Chatham University, Eden Hall Campus/Falk School of Sustainable Design and the Environment

Richland, PA

Chatham University




Sota Construction


LEED Platinum
Living Building Challenge
Passive House Certification

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Planning & Permitting

The 388-acre Eden Hall Campus (25 miles north of the main campus) is home to the new Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment, the first ground-up campus in the nation to integrate sustainable development, learning, and living. Working with an integrated team, a Master Plan was developed, calling for 20 years worth of projects. These include a variety of LEED Platinum facilities as well as Living Building Challenge and Passive House certification. The intent is for all structures to be “living laboratories for sustainable living and sustainable technology.” 

Phase 1 includes the Field Lab, Dairy Barn Cafe and Library, a large Photovoltaic Canopy, High Tunnels and the Hoop House as well as significant landscape architecture featuring an outdoor amphitheater and wetlands. Phase 2 includes a dinning commons and student dorm. Future development will include additional housing, classrooms and other academic facilities.

Supporting the sustainability goals of the project, many innovative solutions were developed, including:

  • concrete mix designs with 50% cement replacement
  • e-use and conversion of the existing dairy barn structure into a cafe and library
  • the use of locally sourced building products
  • integrated radiant tubing into the structural slabs


Awards & Recognition

2018 Best of Green Schools Awards - Higher Education, 2018

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award, 2017

Design Award, Engineering + Science: Award of Excellence, AIA Pittsburgh, 2015


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