Perspectives on a science center

the Carnegie in Pittsburgh

This article presents several perspectives on the Carnegie Science Center (CSC), a $40 million project on Pittsburgh's (Pennsylvania, United States) North Shore that was designed to serve as a major tourist attraction, entertainment complex, and facility to support science education in regional schools. From the marketing perspective, some of the challenges to project success were the difficulties in securing funds, coordinating all the stakeholders, and arriving at a finalized design. The architect struggled to design a state-of-the-art facility that respected the site and recognized established cost constraints, as well as met structural, functional, and aesthetic requirements. The general contractor's perspective focused on the careful planning needed to work with varied types of structural members and meet the complex design requirements of the planetarium and OMNIMAX Theater. Several children who visited the Center also offered perspectives about the learning experiences they enjoyed in the finished facility.
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