New PNC Headquarters to Feature Glass for Performance and Aesthetics

Glass will be a defining element in what PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has dubbed “the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper.” Earlier this year the Pittsburgh-based company announced plans to construct the Tower at PNC Plaza, which will be its new headquarters. It will be located on the Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street, the same intersection where PNC has been headquartered for more than 150 years. A 2015 completion is expected for the 40-story tower, designed by Gensler.

The Tower at PNC Plaza will feature a double glass façade designed to enhance energy efficiency by reducing cooling costs and allowing natural airflow to the building. The building will also be oriented to take advantage of sunlight in workspaces, reducing the need for artificial light during the day. In addition, the design team is currently exploring fuel cells, solar panels, geothermal systems and other alternative power generation sources that will help reduce carbon emissions.

At approximately 800,000 square feet, once completed the new Tower at PNC Plaza will be PNC’s largest building in Pittsburgh. Erecting the planned $400 million Tower is expected to also create 2,500 construction jobs, with 500 workers at a time on the site during peak periods.

PNC opened its first green building in 2000. At that time, the 650,000 square foot PNC Firstside Center, on Pittsburgh’s First Avenue, was the largest LEED-certified building in the world.

Also designed by Gensler, in 2010 PNC opened Three PNC Plaza, on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh, a LEED-certified mixed use buildings. The glassy 3 PNC Plaza is a 752,000-square-foot, 23-story, mixed-used high-rise that features about 4,000 pre-glazed frames. The project features PPG’s Solarban 70 XL, which was fabricated by Trulite and installed by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.