Collections, Master Planning, Museums, Sustainable Design
Schwartz/Silver was engaged to complete an institutional master plan for the collections and estate of Helen Clay Frick in Pittsburgh. The first phase of the master plan, the Orientation Center, is now complete, and the second phase, the expansion of the Frick Education Center and Car & Carriage Galleries, collection storage areas, and the addition of a new Community Center, is under construction.
The Orientation Center is a glass-walled, 3000 sf, building that provides a gathering point for tours, interactive displays for exploring the Frick and its collections, as well as visitor amenities such as the Museum Store and learning lounge. The building’s roof changes in pitch to reflect the shifting scale of buildings on campus, while detailing such as the herringbone laid tile flooring and cherrywood slatted ceiling treatment reference materials from Clayton, the museum’s historic estate.
The Frick Orientation Center is targeted for LEED Silver Certification.
Associate Architect: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
PA Office of the First Lady, September 19, 2014: First Lady Susan Corbett Visits Frick Art & Historical Center; Announces the Release of Economic Growth Initiative Grant for Renovation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 16, 2014: Welcome to the Frick: New Orientation Center Opens
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2014: New visitor center makes the Frick more welcoming