Mahesh Basantani

Three PNC Plaza: Pittsburgh's Shining Green Skyscraper

by , 08/21/08

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Pittsburgh will soon see the completion of its first skyscraper to be constructed in 20 years. Dubbed Three PNC Plaza, the structure will be situated in downtown Pittsburgh and will be one of the largest environmentally sustainable mixed-use high-rises in the United States. The glossy green superstructure will employ a variety of sustainable strategies and is aiming for LEED certification.


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What could be a better prologue to my upcoming visit to Pittsburgh than writing about a new green skyscraper scheduled to open in 2009!

The 23-storey structure will comprise 780,000 square feet and will feature office space, 28 condominiums, a restaurant, retail space, underground parking, and a Fairmont Hotel. The front of the plaza will feature a large public park, and the top 10 floors will be occupied by the hotel. The 100,000-square-foot underground parking will take up 3 stories, and provide 330 parking spaces.

The building integrates several green design features, and is being built to meet the USGBC‘s LEED standards. The building will take advantage of high-performance glazing, energy-efficient HVAC systems and low-emission materials to create an environmentally friendly interior. Material recycling will be an integral part of the construction, and the new skyscraper will incorporate materials reclaimed from the old buildings it is replacing.

The Three PNC Plaza began construction in August 2006 and is scheduled to completed early next year, with the opening ceremony to coincide with the 250th birthday of the city. The project has been designed by Gensler in collaboration with Astorino and Paladino & Company.

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4 Comments

  1. PGHPA611 PGHPA611 October 24, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Pittsburgh is reinventing itself, with over 10 million visitors a year , the secret is getting out. Pittsburgh with its colleges, universities, world class hospitals and museums are calling attention to this corporate eadquarter city. A conventioners dream city, affordable , enjoyable and entertaining this city has it all. Come to Pittsburgh , you just may find yourself calling it home.

  2. PGHPA611 October 24, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Whats the Buzz?? The Buzz is a city is reborn…. Pittsburgh one of The Worlds Heaviest Industralized Centers once left for dead has evolved into a World Class City with too many amenities to list. This city is in constant flux reinventing itself nearly every day. With development at every level the city is attracting attention from the eyes of the world. What does this mean to you , if you haven\\\’t had the privilage of visiting Pittsburgh recently don\\\’t wait , don\\\’t hesitate come today!!!! You just may find yourself caling Pittsburgh your new home.

  3. owliesun August 22, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Before landing here I was a skeptic for sure; but as a relatively new (3 years on now!) Pittsburgh resident, I am proud to say that this little city is not nearly the dark and dingy, smoked out steel town it once was. We have a considerable amount of LEED certified buildings, over 52 fresh air farmers markets sprinkled around town, tons of running/biking trails along the rivers, kayaking on the rivers, breweries abound, and a pretty rad little art scene! (come see Werner Hertzog’s new film Encounters at the End of the World) For an urban center the trees and greens abound; and with such beautiful and modern structures juxtaposed against the Art Deco architecture of Carnegie, Mellon, and Frick the urban landscape is quite something to appreciate. We’ll be glad to welcome you here!

  4. mike016256 August 21, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Yey! Something exciting for a Carnegie Mellon architecture student!!

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