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Meet the team behind the Garden Center renovation project.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest green spaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood. In 1993, Phipps became an independent not-for-profit organization and has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural services institution, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into the historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, the Garden Center renovation's architect, is an architecture and urban design firm committed to a collaborative process with our clients that increases the value of the built environment through meaningful design solutions.

Commitment to Collaboration
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative encourages openness and innovation by exploring design issues in order to create better solutions. Their unique Design Sketchbook Process communicates alternatives, increases the exchange of ideas, enhances understanding and builds consensus.

Meaningful Solutions
Meaningful solutions elevate architectural design by linking human emotion to aesthetics. Rothschild Doyno Collaborative projects achieve this by celebrating the historical, environmental, social and spiritual assets of places and communities.

Increasing Value
Successful projects are a balance of economic, social, and physical attributes. Rothschild Doyno Collaborative uses their ESP (Economic, Physical, and Social) framework to increase understanding in order to develop shared visions.

Social Responsibility
Rothschild Doyno are dedicated to effecting change to make the world a better place, socially and environmentally, for their clients, community and future generations. They do this by focusing on social leadership, community service and environmental stewardship.

Workplace Excellence
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative are committed to a collaborative work environment that values respectful and open exchanges, cooperative learning, high aspirations, continued improvement and personal development.

Project Partners

Atlantic Engineering Services; Structural Engineering Consultants, Pittsburgh
Andy Verrengia, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Project Manager

Biohabitats; Water Systems Engineering and Urban Ecology, Santa Fe, NM
Erin English, PE LEED AP, Senior Engineer

Bohler Engineering; Civil Engineering, Pittsburgh
Michael Takacs, RLA, ASLA

BuroHappold Engineering; MEP and Energy Engineering, Pittsburgh
Jeremy Snyder, PE, Principal

CJL Engineering; Commissioning Agent, Pittsburgh
Alan Traugott, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, Partner

Jendoco Construction Corporation; Construction, Pittsburgh
Michael Kuhn, President
Christian Klehm, LEED Fellow, Vice President of Sustainability and Director of Business Development

Lam Partners; Lighting Design and Daylighting Analysis, Pittsburgh
Steve Iski, Principal

McLennan Design: Sustainable Design Consulting, Bainbridge Island, WA
Jason F. McLennan, CEO

Rothschild Doyno Collaborative; Architecture, Pittsburgh
Ken Doyno, President
Mike Gwin, Principal and Director of Design
Brenna Shaffer, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Associate
Nick Rebeck, AIA, Architect

LENS; Biophilic Design Consultation, Phoenix, AZ
Sonja Bochart, IIDA, LEED AP BD&C, WELL AP, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

7group, LLC; Integrative Design Facilitation, Energy Modeling and Materials Consulting, Sinking Spring, PA
John A. Boecker, AIA, LEED® Fellow, Architect
Marcus Sheffer, Enviroenergist

Community Representatives

City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works
Friends of Mellon Park 
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Shadyside Action Coalition
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition

Phipps Conservatory Staff

Richard V. Piacentini, President and CEO
Gregory R. DuFour, Director, Development Campaign
Allyson Koteski, Director of Guest Services
Katie Lynch, Chief Financial Officer
Margie Radebaugh, Director of Horticulture and Education
Joe Reed, Senior Director of Communications

Sarah L. States, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science Education
Michelle Allworth, Facilities Project Manager

Ashley Dean, Chief of Staff
Gabriel Tilove, Director of Adult Education and Community Outreach

We Want to Hear from You

We are currently in the design and community review process — all designs presented here are conceptual. Contact us at to send your thoughts. Thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback!