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Carnegie Science Center

It’s a very flexible space, where a program leader can give students any number of experiences, working with models, working with technology, having a conversation in that space, or drawing or designing things…It’s going to be exciting.”

Jo Ellen Parker, President and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Preparing Our Kids For STEM Jobs: Carnegie Science Center makes room for more science

Increased visitor attendance and STEM program emphasis led Carnegie Science Center to its current growth spurt. A $34.5M expansion is underway to increase the special exhibitions gallery and learning labs so that Pittsburgh can host world renown science presentations, lectures, and shows. The new four-story addition will wrap around the existing building’s semi-circle façade overlooking the scenic Ohio River. DCI Engineers devised an efficient structural design of composite steel on top of an auger cast pile foundation. The expansion space is targeted to open in 2018.

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Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Square Feet:
48,231
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Stories:
4
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Service:
Structural
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Industries:
Life Science & Laboratory, PK-12
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Primary Material:
Steel

Project Highlights

  • 6,000-sf of learning labs
  • 14,000-sf of climate and humidity-controlled exhibit space
  • A new signature staircase made of hollow structural steel
  • The existing Carnegie Science Center space will operate during construction
  • The new addition will include a rain garden to capture roof water for green learning demonstrations
  • A portion of the existing building will be repurposed into a garden roof

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