stakeholders to discuss the opportunities and state-of-the art practices for the sustainable development of the site. The results of the stakeholder effort are included in reports accessible through this website and have been synthesized into the Preliminary Land Development Plan as both requirements and goals. The opportunity to implement many of the recommendations will be a apart of the ongoing development of the site and will require the continued communication and collaboration with agencies, developers, industry and stakeholders to realize.
Sustainability Stakeholder Working Group Presentation
Materials selection will be largely determined through the approvals process of the developer's final land development plan (FLDP). The PLDP, via the efforts of the materials sub-group committee, has taken the proactive step to provide a listing of permitted / prohibited materials recommendations in the PLDP document as detailed in section 4.3 and 5.5 of the PLDP document
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The PLDP establishes both a minimum baseline recommendation for storm-water capture, retention, and quality. The sustainable strategies for the project are categorized as pertaining to the public right of way, urban open spaces, or private development blocks. Within the public right of way and in urban open spaces, the PLDP calls for the use of permeable pavement, water collection basins, tree pits, and native plantings among others. Private developers will be encouraged to utilize green roofs, permeable pavement, and native plantings within the development blocks.
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The sustainability sub-group's recommendations for energy conservation focused on determining the feasibility of a District Energy Plant (DEP) on the property that would provide both heating and cooling for all building built on the site. The feasibility studies concluded that the DEP was not feasible at this time due to lack of required energy loads to support the infrastructure required to build the system. The development team is currently exploring creative strategies to partner with potential users in the area of the site who could enhance the load and therefore improve DEP feasibility. The infrastructure design plans for the site are able to accommodate DEP infrastructure should a DEP system become feasible in the future. Other systems including solar will also be explored in the future and the current design plans do not prohibit such uses.
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The sustainability recommendations specific to the transportation plan center around promotion of multi-modalism, thus reducing the reliance on vehicles and enhancing pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation connections. The strategies called for in the plan call for an overall 20 percent reduction in vehicle trips. Enhancements to pedestrian safety and control of vehicular conflicts at roadway entry/exit points to the site will be provided via a program of signalization and non-mountable medians. Within the development site, traffic control and pedestrian safety will be managed via stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks, and other signage.
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