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THE PROJECT When it opened on October 1, 2015, The Tower at PNC Plaza added more than an interesting landmark to the Pittsburgh skyline; it demonstrated how green technology could effectively be incorporated into commercial design without compromising aesthetics. Home to the commercial office headquarters for PNC Financial Services Group, the $400-…


There is a myth among the painting industry that HOAs always go with the lowest bidder for painting projects. While this is sometimes true, holding onto the belief that they always choose the lowest bidder can cost you opportunities. As someone who has made a conscious effort to pursue HOA projects, I…


Paint manufacturers’ color marketing experts who, every year, identify paint color trends, wear more hats than you might imagine. They’re well-versed in social science, demographics, pop culture, technology, spirituality, art, and even weather patterns—because these create or influence societal trends. It’s those trends that they then try to translate into color. These…


In the heavy-lifting world of painting, a bad back is bad news. Given that, for this issue we picked two tools specifically designed to reduce the wear and tear on your back. While neither is new to the market, we’ve heard enough good things about them that we thought they were worth…


FOR YEARS NOW, Google has been an affordable place for home-improvement contractors to generate their own leads. The introduction of the ‘Local Places’ section allowed contractors to be displayed high on the first page with only their business information needed. You didn’t even need a web site to promote your business on…


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