Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle State Park (2006 Commonwealth Award Winner)

Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
Public Infrastructure Projects

The former site of a drive-in movie theatre has found a second act in the form of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and is the new 3-mile multi-purpose gateway to Presque Isle State Park. The 12-acre site in Millcreek Township, Erie County, was chosen to reinforce the park’s connection to the city of Erie, lengthen visitor stay by offering interpretive programs, and develop collaborative relationships with regional research and education organizations.  The Center, comprising 63,000 square feet on two floors, boasts exhibition areas, a 75-foot observation tower affording views of Lake Erie, an orientation theatre, gift shop, café and regional offices for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and laboratories.  The Center has a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver rating pending. 

Bronze Award