Ted Trimbur Top of One PPG Place
Medium Chromogenic print
Photo Date 1980s Print Date 1980s
Dimensions 16 x 20 in. (406 x 508 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With photographer's PPG stamp on verso. One PPG Place, is a 40-story tower, which is currently the third tallest building in Pittsburgh, PA. The lobby of One PPG is a 50-foot-high entrance that features red glass. The building has 21 elevators, each with walls constructed of clear glass panels enclosing fractured glass. In total, the overall complex cost $200 million. The design of the building not only made it distinct, but created high energy-efficiency. Heat in the summer is reflected away from the building by the glass, while in winter infrared heat is reflected and contained within the building. The surface walls feature a barrier construction that effectively separates the interior walls from the exterior. The building also collects heat from computer equipment and recycles it throughout the structure. Upon completion of the project, architectural critics and the media called PPG Place "the crown jewel in Pittsburgh's skyline," "the towering success of downtown Pittsburgh," and "one of the most ambitious, sensitive and public spirited urban developments since Rockefeller Center." Construction on PPG Place in Pittsburgh did not begin until after January 28, 1981. The complex of buildings did not open until between 1983 and 1984.
Theodore "Ted" Trimbur was a Pennsylvania commercial photographer of some note. He lived in Pittsburgh and worked for clients such PPG. He was the 1995 Triangle Photographers Association's Service Award Winner. He was a member of the Professional Photographers of America, achieved Master Photographer level and was a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). He died in Colorado, where he retired, on May 14, 2003.
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