One World Trade Center Reaches 1,776 Feet
World Trade Center in 2001
The World Trade Center in NYC
The original World Trade Center in New York City was first opened in December 1970, well the North tower anyway. The South tower wasn't opened until 1972. Before it's opening the tallest building in the world was the Empire State Building. Currently the tallest building is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 2,722 feet.
The original Trade Center was actually One World Trade Center, which was the North Tower, and Two World Trade Center which was the South Tower. In all there were seven World Trade Center buildings built between 1970 and 1985. This complex helped to breathe some life back into lower Manhattan. The Rockefellers were behind the conception of this monster complex. In researching this piece I found out the towers were sometimes called Nick and David after the two Rockefeller brothers. I guess it was an inside joke. The Port Authority of New York stepped in later and the hired architect decided on two towers.
There was much controversy about these two towers. Many people thought they would detract from the New York skyline, interfere with radio reception, cost too much to maintain, etc., but in spite of any disagreements construction began in 1966. Upon it's completion approximately 50,000 people worked there and about 200,000 visited each day.
I knew several people who worked there, one of them being my sister-in-law who arranged for us to visit her in her sixty-fourth floor office. It was amazing looking out the windows and seeing the whole City around you. We visited the top of One World Trade Center when we had visitors from Ireland and we were just as impressed as they were!
Location of One World Trade Center
1993 Bombing - damage done
First World Trade Center Bombing
The Trade Center as the complex came to be called, seemed to be a target. In 1993 terrorist packed a truck with 1,000 pounds of explosives and left it in the basement parking lot. The explosion killed six and wounded 1,000 which is amazing considering the blast left a hole twenty-two feet wide and five stories deep! The building reopened a month later. Muslim fundamentalists were convicted of the bombing, their aim had been to knock down the North Tower so it would hit and knock down the South Tower..
As a result of this tragic bombing security measured were beefed up. Everyone starting getting a little nervous to say the least. The investigation into this bombing uncovered another plot to bomb additional sites in New York City. No one could believe this could happen in New York City, but it did. It seems however, that security in the building was not the next issue they faced.
South Tower of the World Trade Center Bombing 2001
September 11, 2001
The most tragic, unheard of bombing on American soil! Two American Airlines airplanes crashed into the two Trade Center Towers, this time, the "security breach" was from the air and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. I remember being at work saying it must have been an accident, something wrong with a plane, until I heard the second plane crashed into the south tower, then we all knew.
People killed on the ground and in the planes totaled 2,606. Some were killed by smoke inhalation, some by jumping out of buildings, others were killed in the buildings' collapse. In addition to the buildings in the World Trade Center Complex, there were other surrounding buildings badly damaged and later destroyed. I think most know enough about this tragedy and its aftermath so I will move on to the reconstruction.
Rebuilding the World Trade Center
After the horrors of the bombing many thought rebuilding would be a no brainer but it wasn't that easy. Fear had taken hold and everyone had their own ideas about what should be done with the gaping hole in the ground. Many saw it as a burial place for the many bodies that had not been recovered, others saw it as sacred ground, and still others wanted to rebuild to show the indomitable spirit of New Yorkers.
By 2004 the World Trade Center rebuild was going by the name of Freedom Towers. Money, security, and design kept things going back and forth until 2008. In 2009 the name "Freedom Tower" was replaced officially by "One World Trade Center." Regardless of the arguments and past issues, this building was going to be safe. It is said to be strongly fortified.
To me, the most important part of One World Trade Center is that it was built with union labor by Americans. There is an eight acre memorial, as there should be, to those who lost their lives. The museum I went to see last year is still not complete, another funding dispute. However, when the building is complete there will be three observation decks and a new transportation hub will be beneath the building.
Official One World Trade Center Time-Lapse 2004-2013
World Trade Center Spire Being Placed
One World Trade Center by the numbers
— $3.8 billion price tag.
— 45,000 tons of steel.
— 4,259 days since 9/11.
— 2014, year of its scheduled opening.
— 1,776 feet tall.
— 758-ton stainless steel spire.
— 104 floors.
— 70 escalators.
— 18 pieces in 408-foot spire.
The World Trade Center Spire
Atop the World Trade Center will now sit a 408 foot spire weighing in at 758 tons. The spire is to be used as an antenna, however, if a regular antenna had been used it would not be included in the height of the building as the spire is. I think it is because an antenna is considered removable while a spire is not. This spire brings the height of the building to 1,776 feet, said to be in honor of the year 1776, the year of independence for the United States. "This milestone at the World Trade Center site symbolizes the resurgence and resilience of our state and our nation," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the statement.
Daily News Tweets about the placement of the spire have been going strong.
The final height of the building, including the spire, makes the World Trade Center the tallest building in the United States and the third tallest building in the world. Actually, it is the tallest building in the western hemisphere! NBC noted the placing of the spire was exactly two years after the death of Osama Bin Laden.
The building is not yet opened but is scheduled to open next February. There are three known tenants at this time, Conde Nast, the government’s General Services Administration and Vantone Holdings China Center.
The height of the building is 1,776 feet. Look at the number without the comma - 1776. The year America gained its independence, making not only the building significant but the height representing freedom!
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