The Da Vinci Science Center and the City of Easton have selected EHDD Architects with Gyroscope, Inc. to develop its proposed 170,000-square-foot “Science City”.
EHDD is an award winning industry leader in the development of major science centers, aquariums, and sustainable design. Their past projects include San Francisco’s Exploratorium at Pier 15.
Gyroscope has designed exhibits at museums including the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Minnesota Children’s Museum and Chicago Children’s Museum, according to their website.
EHDD architects will present at each of the four public forums hosted by the Science Center and the City of Easton across Northampton County over the fortnight.
Plans for the Science City are expansive. There will be interactive science exhibits, live aquatic animal exhibit as well as a creativity studio and an immersion theater. The city will also contain a destination restaurant and event center.
The Science City will also boast the Da Vinci Experience, an interactive and multimedia program about Leonardo da Vinci. It is designed to spark the curiosity of visitors and encourage to find their own “inner Da Vinci”.
EHDD will lead the master-planning process, while Gyroscope will provide support in exhibit design and development.
“A one-of-a-kind site”
Lin Erickson, Executive Director and CEO of the Da Vinci Science Center, says: “EHDD has extensive experience designing science centers, aquariums, and cultural attractions that serve communities well.”
“We look forward to working with EHDD and Gyroscope to develop a 21st century science center that takes full advantage of state-of-the-art technology, advanced building and construction techniques, and a one-of-a-kind site near the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers to bring science to life for residents of and tourists visiting the Lehigh Valley.”
Duncan Ballash, AIA, President of EHDD, says: “after following the Da Vinci Science Center project for the past couple of years, we are excited and honored to have been selected to partner with Lin and her team.”
“At our very core is a passion for creating projects that bring communities together for the greater good and environments that inspire learning and exploration.”
Da Vinci Science City is expected to attract over 600,000 visitors a year and create 200 permanent full-time equivalent jobs. The intention is to appoint local residents where possible. Estimates suggest the new complex will generate $100 million in total economic activity each year.