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PHILADELPHIA-The luxurious Trump Tower Philadelphia rising on the Delaware River may be able to add another item to its list of offerings and amenities: LEED Silver certification. The 45-floor residential complex is aiming to earn between 33 and 38 points on the LEED rating system, thus landing it in the LEED Silver category.

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

As part of the “greening” of the building, all roofs–barring a small portion of the tallest roof–will be landscaped and will house recreation areas such as the swimming pool and serenity gardens. The roofs will be designed to retain rainwater and self-irrigate, eliminating the need to use fresh water for the plants. Condensate from the air conditioning system will also be collected and used for watering. Any excess rainwater that collects will be purified and released into the Delaware River. Living walls will 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 to ensure the Tower is environmentally sound. Heat will be recycled from the units’ kitchens and bathrooms and used to heat corridors and the lobby areas. The floor-to-ceiling windows will be tinted and have low-E double glazing to reduce heat gain. In addition, many of the building materials will come from sustainable sources and local businesses, to reduce the effects of transportation.

Most of the LEED additions are being planned by Alesker & Dundon Architecture LLC, the Philadelphia-based architecture firm tasked with designing Trump Tower Philadelphia. “We are doing everything we can to make Trump Tower Philadelphia the most sustainable building possible,” says Bill Alesker, president of Alesker & Dundon in a company release. “If sustainability is to be achieved, it will not be the result of any one or even several great discoveries,” he continues, “it will be the sum of countless small gestures by each of us. We are trying to do our small part with Trump Tower Philadelphia.”

Donald Trump, CEO of site developer The Trump Organization, agrees. “We are committed to an eco-friendly development on all levels,” he says in a company release. “Trump Tower Philadelphia will be a comprehensive nod to the environmental concerns that should be considered the norm, not the exception. Luxury and conservation can and will co-exist. It will be a fantastic contribution to Philadelphia and to the ethics of modern day developments.”

This is The Trump Organization’s first outing in the Philadelphia area. However, a source within the Trump Organization tells GlobeSt.com that Trump has been interested in the area for several years, both personally and professionally. Trump and two of his children attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in the city. The source indicates Philadelphia’s strong performance in a down market, the city’s many historical sites and its close proximity to New York City as reasons why the company chose Philadelphia for its latest venture.

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