The Tower, which began preconstructionin early March after a legal battle with the state over riparianrights, will feature 225 residences and 31 different floor plans.In addition, the building will boast a tennis court, indoor andoutdoor pool, fitness center, putting green, a business center anda wine cellar and tasting room. Specific financial details of theproject were not disclosed, but previous reports set the budget atabout $300 million.

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As part of the "greening" of the building, all roofs--barring asmall portion of the tallest roof--will be landscaped and willhouse recreation areas such as the swimming pool and serenitygardens. The roofs will be designed to retain rainwater andself-irrigate, eliminating the need to use fresh water for theplants. Condensate from the air conditioning system will also becollected and used for watering. Any excess rainwater that collectswill be purified and released into the Delaware River. Living wallswill help filter out fumes from the parking garage. In addition,the building is set on a former brownfield industrial site, and 35%of the land will remain undeveloped, leaving some open space.

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The interior of the building will also receive attention toensure the Tower is environmentally sound. Heat will be recycledfrom the units' kitchens and bathrooms and used to heat corridorsand the lobby areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows will be tintedand have low-E double glazing to reduce heat gain. In addition,many of the building materials will come from sustainable sourcesand local businesses, to reduce the effects of transportation.

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Most of the LEED additions are being planned by Alesker &Dundon Architecture LLC, the Philadelphia-based architecture firmtasked with designing Trump Tower Philadelphia. "We are doingeverything we can to make Trump Tower Philadelphia the mostsustainable building possible," says Bill Alesker, president ofAlesker & Dundon in a company release. "If sustainability is tobe achieved, it will not be the result of any one or even severalgreat discoveries," he continues, "it will be the sum of countlesssmall gestures by each of us. We are trying to do our small partwith Trump Tower Philadelphia."

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Donald Trump, CEO of site developer The Trump Organization,agrees. "We are committed to an eco-friendly development on alllevels," he says in a company release. "Trump Tower Philadelphiawill be a comprehensive nod to the environmental concerns thatshould be considered the norm, not the exception. Luxury andconservation can and will co-exist. It will be a fantasticcontribution to Philadelphia and to the ethics of modern daydevelopments."

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This is The Trump Organization's first outing in thePhiladelphia area. However, a source within the Trump Organizationtells GlobeSt.com that Trump has been interested in the area forseveral years, both personally and professionally. Trump and two ofhis children attended the Wharton School of Business at theUniversity of Pennsylvania in the city. The source indicatesPhiladelphia's strong performance in a down market, the city's manyhistorical sites and its close proximity to New York City asreasons why the company chose Philadelphia for its latestventure.

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