Highest Steel Beam at New Frick Environmental Center to Be Signed, Lifted into Place as One of the the Greenest Buildings on Earth Rises in Frick Park for Achievements of National Significance

APR 29, 2015 

WHAT: Pittsburgh's legacy of steel meets the exciting future green building in what will become one of the greenest structures in the world- the new Frick Environmental Center.

Dignitaries and community leaders will take part in ceremonial signing of what will be the highest steel beam in the new Frick Environmental Center. After signing, the beam will be lifted into its place as the highest point of the rapidly-rising Frick Environmental Center, on track to become one of the most environmentally sound buildings on earth. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is the project leader of the new center, designed to meet standards for both platinum LEED and Living Building Challenge certification.

Those slated to sign include PA State House District 23 State Representative Dan Frankel, Pittsburgh City Council District 5 City Councilman Corey O'Connor, Office of the Mayor Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa, Chief of Staff & Chief Development Officer Kevin Acklin and Controller Michael Lamb, Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation Foreman Dick Wilford, and Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition President Ray Baum. Grable Foundation Officer Tracy Armant, Garden Club of Allegheny County President Maureen Young, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy children's program educators will join in signing the steel beam. 

WHERE: Frick Park, Gatehouse entrance at Beechwood Boulevard.

WHEN: Friday, May 1 10:00 AM

CONTACT: On-site contact on Friday, May 1: Scott Roller at 412-725-0023.

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About the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's historic city parks. A nonprofit organization, the Parks Conservancy works closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore and improve the city’s park system to its full potential. Originally including Highland, Schenley, Frick, and Riverview Parks, the scope of the Park Conservancy’s work now includes a focus on community parks including Allegheny Commons, Arsenal Park, Cliffside Park, McKinley Park, and Mellon Park. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised $84 million toward park improvements. The Parks Conservancy works with thousands of volunteers annually, stewards over 1,700 acres, and has completed 14 capital projects.

For more information on the Frick Environmental Center, click here.