New World Trade Center Set to Become Tallest Building in Western Hemisphere


It's taken more than a decade, but the new World Trade Center in New York City's Financial District is nearing completion. CNN, citing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is reporting that the final two sections of a 408-foot spire that will top off One World Trade Center were scheduled to be delivered to the roof deck today, but inclimate weather delayed the arrival. 

Once the pieces are installed, however, they will make the building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, according to the site's management. The two pieces form a stainless steel beacon weighing almost six tons and will be the final piece put in place to give the building a not-at-all symbolic height of 1,776 feet. 

Once the architectural structure is complete, it will be comprised of 18 separate sections of steel and three communication rings. The first--and heaviest--steel section was installed in January, weighing more than 67 tons.

While under construction, One World Trade Center became New York City's tallest building a year ago, standing 1,271 feet above street-level. The building then was 21 feet higher than the Empire State Building's observation deck.




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