John Robinson MBA (2003)
Director of Development
PNC Realty Services


John Robinson is Vice President and Director of Development for PNC’s Realty Services business unit.  Robinson joined PNC in April 2011 and leads all day-to-day development project processes throughout PNC’s 30 million (approximate) square foot portfolio.  Realty Services is responsible for all of PNC’s non-lending real estate practices associated with development, construction, portfolio strategy, leasing, transactions, and property management. 


In addition to other projects within the portfolio, Robinson is currently leading the development of The Tower at PNC Plaza, PNC’s new 800,000 square foot corporate headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh.  The Tower at PNC Plaza aspires to be the greenest skyriseSM in the world and is scheduled to be delivered in September 2015.  Progressive technologies that define the project include solar chimney driven natural ventilation, optimally oriented building facades, an operable facade, occupancy-based heating and cooling systems, rain water collection, water reuse, and other state of the art energy reduction technologies. 


Prior to PNC, Robinson was with Seattle-based Vulcan Real Estate, a company owned by Paul G. Allen.  Vulcan Real Estate is most well known for their redevelopment of the South Lake Union neighborhood in downtown Seattle.  While with Vulcan, the development group developed over 6 million square feet in the Pacific Northwest, most notably the 1.8 million square foot downtown corporate campus for amazon.com. 


Robinson has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  John is a frequent speaker on green building, design, and construction. 


PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is a U.S. based financial services corporation, with assets of approximately $269 billion (as of September 30, 2011).  PNC has more newly constructed buildings certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) than any other company in the world.