The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park
The doors of the new Frick Environmental Center opened to the public on September 10th, 2016.
Free and open to all, this cutting-edge building is a "living laboratory" that enhances visitor experience. Here, learners of all ages can access hands-on environmental education in a building that complements and restores historic Frick Park.
About the building
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, began construction of the new Center in August 2014. Engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge and achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the Center's success depends on a staff that practices sustainable behaviors to reduce waste and use less energy and water.
Designed with input from more than 1,000 residents and stakeholders at a series of public meetings, the building will:
- Use 40% less energy than a typical building of its size in the northeast
- Power all electrical systems using power from solar panels
- Filter and treat all wastewater before releasing it naturally on site
- Promote sustainable construction with materials that are produced locally (whenever possible) and safe for both humans and the environment
- Balance a spirit that promotes appreciation and protection of the environment and a public space that is functional and welcoming
The Parks Conservancy is restoring and will care for 115 acres of historical landscape and woodlands as part of the project, including the planting of 200 trees and more than 6,500 native plants in gardens, meadows, and surrounding woodlands.