Some have said the only future for the Civic Arena is to demolish it, but are there other options?
Many believe that the Civic Arena could be preserved as an iconic piece of the City of Pittsburgh skyline. A recent CNN story documents how the City of Austin preserved the historic Palmer Auditorium. Instead of demolishing the building, the City instead chose to “remodel” and transform it into a state of the art new structure,reusing as many pieces as possible. In the end, 45 million pounds of debris were recycled and reused in the new building.
In 2005 Pittsburgh Architect David Julian Roth proposed a green alternative to the demolition of the Civic Arena. See Roth’s plan here. Another local architect, Rob Pfaffmann, has proposed a plan entitled “A Civic Renewal.” These proposals are just two examples of the possibilities for the Arena outside of demolition.
To learn more, or to get involved, join the Facebook group Reuse the Igloo.