Automated Logic to provide building automation system to PNC Tower in Pittsburgh

14 November 2012 (Last Updated November 14th, 2012 18:30)

PNC Financial Services Group has awarded a contract to Automated Logic (ALC) to provide building automation system at The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, US.

PNC Financial Services Group has awarded a contract to Automated Logic (ALC) to provide the building automation system for The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, US.

Under the contract, Automated Logic, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies, will be responsible for maximising energy efficiency and ensuring occupant comfort.

Automated Logic will install the WebCTRL building automation system (BAS) to control and monitor more than 10,000 points integrating with many third-party systems, including lighting, fire alarm systems, indoor environmental monitoring and natural ventilation interfaces with automatic windows.

Installation of WebCTRL will help in ensuring that the building remains comfortable for the 2,000 occupants and help the structure achieve the target of LEED Platinum certification.

The WebCTRL system will interface with weather monitoring stations to decide whether to use natural ventilation or mechanical cooling.

The system can detect external conditions like temperature, humidity, wind speed, rain intensity, and barometric pressure.

Sustainable design in the tower allows the structure to use of natural ventilation systems to reduce the impact on the environment, and the WebCTRL system can use information from weather agencies as well as local forecasts to determine future heating and cooling needs.

The Tower at PNC Plaza will be located in downtown Pittsburgh, rising to a height of 32-storeys with 781,000ft² of space.

Expected to be completed in 2015, the $400m tower will be the new corporate headquarters of PNC Financial Services Group.

As per the initial plans, the tower will have 300 underground parking spaces, street level retail units and green rooftops.

The building has been designed by Gensler, while Buro Happold will act as a structural and MEP engineer and Paladino & Company as the sustainability consultant.