With the 6,350th glass pane hoisted into place on Sept. 15, the only visible sign of anything having been awry at Atlanta’s 723-ft-tall Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel—the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere—is the exterior hoist, set to come down by mid-November. But for more than two years, there were pockmarks on the glass-clad facade, which was hit by flying debris during a freak tornado in March 2008. Photos Courtesy Of Skanska USA Tornado damage to the glass cladding of Atlanta’s Peachtree Plaza Hotel prompted a total face-lift. The 35-year-old hotel stayed open, minus damaged rooms, during the year-long, $22-million
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