Construction is underway for Allentown’s new education facility, the Da Vinci Science Center at PPL Pavilion. The 67,000 sq. ft. facility will be an educational resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) learning and career development. The $80 million project will feature 30,000 sq. ft. of STEAM interactive exhibits, an 8,600 sq. ft. STEAM learning center, demonstration theater, courtyard, and other amenities1. Located in the heart of Downtown Allentown, the Da Vinci Center is expected to be within a mile’s walking distance for 52,000 residents & students. Scheduled to open to the public in 2024, it is forecasted that the Center will attract over 400,000 visitors, generate over $33 million in annual economic output, and create 487 full-time jobs1. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, visitors of all ages will experience immersive learning as well as educating and inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in STEAM.
The Science Center assembled a talented team for this project including Barry Isett & Associates, MKSD Architects, and Alvin H. Butz (Construction Manager). The Isett team is providing a variety of services including Civil & Structural Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Consulting, and Survey.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on April 22nd, 2022. Hundreds of residents and state figures including Governor Tom Wolf attended the ceremony to celebrate the next phase of construction.