Within the last couple months, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and Vornado/Charles E. Smith released their shiny new design for what could be Washington D.C.'s first LEED Platinum office building.  The 365,000 sf building is planned for the corner of 17th and H Streets, NW, a prime location just two blocks from the White House.  Designed by Gensler, 800 17th Street / PNC Place will have an Eco Lobby featuring a three-story climate wall that radiantly cools the lobby with flowing water. 

The 12-story building will be occupied in part by PNC's regional headquarters and office with a PNC Bank branch on ground level.  The remaining 300,000 sf will be available for lease. 

Gensler and Paladino & Company are working to make PNC Place a super green facility.  In addition to all the features that will contribute towards the stringent LEED Platinum certification, 800 17th Street / PNC Place will have a green roof to increase energy efficiency and filter storm water.  The building is expected to open in the second quarter of 2010. 

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PNC also has another green building in the works, 3 PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh.  Other LEED Platinum certifications in Washington D.C. include Sidwell Friends Middle School and the USGBC's Headquarters (LEED-CI). 

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