Let Us Never Forget 9-11: One World Trade Center Building Almost Complete

As the anniversary of September 11th approaches, 1 World Trade Center is nearing completion.  I thought I would take this opportunity to give some background on how this building came to be, some facts and figures, and some notable design features of one of the newest buildings to grace the New York City skyline.

It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years since that fateful day in September.  I’m sure we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news of the events that were unfolding.

Today, the 16 acre site of the former World Trade Center complex has been born anew.  The entire complex will consist of five new skyscrapers, the Sept. 11 memorial and museum, transportation hub, 550,000 sq. ft. of retail space and a performing arts center.  The centerpiece of the complex is 1 World Trade Center which has also been referred to as “The Freedom Tower”.

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The design of this building went through numerous concepts beginning in 2002 until June 2005 when a final design concept was reached.  You can see the final concept presents much simpler, cleaner lines than previous versions.  The final design also incorporated a 185 ft. concrete base to satisfy security concerns raised by the NYPD.

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Facts and figures:

  • The roof top height is 1,368 ft.  Including the antenna the building reaches 1,776 ft.  ( nice nod to the Declaration of Independence)
  • The footprint of the building is 200’x200’, nearly identical of the original WTC towers.
  •  As of April 2012, the estimated cost stood at 3.9 billion, making it most expensive single building in the world at the time.
  • The tower sits on a 185 ft. concrete base designed to protect against truck bombs and other ground level terrorist threats.
  • It is expected to be completed by early 2014.

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I hope you found this information interesting and that it may serve as a reminder of the events 12 years ago and that we may remember those lost that day.

Should you have or had the opportunity to visit NYC and visit this site; I would love to hear your comments.

Bill Hoover – Design Professional

Gould Design, Inc.