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Point State Park Fountain

Pittsburgh, PA

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The Point State Park Fountain, dedicated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1974, is an iconic landmark of Pittsburgh and is located right at the tip of downtown, at the "point" where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River. It is located in Point State Park, a national historic landmark hosting more than three million visitors annually.

Project Type

Private Development

Project Service

Design Services

Status

Completed 2013

Architect

Herbert Rowland Gubric

Project Amenities

In 2009, the fountain was closed for extensive renovations due to equipment deficiencies. The $11.6 million fountain project took six years to complete and was its first major overhaul in almost 40 years. The renovation was supported by a combination of state funds as well as business and private donations.

Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to provide aquatic engineering services for the renovation of the 150 ft. tall fountain. Renovations included:

  •  500,000 gallons of recirculated water
  • LED lighting with programmable controller operating multiple lighting colors and programs for night lighting and special events
  • Pumping  equipment with automated controls to adjust waterfall operations to respond to environmental wind speeds
  • Infinity  edge waterfall which visually connects the pool at the fountain’s base with the rivers’ confluence to appear as one continuing body of water.

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