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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh


Helping to make children feel better, inside and out.

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is not just a world-class health care facility and LEED® silver certified. It’s also a vivid example of how designers, architects, and contractors can use color to create a physical and emotional transformation. After extensive research with children and their families, the hospital’s architect chose PPG CORAFLON® and DURANAR® fluoropolymer coatings for the exterior colors, to communicate a facility that is dynamic and alive. Interior walls and trim are coated with PPG PURE PERFORMANCE®, among the world’s first premiumquality zero-VOC* latex paint, in shades designed to promote healing. SUNGATE® 500 glass allows high levels of natural sunlight, while our Atlantica glass supplies the spectacular emerald-green hue. With more than 100,000 custom-created Duranar colors and a wide array of energy-saving tinted glass, no company offers more color choices for your next project.

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Expanding design possibilities while shrinking their impact on the environment.

Appaloosa Branch Library, Scottsdale, Arizona 
Appaloosa Branch Library, Scottsdale, Arizona
Lead Architect: Jeremy Jones, AIA, LEED AP, DWL Architects & Planners, Inc.
At PPG, we understand that commercial construction today is about creating buildings that are functional, efficient, and sustainable.   That’s why we offer a wide range of building products that are specifically engineered to enable architects and contractors to meet the very demanding needs of 21st-century construction.

The Appaloosa Branch Library in Scottsdale, Arizona is not just a LEED Gold-certified building, it’s also a stunning example of how our advanced building materials are literally and conceptually changing the face of modern architecture. The library’s architect was able to enhance the beauty of the building’s exterior and reduce cooling costs by using PPG Duranar® VARI-Cool™ coatings, which both reflect the sun’s energy and dramatically shift color according to viewing angle.

Our Solarban® 60 Atlantica™ low-e glass allowed him to incorporate vast areas of emerald-green glass while reducing the size of the library’s HVAC system and its energy bills. And for the interior walls, PPG offered a variety of high-performing, environmentally preferred coatings, including zero-VOC Pure Performance.

Making an impact all over the building.

But the application of PPG materials for commercial building and construction doesn’t stop there. There is a wide array of innovative glass, metal coatings, and architectural coatings choices you’ll find through PPG IdeaScapes™. Our wide-ranging architectural coatings line includes products for specific needs—from zero- and low-VOC interior paints and stains to fire-retardant and antibacterial coatings.

In another nod to our sustainable focus, we’ve developed innovative colorant pouches for our paint distribution partners to minimize product and packaging waste. We also offer an expansive line of low-emissivity (low-e) window glasses that increase energy efficiency.

This ability to have an impact on the environmental front and further enhance design and usability makes PPG a partner that can help construction professionals everywhere to envision a new frontier of what is possible. We help architects, contractors, and owners meet both the aesthetic and performance needs of their in projects large to small.

Forecasting and coordinating a range of colors for your build.

PPG’s color capabilities for the commercial building and construction sector include decorative color trends forecasting, special effects coating technologies, the largest selection of tinted glass options in the industry, and our ability to work consultatively with the architect team to coordinate building component colors.

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