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  7. Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

  • 17:00 - 22 May, 2018
Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Ed Massery
© Ed Massery

© Ed Massery © Elliott Cramer for Denmarsh Phot © Alexander Denmarsh © Alexander Denmarsh + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Principal in Charge

    Roxanne Sherbeck, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Patricia Culley, AIA
  • Project Team Members

    Jason Brody, AIA; Matthew Conti; Natalie Gentile, AIA; Jon Jackson, FAIA; Matthew Plecity, ASLA; Michael Maiese, AIA; Michele Mercer, RA; Gina Rossi; Roxanne Sherbeck, FAIA; Kent Suhrbier, AIA
  • Area

    15570.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

  • Project Manager

    Robert Aumer
  • Construction Manager

    PJ Dick
  • Landscape Architecture

    La Quatra Bonci Associates
  • Structural Engineer

    Barber & Hoffman
  • Civil Engineer

    H.F. Lenz Company
  • MEP+FP Engineer

    RAM-TECH Engineers
  • Sustainability Consultant

    Atelier Ten
  • Stormwater Management Consultant

    Nitsch Engineering
  • Client

    City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Cost

    $13.75 million
  • Site

    4-acres
  • Barn Service Building

    1030 SF
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© Elliott Cramer for Denmarsh Phot
© Elliott Cramer for Denmarsh Phot

Text description provided by the architects. The Frick Environmental Center, the first municipally-owned, Living Building Challenge-targeted project in existence, will be a world-class center for experiential environmental education. As a joint venture between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the new Environmental Center will serve as a gateway to Frick Park—the city’s largest public park at 644-acres—and embody the “neighborhood to nature” ideal that served as inspiration for its formation more than 80-years ago.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The Frick Environmental Center encompasses nearly four-acres of development, including restored historic gatehouses and fountain; visitor parking; a service barn; extensive landscaping and ecological restoration; and the new Environmental Center. The entrance to the site, marked by a pair of stone gatehouses, leads to a formal allée of native trees and plantings. The new building, nestled into a sloping hillside, is approached via a walkway and bridge, which allows visitors to engage with the park beyond from the elevation of the tree canopy. The building’s exterior, clad in locally and sustainably harvested black locust, blends with the surrounding woods, evoking a tree house quality. Inside, full-height wood windows emanate warmth and allow for expansive views of the park. The 15,600-square-foot facility features a public living room and gallery; classrooms for K-12 environmental education programs operated by the Parks Conservancy; and offices, storage, and support space for Parks Conservancy staff.

© Alexander Denmarsh
© Alexander Denmarsh
© Alexander Denmarsh
© Alexander Denmarsh

To meet Living Building and LEED Platinum challenges, this project will achieve on-site net zero energy and net zero water through many components, including a 650-kilowatt photovoltaic array; geothermal heating and cooling system; locally sourced non-toxic building materials; continuous daylight dimming controls and occupancy sensors; and a reclaimed water system. Inspired by the clients’ mission to educate and engage, the project incorporates these and other features as interactive elements in the building and site design, providing children and families from the Pittsburgh region with hands-on environmental education, and fulfilling the Environmental Center’s role as a “living laboratory.”

© Ed Massery
© Ed Massery

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Cite: "Frick Environmental Center / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson" 22 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/894649/frick-environmental-center-bohlin-cywinski-jackson/> ISSN 0719-8884

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