On June 26, 2017, Carnegie Science Center announced a $7.5 million gift from PPG and the PPG Foundation – the single largest donation in the history of the Science Center. In recognition of PPG’s support, Carnegie Science Center’s Henry Buhl, Jr. Co-Directors Ron Baillie and Ann Metzger announced that the Pavilion will be named the PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™.
Slated to open in June 2018, PPG Science Pavilion will strengthen the Science Center’s ability to deliver informal STEM education and career awareness programming to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and enable Carnegie Science Center to expand our STEM education offerings, use our early learner classrooms to model best practices in STEM for preschoolers, and provide camps and classes on topics such as coding, cyber security and river chemistry. With nine classrooms – including a wet lab – it will offer more programs for children and adults, plus host additional teacher professional development programs on STEM education. In addition, the Scaife Exhibit Gallery will allow the Science Center to host major international touring exhibitions that have never been hosted in the Pittsburgh market.
The PPG Science Pavilion will be home to:
FedEx STEM Learning Labs – Ground Floor
Scaife Exhibit Gallery – First and Second Floors
PointView Hall and Terrace – Fourth Floor
With spectacular views of downtown Pittsburgh, the top floor of the Science Pavilion will become PointView Hall, a multi-purpose space to be used for a range of activities, including large-scale STEM competitions and events, educational and public programs, private event rentals, and professional conferences. Containing 9,800+ square feet, PointView Hall will include facilities for catering, as well as a 1,600 square-foot outdoor terrace and overlook.
The first phase of fundraising for the campaign begin in September of 2014 and construction on the PPG Science Pavilion began December 2016.