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In Pittsburgh, PA this week, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens unveiled the Exhibit Staging Center (ESC), a facility that showcases the latest advancements in green building technology. Formerly an old public works building, ESC was transformed from a dilapidated space on a former brownfield into a safe, healthy environment for people, plants and animals.
Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; and to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research. The Phipps site encompasses 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 indoor and outdoor gardens, and sustainable architecture and operations.
May 16, 2019 marked the opening of the ESC, as over 500 attendees were among the first to tour the state-of-the-art facility at the Big Green Block Party event.