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.

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.

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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