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September 25, 2011

London River Park | Gensler

Gensler releases renewed renderings of floating civic platform on The Thames

Global design studio Gensler has just released these illustrative images of its concept for the kilometre-long floating River Walk on the north bank of the River Thames in England’s capital. Working with financiers Venus Group of Singapore and construction/consultancy firm Mace, Gensler has been finalising its design over the past six months and submitted a planning application in August 2011.

In May Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London stated that: “The sheer beauty and design brilliance of this structure will provide yet another amazing and unique attraction for the capital.” If planning is approved the 12m wide platform will be completed in time for next summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games and will remain post-event as a lasting legacy for the city.

Loosely comparable to the highly successful Highline in New York, Gensler’s London River Walk will form a continuous walkway running parallel to the existing mismatched streets along the river frontage and include a number of event spaces and a swimming pool.

August 17, 2011

Three PNC Plaza | Gensler

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Three PNC Plaza / Gensler diagram

Architect: Gensler
Location, Pittsburgh, 
Structural Engineer: Astorino
Sustainability Consultant: Paladino & Company
Contractor: P.J. Dick
Project Area: 750,000sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Gensler

Setting the stage for Pittsburgh to become a representation of intellectual, sustainable urban growth, Three PNC Plaza is a 750,000 square foot, 23-story mixed-use development designed byGensler. The LEED Gold registered project is comprised of a Fairmont Hotel, offices, residential condominiums, ground-floor retail and below-grade parking. Recently, International law firm Reed Smith moved their corporate headquarters into the building as their signage adorns the structure’s top floors. These divers programmatic typologies within a single project in downtown Pittsburgh at the intersection of the commercial and cultural corridors of Fifth and Liberty, generates interminable activity, enhancing the vigor of the city’s urban core.

PNC is a keystone of commerce in Pittsburgh, a city which had not seen a new tower in its downtown core in more than 20 years. This project presented the opportunity to activate and revitalize the heart of the city. To that end, the aesthetic and conceptual notion of stitching was the basis of the project’s design. On the facade, disparate programmatic elements including hotel, condominiums, office, and retail, are reflected in distinct facade materials, all of which are stitched into a balance, singe structure.

Curtainwall glazing visually distinguishes the programmatic elements of the building. For example, crystal-clear glazing for the condominiums create a “jewel-box” effect, differentiating them from offices and hotel, whose low-E-glazing offers enhanced energy efficiency, and is identified by a green tint.

Office and hotel floor plates feature highly efficient core layouts and optimal lease and planning spans. Upper levels of the office floor are defined by a large horizontal notch expression that ties the space to an outdoor roof garden. The condo units are separated from the hotel rooms that share the same floor plate but are located in the portion of the building with optimal views and daylight.

At the ground level, the design goal was to activate street life by creating a vibrant environment. Lobbies for the office, hotel, and residential portions of the project are all open to the street, and are interconnected. Literally and figuratively, the design stitches the program of the buildings interior to the urban fabric.

The lobby features a dramatic high ceiling that ushers in abundant natural light, a sculptural front desk that echoes the angular quality of the building facade, and an asymmetric grand staircase leading to a restaurant located above the front desk.

Striving to create a locally authentic experience, the design team was guided by the theme “Art & Industry.” Local steel and glass can be found in design details throughout the hotel and in works by local artists such as the dramatic ballroom chandelier and glass pendant fixtures in the lobby and bar. Artifacts from the 1800′s discovered during building excavation were incorporated into the hotel’s design and are displayed in key locations throughout the hotel.

June 28, 2011

PNC TOWER | Gensler


Tower at PNC Plaza from Market Square

Tower at PNC Plaza from Market Square

Tower at PNC Plaza from Mt. Washington

Aerial view of Tower at PNC Plaza and existing campus

Interior view of Tower at PNC Plaza


Location: Downtown Pittsburgh; Adjacent to PNC Plaza; at corner of Fifth and Wood Streets

Size: 35 to 40 story office tower; approximately 800,000 square feet

Parking Garage: Approximately 400 spaces (underground)

Construction Budget: Estimated $400 million

Women and minority owned businesses: approximately $40 million

Economic Impact:           Construction to employ 2,500 people with 500 at peak times

Owner: PNC Bank, National Association

Design Architect: Gensler Pittsburgh

Construction Manager: P.J. Dick

Engineer: Buro Happold

Green Building Consultant:           Paladino & Company

Tenant: PNC and street level retail

Developer: PNC Realty Services

Incorporating ground-breaking technology and design strategies, PNC aspires for its new headquarters to be the greenest skyscraper in the world and to exceed the requirements of LEED® Platinum, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC®) highest certification rating.

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
  • The Tower at PNC Plaza is expected to be PNC’s third major LEED-certified GREEN project in downtown Pittsburgh
  • PNC Firstside Center at 650,000 square feet opened in 2000 as the largest LEED-certified building in the world and the first certified under LEED 2.0
  • Three PNC Plaza, which is among the nation’s largest mixed-use green buildings and LEED gold certified
  • PNC Place is one of the largest LEED-Platinum certified buildings in Washington, D.C.
  • USGBC® has recognized PNC for constructing more new LEED® certified buildings than any other company in the world. PNC has more than 125 LEED certified projects nationwide, including 99 for new construction and 26 for commercial interiors (as of May 2011)
  • Green Wall: One of the largest in North America on exterior wall of One PNC
  • PNC has built two parks in downtown Pittsburgh for the enjoyment of employees and the community: Firstside Park and Triangle Park

Design Phase Began – April 2011

Construction Begins – Spring 2012

Open for Business – Summer 2015

From finding creative ways to use recycled materials to conserving energy at our branches to developing smarter ways to bank, PNC does more than provide our customers and employees greener choices. We provide them with greener banks. PNC now has more than 125 LEED-certified green buildings, with around 99 newly constructed certified buildings, more than any company on earth.

In 2002 PNC became the first major bank to apply green building standards to all newly constructed or renovated retail branch offices. In 2007 PNC Bank extended its leadership with the trademark of “Green Branch” term.

Opened in 2010, this high performing building in the heart of our nation’s capital, demonstrates PNC’s commitment to the Greater Washington Area and its ongoing leadership in sustainable building practices. The 350,000 square foot building, which received LEED Platinum certification, houses PNC’s regional headquarters, other office tenants, retail space and parking.

Opened in 2009, Three PNC plaza extended the company’s downtown Pittsburgh campus and expanded upon its award-winning commitment to green building practices. The 23 story building is one of the largest LEED certified mixed-use building in the United States, and includes a 4-star hotel, offices, condominiums and retail space. Adjacent to Three PNC Plaza, at the corner of 5th and Liberty Avenues, is PNC Triangle Park. Serving as a gateway to the city’s south entrance, the green space is and 8,000 square feet, pet-friendly park with bench seating and drought-resistant plantings.

At nearly 650,000 square feet, the equivalent of 12 football fields, Firstside Center opened in 2000 as the nation’s largest, corporate green building. Across the street is Firstside Park. Opened in 2007 it stands on the site of a deconstructed former public safety building for the City of Pittsburgh. The winding paths, benches and numerous trees stand atop 2,500 tons of recycled concrete from the deconstruction.

On the side of One PNC Plaza is one of the largest green walls in North America. About the size of a singles tennis court, not only does the 2,380 square foot soil-based space provide unique public art but it contributes to energy efficiency on PNC’s current headquarters building.