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It's not every day that a carpenter works on a structure made of waste denim, or a steamfitter goes to work in a surgical garb. Not unless these individuals are vital to the success of a technologically advanced construction process.

The following examples illustrate how traditional trade skill and thousands of hours of specialized training were applied to three very different but highly advanced technology designs, with results that define the excellence of union craftsmanship.

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New Headquarters Positions Industrial Scientific for Continued Growth and Employee Retention

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The phased project provides a 5-level, 204,000-square-foot consolidated global headquarters and manufacturing facility for Industrial Scientific on a 25-acre building site in Robinson Township. 

The new facility incorporates all of the company’s local Pittsburgh functions, including corporate offices, light electronics manufacturing, electronics servicing, instrument research, development and testing, gas sensor laboratory functions, customer service, software development, warehouse, delivery, and shipping. 

Initially designed to house 500 employees, important considerations include wellness/fitness; sustainability; employee amenities, including an on-site restaurant/cafe; collaborative/interactive spaces; and flexibility for future expansion and growth.

The Project: Industrial Scientific Corporation Headquarters

Owner:  Industrial Scientific Corporation

Architect: IDC Architects

Contractor: Mascaro Construction Company, L.P., Pittsburgh, PA


 University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

For more than 10 years, faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Health System have engaged in vital research on artificial organ technology. Today, thanks to a working partnership among design architects, union contractors and union craftsmen, McGowan researchers have a new, state-of-the-art facility that enables some of the most advanced research in artificial organ development in the United States.

The McGowan Institute's new home is a 45,000-square-foot "green design" building located o the former site of LTV Steel along the Monongahela River. The $10 million, two-story structure incorporates features that focus on sustainability, energy conservation and ways to minimize environmental impact. Union workers installed an energy-efficient system that reduces use of potable water by collecting rainwater for flushing low-flow toilets and employs a drip-type irrigation system that uses 70 percent less water than standard landscape sprinklers. They employed an efficient design, along with component selection, that reduces energy consumption by 25 to 30 percent without the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Careful attention was also given to indoor air quality standards regarding use of adhesives, carpets, sealants and paints with low volatile organic compounds, and monitoring levels of carbon monoxide. And, select recycled materials were used whenever possible, along with locally manufactured materials and those in compliance withy Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. The McGowan Institute is registered with the United States Green Building Council for its LEED™ designation, indicating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
 
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"From the early schematic design meetings, our contractor was part of the process. He offered constructability analyses, pricing and payback scenarios, and was thoroughly immersed in the LEED components' development. All of this contributed to the overall success of the building."
John C. Schrott
AIA, ACHA Vice President, Pricipal in Charge
IKM Incorporated - Architects