Paladino Client PNC's "Greenest Skyrise(SM) In the World" Honored by Eco-Structure Magazine

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Planned Tower at PNC Plaza Receives Coveted Evergreen Award in 2012 On The Boards Category

Paladino and Company(Paladino), a pioneering sustainability and green building consulting firm, announced that its client, PNC Financial Services Group, has been honored with an Eco-Structure Magazine Evergreen Award for the sustainably designed, new world headquarters building, The Tower at PNC Plaza.

The planned 781,000 sf high rise is currently under construction in Pittsburgh, with completion expected in 2015. Eco-Structure’s Evergreen Awards each year honors building professionals practicing in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico for outstanding performance in the design, construction and operations of green, energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.

The planned 32-story Tower at PNC Plaza is expected to perform at beyond-LEED Platinum standards, utilizing a natural ventilation strategy for more than 42% of the year. In particular, the jury noted the building’s unique double layer, active façade design, developed collaboratively by Paladino, PNC design architect Gensler, and international engineering firm Buro Happold. The façade design employs a combination of manually operated and motorized controls that allow the building to adaptively ‘breathe’ in self-regulating response to external conditions.
Additionally, the jury cited the following sustainable design features of the project as basis for the award:

  • Activation of the street-front with retail and an inviting, transparent lobby nicknamed the ‘urban room’
  • Onsite water treatment systems accompanied by rooftop rainwater harvesting
  • Rooftop solar thermal systems that warm and draw air through the building mechanical core

The sustainable, high performance aspects of the design are based on a unique ‘triple top line’ planning approach created by Paladino and Company, that helps guide owner and design team sustainability decisions through a process of balancing the needs of people and the planet while protecting the financial interests of the owner.

PNC and its design team, Paladino, Gensler and Buro Happold, will be honored at the Evergreen Awards ceremony at Greenbuild on Thursday, November 15, 2012. To learn more about the Tower at PNC Plaza, please visit

About Paladino and Company
Paladino and Company, Inc. ( is an internationally recognized sustainability and green building consulting firm that helps organizations align business growth with the long-term health and vitality of the planet. The firm’s specialized team of architects, engineers, and business analysts work collaboratively with building owners and their teams to create high performance green buildings and companies, resulting in environmentally responsible development and reduced total cost of ownership.

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