America’s tallest building to get a new ‘green’ luxury hotel

America’s tallest building – Sears Tower in Chicago – will get a $350 million facelift and a  new luxury hotel. The 110-story structure, soon to be re-named Willis Tower, will see almost half of its stories (50, to be precise) occupied by the new hotel which will be powered by the building’s new high-power wind turbines and solar panels. With the green agenda evidently in place, the  building will be designed to meet LEED Gold certification, will be replacing 16,000 windows to make it more energy efficient,  and will feature an indoor garden as well as sky gardens at various levels. An exact date for the opening of the hotel is yet to be specified but it could be up to five years off.

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