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Grand Reopening Presented by American Eagle Outfitters, Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 11 am to 3 pm.  CLP-South Side

We're Celebrating in Grand Style!

Schedule of events:

10:30 am - Come early and enjoy Timbeleza on the steps!
11:00 am - Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony
11:30 am - Doors open - Check out the renovation!
11:30 am - Amethyst of
12:30 pm - Magic Man TJ Hill
  1:30 pm - Juggler Howard Mincone

Ongoing from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm:

– Tour our green renovations
– Make your mark on the Library
– Visit with the Library Card mascot
– Enjoy crafts with Brooke
– Get your own Library card
– Learn to Bellydance with Amethyst
– And more!


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - South Side
2205 East Carson Street, 15203


CLP - South Side Facts

Year Opened: 1909

Construction Cost: $2.7M
Architect: Loysen & Kreuthmeier Architects
General Contractor: Allegheny Construction Group
Owner's Representative: Imperial Construction Services, LLC
MEP & Fire Protection Engineer: Iams Consulting LLC
Structural Engineer: Konefal & Company, Inc.
Civil Engineering: Sci-Tek Consultants, Inc.
Landscape Architecture: Klavon Design Assoc.
Historic Consultant: Clio Consultants

Allegheny Restoration
Penn Perry Roofing, Inc.
Giffin Interior & Fixture, Inc.
Continental Office Environments
Vitra, Inc.
Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
Combustion Services & Equipment Co.
Sign Pro

Unique Features:

  • Improved accessibility into and throughout the facility.
  • Installation of a slate roof and total reconditioning of the windows.
  • Interior space reconfiguration updates to make room for the inclusion of an elevator, air conditioning system and the replacement of antiquated heating and plumbing systems.

CLP - South Side is the first Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh facility to utilize a geothermal heating & cooling system which will eliminate the need of natural gas in the facility.

Project Facts:

  • CLP - South Side was originally constructed in 1909 and is one of Pittsburgh's original neighborhood library locations.
  • In 2004 the building was designated as a "City Historic Structure."
  • With the addition of an elevator all three levels of the library is fully accessible and available for public use.
  • The Children's Room/Nook was relocated and replicated into what was previously a Work Room off of the Main Reading Room.
  • The front entrance stairs leading up to the Library was recreated to mimic the building's original "Main" entrance.
  • The accessibility (ADA) ramp is more aesthetically integrated into the front yard/ landscape.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Highlights:

  • Designed to achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED™) by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • As with all capital projects reducing operating costs is a primary goal of the Library.
  • Substantial energy savings are anticipated through the following implemented strategies:
  • Reconditioning of the existing windows - The windows were removed and taken off site where they were re-conditioned (stripped down and repainted), re-installed and caulked to eliminate uninvited air infiltration.
  • Building Envelope Upgrade - The building is fully insulated for the first time ever to increase energy efficiency in accordance with today's energy code standards.
  • Not only is the building be more thermally superior to the old library building, but it includes more environmentally friendly and efficient mechanical (geothermal heating and cooling), electrical and plumbing systems.
  • Low water usage plumbing fixtures and recycled and regional materials were specified for the project.
  • As a result of this project Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is adopting a system wide Green Housekeeping policy (certified cleaning products, green seal paper products, etc.)
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