Springboard Design was the Architect for the National Aviary’s $18 million expansion and renovation project, located on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The 56-year old National Aviary renovated approximately 50,000 sf of the existing facility, and upgraded major portions of the existing infrastructure.
The expansion and renovation creates an iconic and welcoming group entry which reflects the organization’s function as a cultural institution that houses and celebrates birds – in fact, the building was the first building in the City of Pittsburgh to be explicitly bird friendly. Programmatically, the design includes a new Lobby Pavilion, the Helen Schmidt Flitezone Theater, an Education Center, Rooftop Raptor Theater, Bird Holding Facilities, and a new Cafe. The design integrates the new structures with the existing to create a more unified and cohesive visitor experience.
The project was designed to be a green building with an environmental construction goal of a LEED Silver rating.