This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
REGISTER FOR THE LIVING PRODUCT EXPO HERE: http://www.livingproductexpo.org/
Contact us at events@living-future.org.
Back To Schedule
Tuesday, September 13 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Tour of Frick Environmental Center: the Living Classroom
This is a pre-conference event (not included in the Conference Pass) for those who want to enhance their Expo experience before it kicks off on Tuesday evening with the Opening Night Reception at 5:30pm. Non-Expo attendees may also register for the workshop, just choose the "Non-Expo Attendee: Workshop, Summit, or Tour" option during registration ($5 additional fee applies for non-Expo attendees).


General Admission: $50
Coffee and a light breakfast will be included on the tour.
This tour is NOT pre-approved for CEU's. You are welcome to self-report your attendance.


We're excited to partner with the Green Building Alliance, the local tour host for our upcoming Living Product Expo 2016.

Nestled on the edge of Pittsburgh’s verdant Frick Park, participants of this tour will visit the latest building in Pittsburgh to pursue the Living Building Challenge: the Frick Environmental Center.

The Frick Environmental Center, the first municipally-owned Living Building Challenge targeted project in existence, will be a world-class center for experiential environmental education. As a joint venture between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the new Environmental Center will serve as a gateway to Frick Park—the city’s largest public park at 644-acres—and embody the “neighborhood to nature” ideal that served as inspiration for its formation more than 80-years ago.

The Frick Environmental Center encompasses nearly four-acres of development, including restored historic gatehouses and fountain; visitor parking; a service barn; extensive landscaping and ecological restoration; and the new Environmental Center. The entrance to the site, marked by a pair of stone gatehouses, leads to a formal allée of native trees and plantings. The new building, nestled into a sloping hillside, is approached via a walkway and bridge, which allows visitors to engage with the park beyond from the elevation of the tree canopy. The building’s exterior, clad in locally and sustainably harvested black locust, blends with the surrounding woods, evoking a tree house quality. Inside, full-height wood windows emanate warmth and allow for expansive views of the park. The 15,600-square-foot facility features a public living room and gallery; classrooms for K-12 environmental education programs operated by the Parks Conservancy; and offices, storage, and support space for Parks Conservancy staff.

Attendees will learn about the building and process of pursuing Living Building Challenge certification during a presentation and tour led by project team members.  In addition to the Environmental Center, we will have some extra time to walk through beautiful Frick Park and learn more about this 644 acre urban oasis. Coffee and a light breakfast will be included on the tour.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be included on the tour.

Whether you are a Pittsburgh resident or an out-of-towner attending the Living Product Expo, this tour offers an intriguing look at what it takes to pursue the Living Building Challenge certification. It’s particularly great for architects, engineers, designers, landscape architects, nature enthusiasts, educators and professionals interested in learning about the Living Building Challenge process.

8:30:  Depart from David L. Lawrence Convention Center
9:00:  Arrive at Frick Environmental Center; Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee
9:15:  Presentations and Q&A
9:45:  Tour of Frick Environmental Center
10:30:  Networking & time to explore Frick Park
11:30:  Depart for David L. Lawrence Convention Center
12:00: Arrive at the Convention Center

avatar for Robert Aumer

Robert Aumer

Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Robert began working for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 2001, and since then, has contributed his skills in design, planning and communication to many of the firm’s major university, corporate and cultural projects. Rob’s strengths lie in his ability to keep user and operation groups... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Olinzock

Maureen Olinzock

Sustainability Coordinator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Maureen Olinzock serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with government and the community... Read More →

Tuesday September 13, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm EDT
David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA