(Minus almost all of the protests I am sure.)
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: Tuned to Pittsburgh’s climate by aggressively pursuing strategies and technologies that minimize resource use and maximize renewable energy opportunities.
PNC’s design team is currently considering the following technologies:
- Fuel cells, solar panels, geothermal systems and other alternative power generation sources that will significantly reduce carbon emissions
- 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 prevent wastewater release into Pittsburgh’s three rivers when sewers are at capacity
Shovels in the ground:
Design Phase Began – April 2011
Construction Begins – Spring 2012
Open for Business – Summer 2015
No. Forty stories tall, ultra-green skyscrapers do not happen every day.
Figure this should hit the Planning Commission towards the end of the year.
I’m mostly excited about this as an environmental / technological / municipal-ergonomics Manhattan Project, or moon shot. That and like, way more Primanti’s sandwiches sold.