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Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus Wins Award of Excellence in Engineering & Science

PITTSBURGH:  The American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter, has presented an Award of Excellence in the category of Engineering and Science for Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus storm and waste water management systems.

In commenting on the award, the judges said, “This project reminds us of the importance of water, and also basic and natural technologies that are highly effective.  The complete built project functions as an efficient machine while never giving the appearance of being a machine. As a first phase of a proposed new campus, the standards are already set impressively high.”

The storm and waste water management systems at Eden Hall employ a number of proven strategies and technologies in combination and with a unique decentralized approach. A “treat it where it falls” approach utilizes a series of rain gardens around the site to manage small drainage areas while roof runoff is directed to a 50,000 gallon retention tank and is repurposed for site irrigation needs. The waste water treatment system can process up to 6,000 gallons per day, and includes individual building primary treatment tanks and two sub-surface constructed wetland cells among other system components. Site design and landscape not only perform a functional purpose for storm water and waste water, but also provide an aesthetic bridge between the architecture and the site.

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Biohabitats and Interface Engineering are the project engineers; the Architecture Firm is Mithun with local support from Rothschild Collaborative Doyno; and the Contractor is SOTA Construction Services.

About Eden Hall Campus
Eden Hall Campus in Richland, PA is the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall is self-sustaining in every way with zero carbon emissions, all waste and storm water managed on-site, and by producing more energy than it consumes. It is designed to one-day serve more than 1,500 students, and his home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new, green buildings, Eden Hall is a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. More information at