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Tower Talk

Published by The PNC Financial Services Group, Tower Talk provides insights on the construction of The Tower at PNC Plaza and defines what it is to be the greenest SkyRiseSM in the world.

PNC Building Green
From finding creative ways to use recycled materials to conserving energy at our branches to developing smarter ways to bank, PNC does more than provide our customers and employees greener choices. We provide them with greener banks. PNC has more than 200 LEED-certified buildings, including more newly constructed LEED-certified buildings than any company on Earth.

  • Green Branch
    In 2002 PNC became the first major bank to apply green building standards to all newly constructed or renovated retail branch offices. In 2007 PNC Bank extended its leadership with the trademark of the "Green Branch" term.
  • Three PNC Plaza - Pittsburgh, PA
    Opened in 2009, Three PNC plaza extended the company’s downtown Pittsburgh campus and expanded upon its award-winning commitment to green building practices. The 23 story building is one of the largest LEED® Certified mixed-use building in the United States, and includes a 4-star hotel, offices, condominiums and retail space. Adjacent to Three PNC Plaza, at the corner of 5th and Liberty Avenues, is PNC Triangle Park. Serving as a gateway to the city’s south entrance, the green space is an 8,000 square foot, pet-friendly park with bench seating and drought-resistant plantings.
  • Firstside Center - Pittsburgh, PA
    At nearly 650,000 square feet, the equivalent of 12 football fields, Firstside Center opened in 2000 as the largest LEED® Certified building in the world and the first certified under LEED® 2.0. Across the street is Firstside Park. Opened in 2007 it stands on the site of a deconstructed former public safety building for the City of Pittsburgh. The winding paths, benches and numerous trees stand atop 2,500 tons of recycled concrete from the deconstruction.
  • 500 Smithfield Street - Pittsburgh, PA
    In 2013 PNC gave new life to a long-vacant historic building in downtown Pittsburgh that dates back to 1924 and originally housed Mellon Bank's headquarters.

    As one of Pittsburgh's largest green historic preservation projects, PNC not only preserved the building's architectural and historical significance, but also incorporated LED lights, occupancy sensors and ENERGY STAR appliances, all of which are expected to significantly reduce energy consumption and costs. The former banking hall now houses approximately 700 PNC employees, who enjoy an open workspace and artifacts dating back to 1924. It’s the perfect example of respecting the past and embracing the future.

Fact Sheet
  • Building Facts
    Location: Downtown Pittsburgh; Adjacent to PNC Plaza; at corner of Fifth and Wood Streets
    Size: Approximately 800,000 gross square feet
    Parking Garage: Multi-story underground garage
    Construction Budget: Approximately $240 million
    Economic Impact: Construction to employ 2,500 people with 500 at peak times
  • Working Together
    Owner: PNC Bank, National Association
    Design Architect: Gensler - Pittsburgh Office
    Construction Manager: P.J. Dick
    Structural & MEP Engineer: Buro Happold
    Sustainability Consultant: Paladino & Company
    Tenant: PNC and street level retail
    Developer: PNC Realty Services
  • Growing Green
    PNC is incorporating ground-breaking technology and design strategies, seeking to develop the greenest building in the world and to exceed the requirements of LEED Platinum®, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC®) highest certification rating.

    To define what is beyond LEED Platinum®, PNC's project team has three aspirational goals:

    • Community Builder: Support Pittsburgh's existing infrastructure, spur further development and business growth downtown and positively accentuate the skyline as a symbol of PNC's commitment to the city's sustainable future.
    • Workplace Innovator: Attract tomorrow's leaders to Pittsburgh by utilizing innovative space planning and building systems that promote collaboration and productivity, and set the bar for a healthy indoor environment.
    • Climate Responder: Tune to Pittsburgh's climate by aggressively pursuing strategies and technologies that minimize resource use and maximize renewable energy opportunities.

    PNC's design team has implemented the following technologies:

    • A solar chimney will facilitate natural ventilation and help reduce overall energy consumption.
    • Optimally oriented building facades, operable windows, occupancy-based heating and cooling systems and other state of the art energy reduction technologies.
    • Rain water collection, water reuse, and retention systems that significantly reduce water use.
  • Building Green
    • The Tower at PNC Plaza is expected to be PNC's third major LEED® Certified project in downtown Pittsburgh and is expected to exceed LEED Platinum®.
    • PNC Firstside Center at 650,000 square feet opened in 2000 as the largest LEED® Certified building in the world and the first certified under LEED® 2.0.
    • Three PNC Plaza, which is among the nation's largest mixed-use green buildings and is LEED® Gold®
    • 500 Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh is the home of the former Mellon Bank headquarters and was renovated to LEED standards by PNC. PNC retained the building's historical significance and created a healthy work environment for approximately 700 employees.
    • USGBC® has recognized PNC for constructing more new LEED® Certified buildings than any other company in the world.
    • PNC has built two parks in downtown Pittsburgh for the enjoyment of employees and the community, Firstside Park and Triangle Park.
  • Preliminary Schedule
    Design Phase Began – April 2011
    Construction Begins – Spring 2012
    Open for Business – Fall 2015

The Tower at PNC Plaza Rising 33 stories near the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, The Tower at PNC Plaza opened in October 2015 as PNC’s new corporate headquarters. The building, which will host more than 2,000 employees, represents the innovative and pioneering spirit of Pittsburgh and PNC’s commitment to that community. Incorporating state-of-the-art green technology, including a double-skin façade and solar chimney, the tower was designed to exceed LEED Platinum certification and to be the greenest office tower in the world.