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Da Vinci Science Center plans Easton waterfront site


Da Vinci Science Center is hiring design teams to advance the Science City project along the Easton waterfront area.

The Science Center of Allentown, the nonprofit that is building the museum, has hired a Philadelphia consulting firm, Becker & Frondorff, to oversee the project.

The museum is proposed for the former location of the Days Inn, near the entrance of Route 611 to the city, which was purchased and razed by the City of Easton.

The Da Vinci Science City, which is planned, will have exhibits focused on health care, manufacturing, technology and nature.

Lin Erickson, executive director and CEO of Da Vinci Science Center, said the group is in the process of interviewing local and national architectural teams.

EHDD Architects of San Francisco has completed the conceptual design.

The estimated cost of the project is $127 million. Yeet to come is a contract between the science center and Easton regarding development of the 2-acre site.

Groundbreaking is expected in 2020 and completion two years later.