Pictured: Mayor Sal Panto, City of Easton; Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO, Da Vinci Science Center; Representative Robert Freeman, PA House of Representatives
ALLENTOWN, Pa. August 22, 2017 — The Da Vinci Science Center and the City of Easton announced Tuesday that they have selected EHDD Architects with Gyroscope, Inc. to develop a facility and exhibits master plan for Da Vinci Science City. EHDD is a globally recognized, award winning industry leader in the development of major science centers, aquariums, and sustainable design. Notable past projects include San Francisco’s Exploratorium at Pier 15 and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
EHDD architects are scheduled to make a presentation at each of the four public forums that the Science Center and the City of Easton will hold throughout Northampton County this week and next.
Plans for Da Vinci Science City include interactive science exhibits, live aquatic animal exhibits, a creativity studio, an immersion theater, a destination restaurant and event center, and the Da Vinci Experience, an interactive multimedia program about Leonardo da Vinci designed to spark curiosity and encourage visitors to discover their own “inner Da Vinci”. EHDD will lead the master-planning process, while Gyroscope will provide support in exhibit design and development.
“EHDD has extensive experience designing science centers, aquariums, and cultural attractions that serve communities well,” said Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center. “We look forward to working with EHDD and Gyroscope to develop a 21st century science center that takes full advantage of state-of-the-art technology, advanced building and construction techniques, and a one-of-a-kind site near the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers to bring science to life for residents of and tourists visiting the Lehigh Valley.”
“After following the Da Vinci Science Center project for the past couple of years, we are excited and honored to have been selected to partner with Lin and her team,” said Duncan Ballash, AIA, President of EHDD. “At our very core is a passion for creating projects that bring communities together for the greater good and environments that inspire learning and exploration.”
The selection of EHDD with Gyroscope, Inc. was made after a comprehensive and competitive request for proposal process in which sixteen firms submitted proposals.
The Da Vinci Science Center and the City of Easton concurrently announced their intention to extend the feasibility planning period from twelve to eighteen months as outlined in an amended Memorandum of Understanding.
“The selection of EHDD with Gyroscope, Inc. represents another significant step forward for Da Vinci Science City,” said City of Easton Mayor Sal Panto. “The extension will provide ample time for the design of a world-class facility that will fill residents of Easton and the Lehigh Valley with pride.”
The Da Vinci Science Center and the City of Easton have scheduled a series of four public forums to provide residents of Northampton County an opportunity to learn more about, ask questions, and offer feedback on the Da Vinci Science City project. EHDD architects are scheduled to make a presentation at each of the four public forums and participate in a breakout session in which members of the public can ask questions and offer feedback on the project.
Dates, times, and locations of the public forums are listed below:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017; 7:00-8:30 PM
Northeast Middle School (1170 Fernwood St, Bethlehem, PA 18018)
Thursday, August 24, 2017; 7:00-8:30 PM
George Wolf Elementary School (300 Allen St, Bath, PA 18014)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017; 7:00-8:30 PM
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (404 Broadway, Bangor, PA 18013)
Thursday, August 31, 2017; 7:00-8:30 PM
Paxinosa Elementary School (1221 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042)
Additional information on forum dates and locations can be found at davincisciencecityeaston.org.