Bank Goes For The Green In More Ways Than One

By Christopher Twarowski

The area around the White House is about to get a whole lot greener -- and we're not talking about the South Lawn.

PNC Bank plans to announce later today that it has joined forces with real estate developer Vornado/Charles E. Smith to build the city's first Platinum-level U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified office building. LEED Platinum is the highest level of environmentally sustainable building design recognized by the council.

Artist concept courtesy: PNC Bank

The environmentally friendly, 12-story building will be constructed at 800 17th St./PNC Place, at the corner of 17th and H streets NW, the site of the old Riggs Bank. It will have 365,000 square feet of space, and serve as PNC's new regional headquarters. Ten floors will be available for lease.

The building will feature an Eco Lobby, with a three-story climate wall of flowing water. There will be a glass walking bridge. It will also have a so-called "green" roof that filters storm water.

PNC is no stranger to green architecture. The company claims it has more LEED-certified office buildings than any other company in the world. PNC has more than 40 green buildings across the country, and the term "green branch" is actually patented to the firm. The company's new digs is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2010.

By Dan Beyers  |  June 24, 2008; 8:30 AM ET
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wow... If I was a banker their I would be working those politician to open accounts with me to improve their green image... it's all about money and image.

Posted by: one and done | June 24, 2008 1:36 PM

I guess I am a tiny bit biased, but I kind of liked the old Riggs Bank building. However. Times have changed and it was not the world best energy saver either. Neat to see what is going in its place, I have not seen that corner for years.

Posted by: Tedd Riggs | June 25, 2008 11:15 AM

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