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THE TOWER AT PNC PLAZA
THE GREENEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD
The Tower at PNC Plaza is a skyscraper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the corporate headquarters of the PNC
Financial Services Group and has approximately 800,000 square feet, standing 33 stories (545 feet) tall. Nearby
buildings totaling 37,000 square feet, were purchased by PNC and deconstructed to make space for the Tower at PNC
Plaza. The project was estimated to cost $400 million when announced in 2011 (or $421 million today).
Construction began in spring of 2012 and was completed in October 2015. The tower is one of the greenest high-rises
ever built, and even exceeds the current criteria for a LEED Platinum certified building. The Tower features numerous
sustainable attributes such as an operable double-skin facade, an onsite grey water reuse system, locally sourced
building materials, fixtures and furniture made from recycled materials, and numerous other green strategies to
substantially reduce the environmental impact of the building. Some of these features enable the Tower's heating and
cooling systems to operate in a "net-zero-energy state" up to 30% of the year. This is accomplished by its innovative
solar chimney, which creates a stack effect through the core of the building to ventilate excess heat without the need
for mechanical ventilation. The Tower's sloped roof acts as a solar collector and is positioned facing south.
THE LOBBY
The Beacon in The Tower at PNC Plaza atrium displays a visual interpretation
of the building's environmental conditions on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
300 Fifth Avenue - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Looking Out From the Lobby
The Tower Officially Opened on October 2, 2015
The Building's Control Room
The Conference Room
The Shades Automatically Adjust to Maximize Natural Lighting
SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO STEVE STEMBERGER
MECHANICAL OPERATOR OF THE PNC TOWER FOR THE PERSONALIZED TOUR!