ALCOSAN WASTEWATER TREATMENT CENTER - PITTSBURGH, PA
This project was the design of a wastewater education center in an industrial area of Pittsburgh. The most interesting feature of our site was the proximity to the Ohio River. I decided to connect the center to the river through materiality, an open ground floor, an eroded atrium, and a terraced deck leading directly into the water's edge.
The project also dealt with access to our site, by commuter traffic and from a bike path along the river. I took these paths and directed them towards the river, keeping direct lines of sight and access open on the ground floor of the center. The remaining areas are filled with the program spaces that also work as the structure for the building. The design also uses natural ventilation, green roofs, and bio swells to create a more sustainable building and environment. Overall, this project aimed to provide an education center that would attract guests, and provide a contemporary space for children to learn and interact.
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