PPG Donates Glass, Paint to Spruce up Phipps
Conservatory for G-20
September 17, 2009
|PPG Industries donated 12,400 square feet
of Starphire ultra-clear glass to replace panes in the Phipps
Conservatory's Tropical Forest in preparation for the G-20 summit.
PPG Industries donated 12,400 square feet of Starphire ultra-clear
glass as well as 23
gallons of Pittsburgh Paints, Pure Performance and
Manor Hall exterior paints to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical
Gardens to help the site prepare for the upcoming G-20 Summit. President
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the G-20
their spouses to Pittsburgh at Phipps on Thursday, September 24.
Afterward, President Obama and the G-20 leaders will remain at the
conservatory for a working dinner.
The Starphire ultra-clear glass was used to replace several
panes in the Phipps' Tropical Forest, while the donated paint was
used for "touch-ups" throughout the facility.
"Phipps Conservatory is one of the world's greenest gardens
due, in part, to some of the paint and glass from PPG which comprise
our structure," says Richard V. Piacentini, the
conservatory's executive director. "We're very pleased to have
such a strong relationship with
PPG, and we're grateful for the help as we prepare to host the G-20
"We want to make sure that Phipps - and Pittsburgh - shine
during the G-20 Summit, and we're pleased to be able to provide
all of the paint, glass and other support that Phipps needs to 'redd
up,'" said Victoria M. Holt, PPG senior vice president, glass
and fiber glass, and member of the board of trustees of Phipps Conservatory.
In addition, Phipps Conservatory's Special Events Center features
glass manufactured by PPG. The complex, which adjoins the award-winning
Tropical Forest, is enclosed with Solarban 70XL solar control,
low-emissivity glass. This glass transmits 64 percent of the sun's
natural light while blocking 73 percent of its solar energy. The
glass is designed to save energy, cut costs and reduces the cooling
capacity and equipment requirements for buildings.
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