Carnegie Science Center Expansion Plans
Friends of the Zeiss
News
2003 to Present

Annual News Updates for 2003 December:
Buhl Planetarium and Carnegie Library


News Articles Regarding The Carnegie Science Center ---
Cancellation of Proposed $90 Million Expansion Project
Proposed 2016 Expansion Project
Related Development News

Information and News Reports Regarding
Demolition of Miller Printing Building / Carnegie Museums Warehouse
For Erection of Elevated Light Rail Transit Station

Carnegie Science Center (CSC) Master Development Plan (MDP) ---
Draft - 2016 September (.pdf file - Carnegie Science Center MDP begins on page 35 and ends on page 100 of 224-page .pdf document)
Draft - 2008 September 2 (.pdf file: 4 megabytes) (Removed from City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission Internet web site)

Gormly, Kellie B. "Carnegie Science Center expansion underway."
TribLive.com: Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2017 March 13.

Highfield, David. "Big Changes Underway At Science Center, Including New Robot That Can Shoot Hoops."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2017 March 1.

Skirtich, Ed. "Northside attractions help Pittsburgh gain worldwide recognition."
The Northside Chronicle 2017 Feb. 22.
Carnegie Science Center

The Science Center is currently underway with construction for the Science Pavilion expansion, which will be home to 6,000 square feet of STEM Learning Labs and act as a regional hub for teacher professional development activities. There will also be a 14,000 square-foot Special Exhibition Gallery above the STEM labs that will bring world-class traveling exhibits to the city.

Murphy, Kara. "Pittsburgh lives up to new nickname, Kidsburgh."
GoErie.com 2017 Feb. 19.
We got to the city mid-day Friday and headed straight for the four-floor Carnegie Science Center. The center, opened in 1991, is perched over the Ohio River on Pittsburgh's north shore. It is in the process of a $21 million expansion, which will include 14,000 additional feet of exhibit space when it is completed in spring 2018.
The next day we were off to the Children's Museum, also on Pittsburgh's north side...We all went "wow" when we turned a corner and found the "Garage," a former planetarium repurposed into a cavernous room of creative play.
We traveled from the museum to the Duquesne Incline, which the kids had watched go up and down the hill the day before from the windows of the Science Center.
By then, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History was getting ready to open and we squeezed what could have been easily an entire day of learning into two hours. The full-sized dinosaur skeletons were awesome, and the kids enjoyed getting hands-on time as paleontologists at the Bonehunters Quarry.
We also speed-walked through the adjoining Carnegie Museum of Art, with my 5-year-old tugging me forward chanting "this is boring, this is boring."

"Plans for Rivers Casino hotel approved."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Feb. 8.

Schooley, Tim. "Planning Commission approves $51.5 million casino hotel."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2017 Feb. 7.

Morrow, Christian. "Rivers Casino proposes $51M hotel."
Pittsburgh Courier 2017 Feb. 3.

"Rivers Casino Outlines Plans For $51.5 Million Hotel."
KDKA-TV 2, Pittsburgh 2017 Jan. 25.

Belko, Mark. "Rivers Casino aims for 4-diamond rating for new hotel, bringing jobs along with it."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Jan. 25.

Bauder, Bob. "Rivers Casino wants to build $51.5M 'four diamond' luxury hotel in Pittsburgh."
TribLive.com: Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2017 Jan. 24.

Biller, Rob. "Go west, not east, with the Rivers Casino hotel." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Jan. 24.

Belko, Mark. "Rivers Casino plans to build $35 million hotel."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2017 Jan. 20.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Science Center Addition Omits Historic Telescope."
Public Statement Before Allegheny County Council.
Friends of the Zeiss 2016 Nov. 22.

Berger, Larry. Radio Interview Regarding 75th Anniversary of Buhl Planetarium Observatory. Audio: Radio Interview.
Saturday Light Brigade Radio Program: NeighborhoodVoices.org 2016 November 19.
Larry Berger, host of the Saturday Light Brigade children's / family radio program, interviewed Glenn A. Walsh on the
75th anniversary of the Astronomical Observatory of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of
Popular Science, which was dedicated on 1941 November 19.

Walsh, Glenn A. "75th Anniversary: America's 5th Public Observatory." Blog-Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2016 Nov. 19.
75th anniversary of The People's Observatory of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science, including the rather unique 10-inch Siderostat-Type Refractor Telescope.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Science Center Addition Omits Historic Telescope."
Public Statement Before Pittsburgh City Council.
Friends of the Zeiss 2016 Nov. 14.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Science Center Addition Omits Historic Telescope."
Public Statement Before Special Board Meeting of the Allegheny Regional Asset District Board of Directors.
Friends of the Zeiss 2016 Nov. 9.

Horn, Alyse. "Science Center holds celebration for new expansion."
The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh 2016 Nov. 3.

Grough, Paul J., and Patty Tascarella. "Five things to know today, and what might be coming to former Macy's downtown." Column.
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 Oct. 26.
Carnegie Science Center breaks ground on expansion
The Carnegie Science Center officially started the construction of its Science Pavilion with a ceremony Tuesday that included Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and others who watched a planned liquid-nitrogen explosion for the groundbreaking.

Crawley, Dave. "Science Center Holds “Ground-Booming” For New Expansion Project." Text and Video Report.
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 25.

Henry, Maya. "Carnegie Science Center expansion adds a new riverfront experience, event space and classrooms."
NextPittsburgh.com 2016 Oct. 11.

Behrman, Elizabeth. "From casino to science center, North Shore abuzz with more projects."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 11.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Proposed Carnegie Science Center Addition Omits Historic Telescope." Blog-Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2016 Oct. 6.

Behrman, Elizabeth. "Buhl Planetarium telescope excluded from science center's expansion plans."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 6.

Nelson Jones, Diana. "Planning Commission OKs plan to expand Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 October 5.
The end of the article discusses Mr. Walsh's public statement before the City Planning Commission.

Schooley, Tim. "Science Center expansion, 3 Crossings final building approved."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 Oct. 4.

"Minutes of the Meeting of October 4, 2016 Beginning at 2:00 p.m." Meeting Minutes.
City Planning Commission, City of Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 4.
Brief summary of comments by Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh (Page 6) and The Carnegie Science Center Co-Director Ron Baillie (Page 7) regarding failure of Carnegie Science Center expansion plan to include installation of historic 10-inch Siderostat-Type Refractor Telescope from original Buhl Planetarium, as promised to City of Pittsburgh in Memorandum of Understanding.

Walsh, Glenn A. Science Center Master Plan: Siderostat Observatory Missing."
Public Statement Before the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission.
Friends of the Zeiss 2016 Oct. 4.

Meeting Agenda, Pittsburgh City Planning Commission
City of Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 4.
Hearing and Action - Item "3": Proposed addition to The Carnegie Science Center.

"PROPOSED SCIENCE CENTER ADDITION OMITS HISTORIC TELESCOPE."
News Release Regarding Public Statement of Glenn A. Walsh Before the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission.
Friends of the Zeiss 2016 Oct. 4.

Metzger, Ann M. and Ronald J. Baillie. "Advancing STEM excellence." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Oct. 2.

"Tuesday takes." Column: Tuesday takes
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Sept. 27.

Metzger, Ann M. and Ronald J. Baillie. "STEM improves education for all." Letter-to-the-Editor.
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Sept. 21.

Belko, Mark. "Carnegie Science Center expansion plans detailed."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 Sept. 21.

"Morning update: Pregnancy meds, big science and nowhere to run." Column: Morning update.
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 Sept. 20.

Meeting Agenda, Pittsburgh City Planning Commission
City of Pittsburgh 2016 Sept. 20.
Briefing session - Item "c" of briefing: Proposed addition to The Carnegie Science Center.

Schooley, Tim. "Carnegie Science Center plans to start new pavilion next month."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 Sept. 16.

Alvino, Virginia. "Army Corps Recommends Restoring Ecosystem On Pittsburgh's North Shore."
WESA-FM 90.5 Pittsburgh 2016 June 3.

Gough, Paul J. "Hearing planned June 9 on North Shore riverfront development."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 June 3.

Hopey, Don. "Report recommends restoration of riverbank near Carnegie Science Center."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 June 2.

"Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh seeks funding for expansion."
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2016 April 20.

Hartmans, Avery. "Carnegie Science Center launches $34.5M campaign to expand programming, build pavilion."
Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 April 20.

Lindstrom, Natasha. "Carnegie Science Center expanding exhibit capacity."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 April 20.

Daly, Jill. "Carnegie Science Center raising funds for major expansion."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2016 April 20.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Museum & Library Workers Seek Better Treatment." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2014 Feb. 27.

Pitz, Marylynne. "Carnegie Science Center expansion plan stumbles out of the gate."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014 Feb. 18.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Science Center Master Plan: Siderostat Observatory Missing."
Public Statement Before the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission.
Friends of the Zeiss 2008 Sept. 23.
Also see: PAT Purchases and Will Demolish Science Center Warehouse, Where Historic Buhl Planetarium Artifacts are Stored, including Siderostat Telescope.

Belko, Mark. "Science Center unveils expansion plan."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Sept. 10.

"Carnegie Science Center unveils expansion plans."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Sept. 11.

Belko, Mark. "Science Center unveils expansion plans."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Sept. 9.

* 2007 April 8 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Science Center reinventing itself
By Ed Blazina

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2004 April 2:
Carnegie's Brown out after 11 years
Library, museums' president says decision was his own

By Marylynne Pitz and Patricia Lowry

Regarding the surprise resignation of the President of Carnegie Institute and of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. In article, it talks about 2003 Carnegie layoffs and the diminshed possibility of a Science Center expansion.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2003 November 20:
Carnegie close to settling with architect Nouvel
By Patricia Lowry

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2003 November 19:
Fired architect might keep $1 million
By Bill Zlatos

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2003 May 14:
Science center drops French architect as price outraces budget
Nouvel's design for expansion too costly

By Patricia Lowry, Post-Gazette Architecture Critic

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2003 May 14:
Museums break pact for science center work
By Mike Wereschagin