$18 Million Aviary Expansion
The National Aviary successfully concluded its $18.5 million Taking Flight capital campaign, and is now in the midst of the largest expansion and renovation project in its history. The sweeping makeover will revitalize the 56-year old facility, introduce new interactive programming venues, improve visitor amenities, and establish a stronger connection to surrounding Allegheny Commons park land.
The Helen M.Schmidt FliteZone Theatre roof will be designed as an outdoor, open-air Sky Deck will allow for falcon and bird-of-prey lure-flying demonstrations and special events. The project completion date is fall 2010.
In addition to the new exhibits and theatre space, a public café, classrooms, and a welcoming main entrance facing Arch Street are planned, and will greatly improve accessibility and the Aviary’s ability to service school groups, tours, and individual visitors.
“The reinvigorated facility will not only be a cultural gem for the people and families of Pittsburgh to enjoy, it will also become a leading destination for out-of-town visitors, furthering the Aviary’s national status and commitment to excellence,” says National Aviary Board Chairman Mike Flinn.
For more information on program sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeanne Minnicks, Director of Development at 412-323-7235, ext. 437, or by email.