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Coating protects framing

Photo: Tom Cwenar

Project goals for the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh included conserving energy, maximizing daylighting and optimizing occupant comfort. To achieve the goals, the owner and Gensler, the architect for the project, worked with Permasteelisa North America Corp., the installer for the project, to construct a 1,200-square-foot mock-up of the structure for testing and verification. The mock-up included the metal coatings, glass and paint products used for the project. It exceeded design and performance expectations.

The 33-story high-rise’s polished exterior features a double-skin façade. It maximizes ventilation for heating and cooling, and provides access to fresh air and daylight.

Permasteelisa North America installed Sapa Extrusions North America’s aluminum extrusions to construct curtainwall framing, trim and components in the lobby of the building. Spectrum Metal Finishing Inc. finished the metal extrusions with PPG Industries Inc.’s Coraflon Sunstorm powdercoating in Gray Mica.

The 800,000-square-foot Tower at PNC Plaza is PNC Financial Services Group's headquarters. The $240 million project is LEED Platinum certified and was completed in October 2015.