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SPRINGBOARD To Lead Dialogue on National Aviary Expansion at NYC Center For Architecture

The National Aviary, located in Pittsburgh, PA, recently completed an $18.5 million expansion and renovation project that illustrates a constructive approach between Architect and Client – one which balanced creative exploration and pragmatism. For more than two years, Architect Paul Rosenblatt AIA of Springboard Design and client, National Aviary Executive Director Patrick Mangus worked closely together to lead their teams on the expansion after developing the project slowly for many years. The result is an aesthetically ambitious building that was completed on time and under budget while also meeting the client’s complex real-life requirements, including Silver LEED certification. Join us at the Center for Architecture  in New York City for a stimulating dialogue about the project, process and successful collaboration between an architect and a client who are still talking to each other after the project is over.

The National Aviary, is the nation’s only nonprofit, free-standing indoor facility wholly dedicated to avian exhibition and conservation. With a mission to “inspire a respect for nature through an appreciation of birds,” the organization is involved in a host of activities ranging from citizen science to conservation research. As a result of their recent expansion and renovation, the institution has expanded its public programming from the traditional exhibit-based zoo experience by adding unique visitor-centric avian interactions, including an indoor free-flight bird show and an outdoor raptor exhibition.

About the Speakers
Patrick Mangus is the Executive Director of the National Aviary, Pittsburgh, PA.. Prior to becoming its Executive Director, Mr. Mangus served as the National Aviary’s Chief Operating Officer. A 30 year veteran of the public relations industry and a corporate marketing expert , Mr. Mangus is a member of the PRSA Hall of Fame.

Paul Rosenblatt AIA is the Founding Principal of Springboard Design, Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, Mr. Rosenblatt’s award-winning practice focuses on the planning and design of cultural and educational facilities nation-wide. Recent projects include the Backus Museum of Art in Fort Pierce, FL the Maridon Museum, Butler, PA, and the Carnegie Mellon Tartans Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA.

When: TBA

Where: At The New York Center for Architecture

Note: This event had been previously scheduled but was postponed due to unfavorable weather. 

Tentative plans are to re-schedule for Fall, 2011. Stay Tuned!