Frick Environmental Center
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Dedication Date: August 10, 2018
Donation Type: Solar power
Claim to Fame: Helping to build one of the greenest buildings in Pittsburgh
The Frick Environmental Center will be a cutting-edge, environmentally sensitive building that acts as a living laboratory, providing children from all parts of the city with access to hands-on, experiential environmental education. The new Center will complement and restore the ecological and historical landscape of the park while enhancing visitor experience and understanding. Designed to meet the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency, the new Environmental Center will support its own needs for water and energy.
A large solar array will play a big part in the building’s new design. It will be partially funded by a $63,400 grant from the Sun Club, which is also providing permanent solar education components. The Sun Club grant funded the installation of 16kW of solar, which will prevent 30,048 pounds of CO2 each year.