Environmental Charter School*

Pittsburgh, PA

Environmental Charter Schools (“ECS”) prevailed through a multi-year charter approval process to more than double the number of students it serves. ECS will accommodate this increase in student population by renovating the former Rogers School building into a state-of-the-art facility for grades six through nine in the East Liberty neighborhood.

Through the acquisition and reuse of the Rogers School building, built in 1914 and vacant since 2003, ECS was able to provide their community with grades 6 through 9—while facing an already growing student population. With the addition of the ECS middle school, more than 500 students receive access to a better education than currently available in neighborhood schools, which are ranked D or F by the State. Compared to nearby schools, 42 to 47 percent more of students at ECS reach a proficient or advanced level in math and 39 to 58 percent more of students reach a proficient or advanced level in English. The double-weighted lottery for students who receive free and reduced lunch also increases the accessibility of higher-quality education at ECS.

The school is located a few blocks from the center of the Larimer/East Liberty Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) boundary. This Project allowed ECS to keep expanding within the neighborhood, with a future high school in the pipeline, and supports the CNI goal of comprehensive community development.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Quick Facts 

Square Footage: 51,617 SF

Total Investment: $14,167,398

Developer/Owner: East End Development Partners, LP

Allocatees: MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives

NMTC Equity Investor: PNC

Architect: Wildman Chalmers Design

Direct lender and leverage lender: First National Bank of Pennsylvania

Projected Construction Jobs: 28 FTEs

Projected Permanent Jobs: 60 FTEs

Community Partner(s): East End Neighborhood Employment Center, East Liberty Development, Inc., Bloomfield Garfield, Kingsley Association, Urban Strategies, Negley Place Association Western PA Conservancy, TreeVitalize, Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority