PPG and PPG Foundation Contribute $7.5 Million for PPG Science Pavilion in Pittsburgh
New STEM education facility at Carnegie Science Center targeted to
open in 2018
PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG (NYSE:PPG) and the PPG Foundation today announced contributions to
Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh totaling $7.5 million. The largest
donation in the center’s history is earmarked for a new building that
will be named the PPG Science Pavilion. (NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional
materials associated with this announcement are available at http://newsroom.ppg.com/ppgsciencepavilion.)
Scheduled for completion in 2018, the PPG Science Pavilion will house
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning labs; a
two-story, 14,000-square-foot exhibitions gallery allowing for large
touring exhibitions; PointView Hall, a conference and event space
overlooking the city skyline; and new, expanded STEM education programs.
With nine classrooms including a wet lab, the PPG Science Pavilion will
enable Carnegie Science Center to offer more programs for children and
adults, such as day camps for students and professional-development
programs for teachers. The pavilion is the centerpiece of a more than
$35 million SPARK! Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, which was
launched in 2014.
“As we continue to invest in building our brand and supporting our
global headquarters community of Pittsburgh, we are excited to extend
our partnership with Carnegie Science Center,” said Bryan Iams, PPG vice
president, corporate and government affairs, and PPG Foundation vice
president. “Given our reliance on thousands of chemists, material
scientists and other STEM professionals to develop and deliver the
paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted
for more than 130 years, PPG sees firsthand the need for a skilled STEM
workforce. To meet this demand – and the challenges of the changing
world – we invest in resources like the PPG Science Pavilion that will
excite youth about STEM fields and encourage the next generation of
This expanded relationship provides additional benefits, including
enhanced STEM programming, an exhibit in Highmark® SportsWorks®, event
sponsorships and internal and external building signage throughout the
PPG Science Pavilion.
The PPG contributions expand a 36-year partnership that started in 1981
with the Carnegie Science Center’s predecessor organization, Buhl
Science Center. In more recent years, PPG has provided extensive support
for Carnegie Science Center’s Science on the Road educational outreach
program, which reaches more than 160,000 students annually, as well as
its STEM education programs.
“We are excited to deepen our relationship with PPG,” said Ann Metzger,
Henry Buhl Jr. co-director of Carnegie Science Center. “PPG’s interest
in STEM education aligns perfectly with the science center’s mission and
activities that will occur in our new PPG Science Pavilion expansion.
PPG and Carnegie Science Center are invested in the education, life and
career prospects of our children and the economic vitality of the
Metzger and Carnegie Science Center’s Henry Buhl Jr. Co-Director Ron
Baillie also announced that “The Art of the Brick” will be the inaugural
touring exhibit in the PPG Science Pavilion, from June through December
2018. The exhibit provides an engaging experience for all ages, with
artist Nathan Sawaya using LEGO® bricks as an art medium, transforming a
toy that almost every child has played with into contemporary art.
Sawaya will create a work specifically for the new PPG Science Pavilion.
“The new PPG Science Pavilion will enable us to expand our capabilities
to offer distance learning through video conferencing for rural schools
in remote areas, use our early learner classrooms to model best
practices in STEM for preschoolers, and provide camps and classes on
topics such as coding, cyber security and river chemistry,” Baillie
said. “All are topics relevant to the Pittsburgh economy.”
PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG
communities around the world, together donating nearly $10 million in
2016 to support hundreds of community organizations across 25 countries.
By investing in educational opportunities, PPG helps grow today’s
skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to
coatings and manufacturing. Plus, PPG empowers employees to multiply
their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their
volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com
and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity
by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making
science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase
science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers
in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of
Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science
exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually
through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education
programs. For more, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The
Andy Warhol Museum. In 2016, the museums reached more than 1.4 million
people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities,
and special events. For more, visit www.carnegiemuseums.org.
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At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints,
coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130
years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’
biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path
forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in
more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2016.
We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and
transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.
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