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Pittsburgh, PA

Lawrence Convention Center

Thinking big and thinking green.
When the designs for Pittsburgh's new convention center were chosen in 1999, those in the commercial building industry quickly recognized that there was one not-so-subtle principle…GO GREEN! With a total area of 1.5 million square feet, this was not an easy challenge. For their bathroom urinal, toilet and sink fixtures, building designers turned to one place, Sloan. Green technologies were incorporated into every aspect of design including:

• Bathroom fixtures and sinks focused on water savings.
• Natural ventilation and light utilized throughout the facility.
• Reclaimed water systems to help reduce environmental impact.

Special attention had been given to green design since the first brick was laid for the convention center. The design sought to maximize the efficient use of nature’s resources while performing the building’s most critical functions. The result was a building that featured natural cross-ventilation, and the utilization of natural light sources.

As construction progressed between 2000 and 2003, when the time came to add flush valves and faucets contractors turned to Sloan, and with a reputation for environmentally friendly products it was an obvious choice. Selected for each of the 365 bathroom urinal and toilet fixtures were the Optima ES-S and the Optima ETF-80 Lavatory Faucet for bathroom sinks.

Serving as the site for such events as Greenbuild and the G20 Conference, it was important for the building to showcase modern, green building techniques and options. The designers commitment to holistic sustainable design, and with Optima series flushometers and lavatory faucets providing a water-savings average of 20% the facility has become a living example of this commitment.

Products Used


Optima® Hardwired-Powered Deck-Mounted Mid Body Faucet