PPG Science Pavilion™
Opening June 16, 2018, PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™ is a $33 million, four-floor, 48,000-square-foot expansion that 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 prepare them for the workforce of the future.
PPG Science Pavilion is the centerpiece of SPARK! A Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, launched in 2014. The project was funded by more than 350 donors from throughout the community.
PPG and the PPG Foundation generously gifted $7.5 million to the campaign in support of the addition and improvements to the Science Center. It is the single largest donation in the history of the Science Center. The building is named in recognition of PPG’s support.
PPG Science Pavilion, which is built to LEED Gold certification standards, will enable Carnegie Science Center to expand our STEM education offerings, use early learner classrooms to model best practices in STEM for preschoolers, and provide camps and classes on topics such as coding, cybersecurity and river chemistry. With nine classrooms – including a wet lab – we will be able to offer more programs for children, teens, 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 currently do not come to the Pittsburgh region.
The PPG Science Pavilion will be home to:
FedEx STEM Learning Labs – Ground Floor
- 6,000 square feet of classroom and lab space will effectively double the space currently available for classes, workshops, summer camps, teacher professional development, and STEM education programs.
- Nine specialized classrooms will be equipped to support inquiry-based instruction and project-based learning, giving students the freedom and the space to investigate problems encountered in real-world situations. One classroom will be specially designed for early learners, and one classroom will be a wet lab, to support biology, chemistry and physics programs.
- Multipurpose space will accommodate the Science Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy and allow for educator professional development programs.
Scaife Exhibit Gallery – First Floor
- The 14,000-square-foot Scaife Exhibit Gallery will host world-class, blockbuster exhibitions.
- THE ART OF THE BRICK, opening to the public June 16, 2018, will be the inaugural touring exhibition on the first floor. It will be on display from June through January 7, 2019. Visitors will get to see more than 100 sculptures built exclusively from LEGO® bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya. The inspiring exhibition transforms a toy that almost every child has played with into contemporary art, providing an engaging experience for all ages.
- On the second floor of Scaife Exhibit Gallery is the 4,000-square-foot Suzy Broadhurst Overlook. This space can be used to extend the larger exhibition space below, or to complement it.
- During THE ART OF THE BRICK, The Suzy Broadhurst Overlook will house The Science of the Brick, a series of LEGO activities and interactives designed and built by the Science Center to encourage hands-on exploration and free-play.
PointView Hall – Third Floor
- PointView Hall is a stunning, modern multi-purpose space to be used for large-scale STEM competitions and events, educational and public programming, private event rentals, and professional conferences. With more than 9,800 square feet of space, PointView Hall can accommodate 500 people theater-style, 600 for a cocktail reception, and 350 for a banquet.
- The 1,600-square-foot terrace and overlook offers an unparalleled view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
The Science Center Transformed
East Faćade of PPG Science Pavilion
Nine new STEM Learning Labs featuring 6,000 square feet of educational space
Two-story, 14,000 square foot Special Exhibitions Gallery
PPG Science Pavilion from Mt. Washington
PPG Science Pavilion: News Release
PPG Science Pavilion: Fact Sheet
Art of the Brick: Fact Sheet
The SPARK! Transformation: THE FACTS
Future Impact of the SPARK! Campaign