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.