As part of DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, an annual two-day event that provides unprecedented access to buildings around the city, we are featuring 20 of the many buildings participating.

Today’s building is the Tower at PNC Plaza.

PNC Bank Tower

A Brief History of the Tower at PNC Plaza

The Tower at PNC Plaza is a skyscraper in Pittsburgh. It is a relatively new building, with construction beginning in spring 2012 and completed in fall 2015. The tower is known as one of the most green high-rises ever, standing at around 800,000 square feet and 33 stories. It not only meets the LEED Platinum certifications but exceeds them. Sustainability efforts include an operable double-skin facade and an onsite gray water reuse system. Some additional features enable the Tower’s heating and cooling systems to operate in a net-zero-energy state for 30% of the year. There’s also a solar chimney and solar collector.

The tower’s “topping off” ceremony was held four years ago in June 2014 and the tower opened in October 2015.

For tickets to this outstanding event, you can visit Doors Open Pittsburgh here.

Buildings already featured here on Pittsburgh Beautiful:

Byers Hall

Allegheny HYP Club

Boggs Manion : The Inn on the Mexican War Streets

Alphabet City Building

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

The Oliver Building

EQT Plaza

The Engineer’s Society

The Pennsylvanian

The Priory Hotel

First Presbyterian Church

William Penn Snyder House

Union Trust Building

Koppers Building

Dollar Bank on Fourth Avenue

Speakeasy at the Omni William Penn

The Grant Building

PPG Place

Penn Brewery


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