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22 SEPTEMBER 2016 F E A T U R E A R T I C L E PNC financial services Group When having one or two becomes old hat, you build the city of When having one or two becomes old hat, you build the city of When having one or two becomes old hat, you build the city of Pittsburgh's third LEED ® Certifi ed™ PNC project and demonstrate a commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind commitment to both innovation and to the community. That's the story behind the bank's 33-story Tower at PNC Plaza, downtown, PNC's corporate the bank's 33-story Tower at PNC Plaza, downtown, PNC's corporate headquarters. The building is a showplace of leadership in green building and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. and energy effi ciency. Window blinds self-adjust. Fresh air circulates within. Water gets recycled and treated onsite. A park soars 28 fl oors high. A ventilation. The heating and cooling systems adjust based on occupancy. ventilation. The heating and cooling systems adjust based on occupancy. It's all state-of-the-art and unprecedented in scale and combination for It's all state-of-the-art and unprecedented in scale and combination for any one building. The Tower likely exceeds what's required by the U.S. any one building. The Tower likely exceeds what's required by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC ® ) for LEED Platinum, the highest certi- fi cation rating available, and identifi es as the greenest high-rise building in the world. It's fi tting for a company already recognized by USGBC for constructing more new LEED-certifi ed buildings than any other company in the world. royal bank of Canada/oxford Properties To live, work and play by the water, people and businesses alike To live, work and play by the water, people and businesses alike To live, work and play by the water, people and businesses alike are moving in droves to Toronto's newest multi-use hotspot, Waterfront Toronto, a 2,000-acre (800-hectare) area of signifi cant revitalization. Toronto, a 2,000-acre (800-hectare) area of signifi cant revitalization. Seizing the opportunity to draw from the growing talent pool was Royal Seizing the opportunity to draw from the growing talent pool was Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), who consolidated nearly 5,000 of its employees Bank of Canada (RBC), who consolidated nearly 5,000 of its employees Bank of Canada (RBC), who consolidated nearly 5,000 of its employees from multiple offi ces throughout the city to RBC WaterPark Place, a from multiple offi ces throughout the city to RBC WaterPark Place, a from multiple offi ces throughout the city to RBC WaterPark Place, a new 30-story tower across from Lake Ontario's shore, one that would new 30-story tower across from Lake Ontario's shore, one that would become the headquarters for domestic operations (and Toronto's fi rst LEED® Platinum building). But the waterfront hotspot is hard to navigate physically and is often very cold for pedestrians in Canada's climate. So, physically and is often very cold for pedestrians in Canada's climate. So, physically and is often very cold for pedestrians in Canada's climate. So, physically and is often very cold for pedestrians in Canada's climate. So, physically and is often very cold for pedestrians in Canada's climate. So, together with the tower's developer, Oxford Properties, RBC made a bold together with the tower's developer, Oxford Properties, RBC made a bold together with the tower's developer, Oxford Properties, RBC made a bold move for its employees and some 200,000 other commuters in the area: it created an enclosed bridge – one that can be moved to make room for road repairs – to the city's elevated PATH walkway system. The project road repairs – to the city's elevated PATH walkway system. The project road repairs – to the city's elevated PATH walkway system. The project has been heralded for the connectivity it provides – both literally and has been heralded for the connectivity it provides – both literally and has been heralded for the connectivity it provides – both literally and has been heralded for the connectivity it provides – both literally and fi guratively – between the waterfront area and Toronto's busi- fi guratively – between the waterfront area and Toronto's busi- ness district, its fi nancial core, where RBC maintains its global ness district, its fi nancial core, where RBC maintains its global headquarters. View, Hillhouse Construction, sharp development Company, studio G and integral Group "Strong tenant demand" is music to the ears of developers who take signifi cant risks with speculative properties and go full- who take signifi cant risks with speculative properties and go full- who take signifi cant risks with speculative properties and go full- throttle in implement- ing the latest and greatest concepts. In Sunnyvale, California, Sunnyvale, California, Sunnyvale, California, fi ve business partners worked together and with other providers to turn a near-windowless racquetball club into a 34,875-square- to turn a near-windowless racquetball club into a 34,875-square- foot (3,240-sq.-m.) showcase of extreme green in the way of a zero net energy (ZNE), Class A offi ce space, one that integrates a package of three energy (ZNE), Class A offi ce space, one that integrates a package of three advanced/emerging and fi ve mature "green" technologies – and one that advanced/emerging and fi ve mature "green" technologies – and one that meets the state of California's stringent Title 24 requirements. Among the meets the state of California's stringent Title 24 requirements. Among the meets the state of California's stringent Title 24 requirements. Among the greatest challenges: adding 86 windows to increase window area from greatest challenges: adding 86 windows to increase window area from 5 percent to more than 40 percent while maintaining energy effi ciency, 5 percent to more than 40 percent while maintaining energy effi ciency, and keeping costs in check. The technologies helped the building record an ROI that's 20 percent higher than those of conventional (non-sustain- able) construction projects, and the building – which quickly attracted a able) construction projects, and the building – which quickly attracted a tenant – now serves as a model for sustainable development. tenant – now serves as a model for sustainable development. the Water Council It's been described as being "like Disney World, but for water geeks." It's been described as being "like Disney World, but for water geeks." And that would be Milwaukee's Water Technology Cluster, a world-class And that would be Milwaukee's Water Technology Cluster, a world-class And that would be Milwaukee's Water Technology Cluster, a world-class collection of organizations – both public and private, and from business, collection of organizations – both public and private, and from business, collection of organizations – both public and private, and from business, academia and government sectors – working in the fi eld of water tech- academia and government sectors – working in the fi eld of water tech- nology under the leadership of The Water Council. More than 180 mem- nology under the leadership of The Water Council. More than 180 mem- ber organizations focus on water quality and quantity, meaning anything ber organizations focus on water quality and quantity, meaning anything ber organizations focus on water quality and quantity, meaning anything ber organizations focus on water quality and quantity, meaning anything ber organizations focus on water quality and quantity, meaning anything and everything it might have to do with freshwater research, economic and everything it might have to do with freshwater research, economic and everything it might have to do with freshwater research, economic development and education. Since 2009, when the non-profi t organization was founded, it has led the way in attracting water-technology companies, water-technology companies, students and other academics, foreign leaders, water-industry foreign leaders, water-industry entrepreneurs and other like-minded professionals to the area. The entrepreneurs and other like-minded professionals to the area. The Water Council has helped foster innovation and even commercialization Water Council has helped foster innovation and even commercialization by providing tools and resources needed to take ideas from concept to full production in an effort, ultimately, to help areas of the world most in full production in an effort, ultimately, to help areas of the world most in full production in an effort, ultimately, to help areas of the world most in full production in an effort, ultimately, to help areas of the world most in need of water-related solutions. entrepreneurs and other like-minded professionals to the area. The The Water Council, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received the 2016 Economic Development leadership Award for its "Water Technology Cluster Leadership." to turn a near-windowless racquetball club into a 34,875-square- These fi ve partnering companies received the 2016 sustainable leadership Award for "Mathilda: Zero Net Energy Offi ce Retrofi t in Sunnyvale, California." Considered the crown jewel of PNC's sustainable-development efforts, the 800,000-square-foot (74,300-sq.-m.) building features a chandelier in the lobby called "The Beacon." It uses a color-coded system to show energy use on each fl oor. color-coded system to show energy use on each fl oor. color-coded system to show energy use on each fl oor. Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. Badgett, managing editor of the LEADER, is a Molly A. 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