This month one of New York’s famous buildings celebrated National Skyscraper Day on September 3rd in addition to honoring the anniversary of everyone who was affected that tragic day on 9/11/2001.
When both World Trade Towers came crashing down 18 years ago, NYC vowed to rebuild. This decision was not about simply replacing the damaged structures. It was a statement to the world that no one will ever crush the spirit of The Big Apple, nor our country as a whole.
As the City came together to discuss building options for the World Trade Center property and surrounding areas, it was an emotional time for all involved. Designers went out of their way to produce ideas that would reflect the dignity of those who lost their lives and ensure the new structure would be engineered with the latest technologies and techniques, alleviating any safety concerns from that point forward. This focus on safety sparked a movement within the entire engineering and construction community across the U.S.A. to create new and improved building codes that had not even been considered previously.
The final decision on the design was proposed in 2005, and the new building was officially given the address of One World Trade Center. Construction began in 2006 as “Freedom Tower” became the unofficial nickname. The world watched each stage of the construction process over the next 8 years until it was finally documented as completed in 2014.
One World Trade Center is now the 6th tallest building in the world and the tallest one in North America. It boasts a LEED Gold rating for green building design due to using recycled construction debris and materials, generating power internally, and its ability to collect rainwater to care for the building’s greenery, cooling system, and replenishing the memorial fountain.
The design team used simplicity and geometry to make the building look clean, strong and monumental. The height was purposely designed to be the same height as the original building, with the crowning mast surpassing that to reach 1,776 feet symbolizing the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Its unique façade uses specially developed glass which catches light easily so as the sun moves through the sky or pedestrians move around the tower, the surfaces appear like a kaleidoscope, and change throughout the day as light and weather conditions change.
There are 94 floors above ground and five below ground, containing 73 elevators to move the masses of people who pass through the building every day. Life-safety issues were addressed by constructing a concrete core running throughout the entire length of the building which can withstand seven times more pressure than standard concrete along with significantly longer reinforcement steel bars, dense fireproofing, and a dedicated first-responders’ staircase.
Additional fun facts about One World Trade Center are as follows:
- It contains more than 40,000 metric tons of structural steel.
- The observation deck was built in memory of the Twin Towers beginning at 1,362 feet with a glass parapet extending to 1,368 feet – the exact size of the South and North Towers.
- One of the trees that is planted around the memorial area was a tree that survived the original 9/11 attack. It was recovered from the debris and planted as a symbol of rebirth.
- The concourse below the building has 55,000 square feet of retail space, connections to 11 subway stations and PATH trains, and underground access to the Hudson River ferry terminal.
- Two large square pools, each containing a waterfall, stand in the exact spots of the Twin Towers. Every one of the victims of the attack is inscribed on the sides of the pools.
This week as you remember one of the most difficult days in our country’s recent history, take a few moments to silently honor the 3,000 people (including more than 400 police officers and firefighters) who were killed and more than 10,000 others wounded in downtown NYC. And don’t forget the 40 passengers and crew from United Airlines Flight 93 who have their own memorial site in Shanksville, PA, as well as the 184 people who died on American Airlines Flight 77 featured in a memorial located at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.
As a final tribute, here are several notable quotes to ponder over the next few days:
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” – Rudy Giuliani, NYC Mayor during 2001
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” -Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl in 2001
“You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy.” – Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State in 2001
“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” – David Levithan, author of Love is the Higher Law
“September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.” – Geraldine Brooks, journalist and novelist
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