Tower at PNC Plaza

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Tower at PNC Plaza
Tower at PNC Plaza as seen at Fifth at Wood in 2016.jpg
The Tower at PNC seen from the intersection at Fifth Ave at Wood St.
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 300 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′25″N 80°00′01″W / 40.44025°N 80.00017°W / 40.44025; -80.00017Coordinates: 40°26′25″N 80°00′01″W / 40.44025°N 80.00017°W / 40.44025; -80.00017
Construction started 2012
Completed 2015
Opening October 2, 2015
Cost $400 million
Owner PNC Financial Services Group
Management PNC Realty Services
Height
Roof 545'
Technical details
Floor count 33
Floor area 800,000 sq ft (74,322 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Gensler
Developer PNC Financial Services Group
Main contractor PJ Dick

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 (74,000 m2), standing 33 stories (545 feet) tall.[1][2] Nearby buildings totaling 37,000 square feet (3,400 m2), were purchased by PNC and deconstructed to make space for the Tower at PNC Plaza.[3][4] The project was estimated to cost $400 million when announced in 2011 (or $426 million today).[5]

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.[6][7] 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 tower's "topping off" ceremony was held Tuesday, June 24, 2014 with William Demchak, PNC chairman, president and CEO, and Gary Saulson, director of corporate real estate hosting it on site.[8] The tower officially opened on October 2, 2015[9]

Tower at PNC LEED certification outside the front entrance.
Progress on the tower site in June 2012.
The tower as seen in June 2015, prior to its completion.


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Preceded by
Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Height
545 feet
33 floors
Succeeded by
Gulf Tower
Preceded by
Three PNC Plaza
Pittsburgh Skyscrapers by Year of Completion
2015
Succeeded by
The Gardens at Market Square