- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A more than 15,000-square foot center is set to open in Pittsburgh where visitors can learn about the environment in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility.

The Frick Environmental Center - a project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the city - will open to the public Saturday morning. Activities include free tours, samplings of environmental education programs, music and entertainment, and food trucks.

The three-story building replaces a classroom that burned down in 2002. It has adult and child-sized entrance doors, indoor and outdoor classrooms, a community gathering and reception area and conservancy office space.

The building - which has solar-powered carports and geothermal heating - is designed to collect as much energy and water as it uses.

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