Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion Celebrates First Anniversary with LEED Certification 

The Franklin Institute's award-winning Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion celebrates its first anniversary this weekend with an extraordinary milestone: official Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Adding to the growing list of LEED-certified commercial buildings and homes in Philadelphia, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion's eco-friendly design promotes renewable, clean energy while saving the Institute and the city money and valuable resources. In addition to providing much needed space for the many educational programs and initiatives the Institute is known for, the expansion costs less to operate and ensures that we also remain a responsible steward of the environment. LEED Silver certification for the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion was imagined long before we broke ground and is a tremendous achievement that would not have been possible without the dedication and advocacy of many.

The building's environmentally friendly architecture is just one of many aspects of the building that has received praise since the 53,000-square-foot project reached completion. On top of numerous award wins since unveiling the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, the Illuminating Engineering Society Philadelphia Section recently announced it would honor the building and our partner, the Lighting Practice, with the 2015 Philament Award for lighting design excellence. This accolade comes shortly after national recognition from prestigious organizations like the American Alliance of Museums, American Institute of Architects, and Architecture, Construction, Engineering Mentor Program. While these awards are appreciated, the impact the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion has had on our ability to expand outreach in the community is the most gratifying outcome of the project. 

Thank you for playing a crucial role in helping to reduce our environmental impact, and thank you for an unforgettable first year at the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion!

Your Brain Wins AAM Excellence In Exhibition Competition

Your Brain, The Franklin Institute’s newest and largest core exhibit, was recognized at the 2015 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting as a winner of their national Excellence in Exhibition Competition. This award, one of only four given in the country out of the 21,000 museums in the Alliance, places the Institute in prestigious company that spans the entire museum field: the other three winners were the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Developed by the Institute’s exhibit design team and funded by the Inspire Science campaign, Your Brain is the most expansive exhibition in the country dedicated to the most complex and misunderstood vital organ in our bodies. Featuring a one-of-a-kind neural climb centerpiece, a street scene filled with multi-sensory illusions, and more than 70 hands-on interactives, Your Brain’s sequential layout immerses visitors in an open dialogue spanning from cutting-edge brain science to neuroethics.

This exhibit award continues a winning streak for our 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which was presented with an American Institute of Architects award and just recently named Project of the Year by the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Institute is incredibly proud of these accomplishments and very grateful to all partners and supporters who helped to build this remarkable new space.

In keeping with our mission to inspire a passion for science and technology learning, we invite you to think about how you think. Call the Development Office at 215.448.1130 or Membership Office at 215.448.1200 (Option 2) to explore Your Brain today.

Lead Underwriter:

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Your Brain is located in the Frank Baldino, Jr. Gallery of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion.