Rothschild Doyno Architects & Thoughtful Balance, inc.
a.m. Rodriguez Associates, inc.
[Sota has] extensive knowledge of sustainable design and energy use in buildings as well as understanding innovative energy systems.
— Laura Nettleton
thoughtful balance, inc.
This project consists of the renovation and adaptive reuse of the former South Hills High School into a mixed-use community asset. The anchor of the project is a 106 unit senior housing community, which contains 84 LIHTC units and 22 market rate apartments. The ground floor will house a 7,500 sf YMCA neighborhood fitness center and a 4,500 sf early childhood development center with an outdoor play deck.
The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. The building re-use will create natural outdoor spaces for residents and the community and is a registered LEED project with the expectation of achieving LEED GOLD.
Sota Construction Services, Inc. obtained funding through PEDA and coordinated the installation of Western Pennsylvania's first 65kw cogeneration micro turbine coupled with a 27kw solar photovoltaic array.
This system provides both domestic hot water and building heat for this 165,000 sf multi-purpose structure. The cogeneration system reaches very high levels of efficiency since it produces both electricity and hot water as well as reduces the carbon footprint of its portion of the electric load by 85%, saving approximately $35,000 per year in utility costs.