WYEP radio station

In addition to milk jug carpeting, wheat board furniture and recycled blue jean ceilings, the home of WYEP listener-supported radio station in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood uses low-emissivity glass to allow daylighting to fill 90 percent of the interior. The 19,000-square-foot building, completed in September 2006, received a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Dggp Architecture of Pittsburgh designed the structure to address “the relationship between the historic market square, solar orientation, and a desire for a public face,” says Matthew Lundgren, project architect. Dggp accomplished this mission “by varying exterior materials and tuning the fenestration in an appropriate manner.” The building features glass from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries: Solarban 80 for the west side of the building and Solarban 60 for the rest. Pdc Glass and Metal Services of Cheswick, Pa., fabricated the 1-inch insulating glass with 1⁄2 inch airspace and 1⁄4 inch lites.

US Aluminum, Waxahachie, Texas, supplied the thermally broken framing system for the storefront; Keystone Industries of New Castle, Pa., supplied WYEP Radio2the window systems; and ASP Glass of Aliquippa, Pa., served as contract glazier for the project.

“We used a lot of glass on the interior for the sound studios and performance spaces, and that was done by Rex Glass [of Pittsburgh],” Lundgren says. The interior glass is laminated and angled to reduce sound transmission and control sound reflection.