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Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper

Pittsburgh's "breathing" building by Gensler aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The PNC Financial Services Group hopes to exceed LEED Platinum requirements while promoting a healthy workplace with a recent development – the Tower at PNC Plaza. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the building will be 800,00 sq.ft (74,322 sq.mt) with a construction budget of approximately US $240 million.


The "breathing" design created by architecture firm Gensler moves away from the traditional closed air-conditioned environment and has the lofty aim of becoming the greenest skyscraper in the world.


Employees in the 33 floor glass tower will access daylight and fresh air. The PNC Tower design recognizes that the Pittsburgh climate can provide increased levels of natural light onto the floorspace along with improved regulation of temperatures for much of the year without using traditional, energy-intensive HVAC systems. The Tower hopes to achieve this with a double-skin facade of two panes of glass separated by an enclosed cavity, allowing external air inside. The facade features operable doors and windows that admit fresh air into the building during optimal conditions, while a solar chimney is another passive system- it pulls air in through the open windows, the air then travels across the floors, is heated and exhaled through the roof shaft.


The Tower will consume less than 50 percent of the energy a typical office building uses and will save PNC at least 30 percent on its energy costs...


Via Lauren Moss
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SCUP–49, the Society for College and University Planning's 49th annual conference, will be held in Pittsburgh in July 2014.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:07 PM

Tall buildings have been historically less efficient than smaller squarer buildings to operate, but now with new technologies we are seeing rapid improvements in the taller buildings and FINALLY we are seeing things like operable ventilation once again.

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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Face-to-Face Events for

Higher Ed Planning Professionals!

 

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Upcoming events:
 
September 23, 2016 | Cambridge College | Boston, MA
Planning Institute 1
Laying the Groundwork for Strategic Planning

 

September 23, 2016 | SCUP Headquarters | Ann Arbor, MI
Planning Institute 1
October 2–3, 2016 | Evanston, IL
Planning Institute 1
Laying the Groundwork for Strategic Planning

 

October 3–5, 2016 | Evanston, IL
SCUP 2016 North Central Regional Conference
Integrated Planning: It’s What We Do!

 

October 7, 2016 | Northeastern University | Boston, MA
SCUP 2016 North Atlantic Symposium
Northeastern University’s Vision in Boston and Beyond

 

October 16–18, 2016 | Charlotte, NC
SCUP 2016 Southern Regional Conference
Planning with Clarity: Rethinking Conventional Models of Higher Education

 

October 16, 2016 | Charlotte, North Carolina
Planning Institute 1
Laying the Groundwork for Strategic Planning
 
November 3–4, 2016 | Chicago, IL
Planning Institute 2

 

November 7, 2016 | Simmons College | Boston, MA
SCUP Urban Campus Resilience Symposium
 
July 8–12, 2017 | Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC
SCUP–52, SCUP's Annual, International Conference
We Strengthen and Transform Higher Education
 
 
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Deconstructing CBE: A Different Approach

Considering competency-based education (CBE)? A new study takes a detailed look at how different institutions are deploying CBE.

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Q&A: Stanford University's Kelly Schmutte on Changing the Undergrad Experience

Q&A: Stanford University's Kelly Schmutte on Changing the Undergrad Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A project at Stanford reimagines what higher education might look like 2025.

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Traditional colleges enter the coding boot camp market

Traditional colleges enter the coding boot camp market | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In response to the coding skills gap, higher ed institutions are partnering with coding boot camps...or starting their own.

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Untangling the Organizational Hairball

Untangling the Organizational Hairball | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You can't change processes in your organization without first understanding who the change will impact and then involving them in the change. Here's one exercise that can help you do both.

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The Enrollment Manager as Bogeyman

The Enrollment Manager as Bogeyman | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In the eyes of their many critics, they are faceless, pragmatic technocrats with too much power. But it’s worth imagining what higher education would look like without enrollment managers playing a critical role."

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Getting Teams with Different Subcultures to Collaborate

Getting Teams with Different Subcultures to Collaborate | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

One key to integrated planning success—understanding and working with many different cultures within your institution. Here are three steps for understanding and working with different cultures in your organization.

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The Scariest Student Loan Number

The Scariest Student Loan Number | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Media reports often focus on 6-figure student debt, but a look at the data shows it's the student with a small amount of debt who is more at risk of financial troubles.

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Police Confront the Price Tag of Prepping for Guns on Campus

Police Confront the Price Tag of Prepping for Guns on Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

BL As campus carry becomes legal in more states and active-shooter scenarios loom in the public consciousness, security officials are grappling with costs both big and small.

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What’s next? Fisher II, UT Austin, and affirmative action

What’s next? Fisher II, UT Austin, and affirmative action | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What are the implications of yesterday's US Supreme Court's decision to uphold UT Austin's race-conscious  admissions?

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Reinvent or bust: An esteemed liberal arts college pushes for new revenue

Reinvent or bust: An esteemed liberal arts college pushes for new revenue | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How one liberal arts college is trying to diversify revenue while maintaining the traditional liberal arts college experience.

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Degree-Planning Tools and Learning Advisors

Degree-Planning Tools and Learning Advisors | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

New tools promise to help students graduate based on each student's strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and circumstances. But is technology alone enough to guide students to their degree?

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Prioritization Anxiety

Academy prioritization can feel like The Hunger Games to some faculty. Stories of academic program review gone wrong (and right).

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What Could It Look Like in 2025?

What Could It Look Like in 2025? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Based on present-day trends shaping American academia and society, here are four future scenarios that institutions may grapple with in the next 10 years."

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Vermont pushes to combine public colleges' administrations

Vermont pushes to combine public colleges' administrations | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Vermont State Colleges' exploration of a unification of two colleges reflects increasing interest in institutional mergers...and the complications that can arise.

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How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think

How important are high school courses to college performance? Less than you might think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Success in high school courses, even Advanced Placement classes, does not predict success in college. Why?

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U. of Cincinnati Grapples With the Legacy of a Black Man Killed by Its Police

U. of Cincinnati Grapples With the Legacy of a Black Man Killed by Its Police | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A university-commissioned third-party investigation found the university police department's heavy handed tactics and mismanagement were a "recipe for disaster".

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How to fill the skills gap for new college grads who don’t have work experience

How to fill the skills gap for new college grads who don’t have work experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new company acts as both boot camp and temp staffing agency to help new college grads get jobs and reduce risk for employers.

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Fine-Tuning the ‘Nudges’ That Help Students Get to and Through College

Fine-Tuning the ‘Nudges’ That Help Students Get to and Through College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A researcher describes her group’s work to design and test behavioral interventions that colleges can use to help students find and stay on their path to a degree.

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How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs

College systems are turning to companies for information that is more current and detailed than federal data on the skills that employers are looking for.

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New online platform to help fill empty seats in classrooms

The objective of the platform is to match need with excess capacity in classrooms – connecting employers and individual employees with classres that are not full.

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