Frankel announces $500,000 state grant for Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, today announced a $500,000 state grant to benefit the Carnegie Science Center with an expansion of its 25-year-old facility, including nine classrooms.

Frankel said the grant will help Carnegie Institute/Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh fund a 48,000-square-foot science center addition, including a traveling exhibits gallery, and space for special programs and events.

Also on tap, according to Frankel, is conversion of the film-based Omnimax theater to a giant-screen 3D digital theater, along with improvements to the main entry, group welcome center, café and riverfront – as well as new and refreshed exhibits and programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

“This is an exciting upgrade to one of our region’s finest attractions, and I’m pleased to see the state recognizing the Carnegie Science Center’s educational value and importance,” Frankel said. “This RACP grant will help ensure that the facility stays state-of-the art now, and for future generations. This will also help with encouraging STEM learning from a young age.”

Frankel thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for releasing the funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget, for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.

RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.