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A Modern Training Workshop


New training complex meets LEED certification with economic design and daylighting systems

WPOE Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program facilityWestern Pennsylvania Operating Engineers (WPOE) Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program facility has trained heavy equipment operators and mechanics dutifully for over 40 years. As equipment has advanced and grown in size, so has the number of trainees applying to attend WPOE. To accommodate and continue to attract new talent to the trade, WPOE wanted a modern space that could provide a larger training workshop, incorporate trending architectural features that are appealing to younger generations and meet LEED certification.

WPOE had big visions for its new facility, and they knew Pittsburgh-based Mascaro Construction Co., a Butler Builder, was the perfect partner for the job. Mascaro's goal was to build a first-class training facility with an economical design that was also highly energy efficient.


Bringing in More Light

One of the most important customer needs was reducing operational costs through energy efficiency. Being energy-efficient was a top priority for WPOE, as was the need to reach that efficiency using a modern, attractive design. When it came to facility lighting techniques, the original design called for a continuous ridge skylight and clerestory to provide natural light and ventilation in maintenance areas.

However, clerestory costs didn't meet the construction budget. Mascaro instead chose to use the SunLite Strip daylighting system from Butler Manufacturing, Kansas City, Mo., which proved to be a cost-effective and energy-saving alternative that filtered in an abundance of natural light, particularly in the workshop and classroom spaces. The system relies on prismatic acrylic-domed technology to bring in three times the amount of light earlier and later in the day compared with translucent panels.


WPOE Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program