NOMA PGH is very grateful that one of the world’s greenest buildings, the Frick Environmental Center, is right in our backyard! Operating at LEED Platinum and engineered to meet the very rigorous Living Building Challenge, the Frick Environmental Center is a catalyst of environmental education in the middle of the expanding city of Pittsburgh. The Frick Environmental Center’s building program consists of educational classrooms, multipurpose gathering spaces, administrative offices, and, naturally, a few outdoor features.
The exclusive tour was graciously lead by Patricia Culley, Project Architect from the Pittsburgh office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and Camilla Tinsley, the Director of Education from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Together they informed the members of NOMA PGH about the upcoming educational initiatives the building and surrounding site will help facilitate as well as the design intent throughout the building, starting from the holistic design concept to identifying meticulous details we may have missed.
From the space saving and dual purposed photovoltaic panels over the project’s parking lots to the tactile earthy palette of black locust wood, concrete, and steel used to bring nature inside the classroom, green natural initiatives were apparent in every aspect. NOMA PGH even welcomed torrential summer rains to demonstrate the effects of the delicate rain veil and cascading rainwater feature on site.
NOMA PGH would like to thank our tour leaders for sharing their experiences on the job and intimate knowledge of this exciting new Pittsburgh landmark!