Engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge and achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the Frick Environmental Center is poised to be the greenest municipal building.

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
  • Powers all electrical systems using power from solar panels
  • Filters and treats all wastewater before releasing it naturally on site
  • Promotes sustainable construction with materials that are safe for both humans and the environment and produced locally whenever possible.
  • Promotes an appreciation for nature in a public space that is functional and welcoming

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, opened the new Frick Environmental Center in September 2016. 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.

Read more about the Center here. 

For media inquiries, please contact Scott Roller at sroller@pittsburghparks.orgFor details on the project, please see our Press Fact Sheet.

  • The new Frick Environmental Center at dusk. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
    The new Frick Environmental Center at dusk. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
  • The view of the new Frick Environmental Center from the amphitheater. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
    The view of the new Frick Environmental Center from the amphitheater. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
  • The view of the new Frick Environmental Center from the amphitheater. Photo credit Jeremy Marshall
    The view of the new Frick Environmental Center from the amphitheater. Photo credit Jeremy Marshall
  • The energy that runs the new Frick Environmental Center comes from PV panels like these. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
    The energy that runs the new Frick Environmental Center comes from PV panels like these. Photo credit Nic Lehoux
  • A 5,000 gallon cistern captures stormwater to be used on site.

    A 5,000 gallon cistern captures stormwater to be used on site.

  • A view from the balcony of the new Frick Environmental Center. Photo credit Jeremy Marshall
    A view from the balcony of the new Frick Environmental Center. Photo credit Jeremy Marshall

Support the Center

Donate to support the Frick Environmental Center today.

GIVE TO SUPPORT THE NEW CENTER


Dedicate a Butterfly

Dedicate a butterfly at the Center. Sealed in a round crystal-clear acrylic bubble, your butterfly image will be part of a permanent art display.

DEDICATE A BUTTERFLY HERE