The Da Vinci Science Center and Easton Mayor Sal Panto are hosting a public presentation of the Da Vinci Science City Facility and Exhibits Master Plan at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Easton City Hall.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.
The plan addresses site considerations for the facility and outlines the programs, exhibits, and visitor services that will create an inviting, exciting, and inspiring experience for visitors. Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, principal of EHDD Architects of San Francisco, will lead the presentation.
The Da Vinci Science City, which is planned to go at the corner of Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive, will have a core exhibit experience centered around three major themes: Science and Nature, Science and Technology, and Science and Me. Some highlights of the experience will include a 100-foot-tall walk through human body and a NatureDome where visitors can explore the forest at night.
The Facility and Exhibits Master Plan is the result of an intensive six-month effort between EHDD, an international architectural design firm; EMS Consulting, a museum planning firm; Gyroscope Inc., a creative design studio; the City of Easton; and Da Vinci Science Center staff.
“This Facilities and Exhibits Master Plan will bring a world-class Science Center to the Lehigh Valley,” said Devlin-Herbert. “Da Vinci Science City will be a tremendous resource for the community and a source of pride for local residents.”
“This marks another major milestone for the project,” said Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center. “Since we announced our partnership with the City of Easton in November 2016, we have raised more than $50 million toward our $130 million fundraising goal. We remain on schedule despite the tremendous demands of a project of this scale, and we fully intend to bring this project to fruition.”
“I believe people will be impressed,” said Easton Mayor Sal Panto. “I am excited about the newly completed Master Plan and the emphasis that it places on STEM learning through the NatureDome. Da Vinci Science City will be unlike anything else in the Mid-Atlantic region. It will deliver tremendous economic and educational value to residents of Easton and the Lehigh Valley. And with $50 million already committed, it is not a matter of if this project will happen, but when, and at what scale.”
The meeting will be held in City Council chambers in City Hall, 123 South Third Street, Easton, PA 18042.