Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Downtown at a Glance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Downtown at a Glance

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Website: www.downtownpittsburgh.com

Inside out: Many Downtown buildings are a testament to industry-steel, aluminum and glass.

Last year, the city finished restoring the facades of 11 structures, including the "Skinny Building," which at a little over 5 feet wide is considered by some to be the thinnest in the world. The Tower at PNC Plaza, which opened last year, is one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, exceeding LEED Platinum standards.

It was designed to consume 77 percent less water and half as much energy as a typical office building. A chandelier in the lobby monitors energy usage on each floor.

Downtown is home to more than a dozen fountains and water features, including the fountains in Mellon Square Park. In 1955, the park was the first modern garden plaza built on top of a parking garage, making it one of the first green roofs in the country. …

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