Frick Environmental Center

A cutting-edge building, the doors of the new Frick Environmental Center opened to the public on September 10th, 2016.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, began construction of the new Center in August 2014. The new Center aims to serve as a welcome facility, a living laboratory, and a gateway to the woodlands of Frick Park where educators use the parks as classrooms.

Free and open to all, this new building:

  • Provides learners of all ages with access to hands-on environmental education
  • Complements and restores the park's ecological and historical landscape
  • Enhances visitor experience

Designed to meet the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency, the new Center will support its own needs for water and energy.

In addition to the building restoration, the Parks Conservancy restored and will care for 115 acres of historical landscape and woodlands as part of the project, starting with the planting of 200 trees and more than 6,500 native plants in gardens, meadows, and surrounding woodlands. 


The Frick Environmental Center during construction

Frick Environmental Center Project Team

Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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