The National Aviary Garden Room
The National Aviary Garden Room
What happens when you combine nature's beauty with a conservation-inspired mission and sustainable building practices? You get the Garden Room at the National Aviary, one of Pittsburgh’s newest and most sustainable event spaces. The beautifully crafted room offers a unique meeting space for community organizations, programming, and visitors’ education.
Credited as America’s only independent indoor nonprofit attraction dedicated to just birds, the National Aviary is home to over 150 species of 500 beautiful birds from all over the world - and now home to the acclaimed Garden Room.
The Garden Room offers a view of the gorgeous Allegheny Commons Park, Pittsburgh’s oldest park. Originally built in 1867, the park has recently gone through a $2.5 million restoration project that upgraded the fountain, gardens, walkways, lighting, and benches. The collaborative improvement project was headed by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Allegheny Commons Initiative, Northside Leadership Conference and City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works.
A Bird’s Eye View of the Garden Room’s Sustainability Features
The Garden Room project was led by The Aviary in partnership with Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) and Jendoco Construction Corporation. The space’s LEED Gold certification and high-quality sustainability features – including an updated stormwater management system – add to the appeal of the venue. To improve indoor air quality, the project team chose products and materials with low- and no volatile organic compounds including paint, adhesives, and acoustic wall panels. Visitors are drawn in by the wonderfully designed light-refracting tubular skylights that were installed to reduce energy consumption through daylighting. Others may be attracted to the elegantly designed stone fireplaces that anchor each side of the beautiful open meeting space.
The space itself looks out into an enhanced natural area called The Rose Garden. The historic garden was rehabilitated to preserve the historic landscape of the nearby Allegheny Commons Park and Lake Elizabeth in a way that embraces and beautifully complements The National Aviary. From the organic design of the retaining wall to the peaceful landscaping, the space was created as a place for reflection and relaxation.
Another distinct sustainable feature is the AviProtek® window system by Vitro Architectural Glass, accompanied by Walker Glass’s bird-safe treatment. The glass is used on 3 walls of the Garden Room, offering views of the Rose Garden amongst other park features. The energy efficient AviProtek® windows were specifically chosen by architects Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) because they provide a bird friendly glass system that has “acid-etched designs on the number 1 surface of the glass.” Etched glass contributes to the safety of birds because it decreases instances of collision due to the glazed and patterned surface. Additionally, the windows can remain closed for a structured but comfortable meeting space or open completely to provide fresh air and access to The Rose Garden and park.
Soaring Towards Sustainable Leadership
The National Aviary aims to provide engaging, educational, and impactful experiences that inspire visitors to embrace and appreciate nature and birds. The Garden Room’s sustainably- built 3,000 sq ft space is a physical representation of that vision. Funds were raised for the $4 million Garden Room project prior to the pandemic and The Aviary officially broke ground in December 2019. It is an ode to the beauty of Allegheny Commons Park and the importance of the preservation of endangered and threatened species of birds.
Landscape Design: Moore Design Associates
MEP/FP/FA Engineering: CJL Engineering
Structural Engineering: Taylor Structural Engineers
Civil Engineering: Moore Design Associates
LEED Organization: CJL Engineering
Cost Estimating: Morgan Property & Construction Consultants
Visit The Garden Room
If you would like a closer look at this space, join GBA’s team at the upcoming Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception which will be hosted in the Garden Room on May 24! Learn more and reserve your tickets today. You can also find out more about the project on the National Aviary's website.
Top banner photo courtesy of the National Aviary