How do you build a "green" library that changes colors? The answer to that riddle was solved by DWL Architects & Planners through their work on the Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Pittsburgh-based corporations PNC Financial Services Group and PPG have played integral roles in the development of sustainable architecture. PNC has more newly constructed LEED®-certified green buildings than any company in the world, while its local neighbor is the only building products company to offer customers such as PNC single-source access to sustainable glass, coatings and paints.
Sustainability, color and dynamic design characterize Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Occupying the former 10-acre site of an urban medical center, the facility features a 1.4 million-square-foot campus encompassing four distinct facilities anchored by the 13-story hospital and the 300,000 square-foot John G. Rangos, Sr. Research Center.
Architects specify rainscreen systems to fulfill two primary functions: the first is to keep moisture from entering a building; the second is to prevent heat from escaping. Thanks to a collaboration between Morphosis Architects, A. Zahner Company and PPG, the rainscreen system on The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech does more than serve those purposes - it also works as a color-shifting wall of art.