Feature Article

Clean, Fresh Air: Getting What We Need

Human health probably benefits from more fresh air than current ventilation standards require. But pulling in outdoor air can mean pulling in pollution.

November 7, 2016

If you’re designing an expensive, high-end office tower, you’d better be sure the people inside of it can do their best work. So as Ben Tranel, AIA, principal at Gensler, began working on the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, he thought a lot about air.

“When people are working their hardest, you always hear them say ‘Let’s go out and get some fresh air,’” Tranel told BuildingGreen. “They say that because they want to get more oxygen—to feel the variability of the breeze. We wanted to see if we could create that feeling.”