With 43 LEED-certified buildings in its fold, this will be PNC'sfirst Platinum designed asset, Gary Saulson, director of corporatereal estate for PNC Financial Services Group, tells GlobeSt.com.The building is being designed for Platinum Core and Shell and forPlatinum Commercial Interior for PNC's office and branch space, hesays.

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Saulson could not provide development costs for the building,but did say that any additional costs that might be incurred bydesigning to the higher standard would be returned to the companythrough reduced energy costs.

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Mitchell Schear, president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, alsodeclined to provide development costs but he noted that the duo hadoriginally intended to design to Gold LEED standards. Making thejump to Platinum from that point, he tells GlobeSt.com, is not anadditional significant investment. "We have been focused on allaspects of sustainable building throughout the entire designprocess."

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Sustainable features in the building, to be called PNC Place,include an Eco Lobby with a three-story climate wall that cools thelobby with flowing water. The climate wall will be parallel to aglass walking bridge over the open portion of the concourse below.The building will also have a green roof. It is expected to deliverin Q2 of 2010. Gensler architects and green building consultantPaladino & Co. are collaborating on the project.

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