PPG Science Pavilion
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
- 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 and Second Floors
- "The Art of the Brick" will be the inaugural touring exhibit in the PPG Science Pavilion from June through December 2018. In "The Art of the Brick," artist Nathan Sawaya uses LEGO® bricks as an art medium, transforming a toy that almost every child has played with into contemporary art, providing an engaging experience for all ages. He will create a work specifically for the Science Center's new PPG Science Pavilion.
- 14,000 square feet dedicated to a Special Exhibitions Gallery will herald the return of world-class, blockbuster shows to the city and Carnegie Museums. The new space can be used not only by the Science Center, but also by its sister museums – Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and The Andy Warhol Museum – to showcase art and science exhibitions that are too large for existing facilities.
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.
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