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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #45901
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Yeah! The North Tower is BACK!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #45902
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Five Questions: One World Trade Tops Out; What’s Next?
http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/20...ut-whats-next/

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One World Trade Center, the signature tower being built at Ground Zero, reached its peak Friday morning, with the final piece of its mast being installed at 1,776 feet above street level.

The event marks a milestone for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center, one of America’s most prominent construction projects. The 16-acre swath of Lower Manhattan has been largely fenced off from the rest of the city since terrorists felled the Twin Towers.

Construction, however, is still ongoing, and will be for some time to come. The building isn’t set to open to tenants—and the public—until sometime in 2015.

Why has the building taken so long?

First planned in 2003, One World Trade has been slowed in large part by having too many cooks in the kitchen as a series of New York and New Jersey governors, two different private developers, a public-agency developer, and a host of other actors have guided its rise.

The building has had two different architects and three different designs. Agencies failed to coordinate, and at one point more than two years into planning, the building needed to be moved to assuage security concerns raised by the New York Police Department. It even has had two different names: first “Freedom Tower,” which was dropped in favor of the more neutral One World Trade Center, in part for marketing reasons.

Who will occupy the building?

Publisher Condé Nast has signed on to be the anchor tenant for one-third of the 3 million square feet in the building (that’s about the same size as the Empire State Building). Others include the federal government, which agreed to take space as a form of subsidy for the tower, and Chinese real estate firm Beijing Vantone. That makes it about 55% leased, and the developers are looking for others. In addition, an observation deck is slated to be built on the top three floors.

Will it be financially successful?

Barring an economic miracle, not any time soon. At $3.9 billion, the building is set to be the most expensive office tower ever built. It was valued in 2010 at about $2 billion, although that has likely risen some since given an improving market. Like the initial Twin Towers, however, it could find success some years or decades into the future, should rents rise over time.

What’s the status of the rest of the World Trade Center site?

The memorial plaza opened in 2011, although the remaining components are still some time off. Three other towers are planned by private developer Larry Silverstein, with the first of them—4 World Trade Center—scheduled to be delivered to its two government tenants by the end of 2013. Another, 3 World Trade Center, isn’t going higher than eight stories until it finds a tenant. The final one, 2 World Trade Center, doesn’t have the same subsidies behind it as the others, so it would need a major tenant at healthy rents.

Is this the tallest building in the Western hemisphere?

It depends how height is counted. If you ask the owners, yes. But it all depends on whether the 408-foot mast is considered a spire—an architecturally integral piece of the building—or an antenna, which would mean the building is just counted to its roof at 1,368 feet. The mast’s main architectural feature—a geometric white shell—was stripped from plans last year, leaving exposed the infrastructure that was not designed for public view. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the official arbiter, and they are set to rule when it’s completed.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #45904
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Not sure if it has been posted, but take a look at one of the most beautiful photos of WTC topped out. Love this view with Midtown in background...

Freaking AWESOME Thanks!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #45905
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Congratulations NY!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #45906
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It was a fun ride watching this go up. Sort of sad its topped out. Beer anyone?
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Old May 10th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #45907
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3rd tallest building in the world right now!

http://skyscrapercenter.com/create.p...=on&list_year=

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1. Burj Khalifa Dubai (AE) 828 2717 163 2010 steel-concrete office-residential-hotel
2. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel Mecca (SA) 601 1972 120 2012 steel-concrete other-hotel-multiple
3. One World Trade Center New York City (US) 541 1776 104 2014 composite office
4. Taipei 101 Taipei (TW) 508 1667 101 2004 composite office
5. Shanghai World Financial Center Shanghai (CN) 492 1614 101 2008 composite hotel-office
6. International Commerce Centre Hong Kong (CN) 484 1588 108 2010 composite hotel-office
7. Petronas Tower 1 Kuala Lumpur (MY) 452 1483 88 1998 composite office
7. Petronas Tower 2 Kuala Lumpur (MY) 452 1483 88 1998 composite office
9. Zifeng Tower Nanjing (CN) 450 1476 66 2010 composite hotel-office
10. Willis Tower Chicago (US) 442 1451 108 1974 steel office
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #45908
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It was a fun ride watching this go up. Sort of sad its topped out. Beer anyone?
Sad? No, it's one of the best occasions ever. And it will be even better when the facade clad is done!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #45909
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It's a wonderful tower. Congrats from belgium !
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #45910
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It's a gorgeous looking skyscraper. Congratulations from California
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:11 PM   #45911
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Amazing quality of the tower!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #45912
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NICE...Just Beautiful now that it is topped out. Close to the end of the Journey. Although I still wished they went with the radome spire, the new one is not bad either. Looks like the elder's wand though. lol.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #45913
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watching them install glass panels on the live earthcam is actually cool, never seen it before
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #45914
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Congratulations

I think the removal of the extra rings and the adding of the wires will still add to how the spire looks.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:29 PM   #45915
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Watched it this morning on The Today Show live and filmed it on my mom's iPhone as well. I could just feel so much New York spirit as I watched, and kept me in a great mood all day. Can't wait to see this behemoth finally complete in a few weeks!
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #45916
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CTBUH has listed it as officially "Topped Out" on their database!

http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/buil...building_id=98
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:34 PM   #45917
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great pictures from http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/final...184428726.html
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:48 PM   #45918
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it looks so freakin' ahha
congrats for workers, for all american =D

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Not sure if it has been posted, but take a look at one of the most beautiful photos of WTC topped out. Love this view with Midtown in background...

it's so flawless! the WTC1 looks so more tall. =D
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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:55 PM   #45919
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Finally, it´s been a long way to this point!
The new tallest stem has grown from the Big Apple!

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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:56 PM   #45920
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Measuring up: Architect faces tall tower call
http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ED01/130509717

We should all know the official ruling by November of this year!

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Mr. Wood is executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based nonprofit that serves as the arbiter in the competition among developers and architects to win the “world's tallest” honor. The organization will soon face a key decision: whether One World Trade Center in New York will usurp Willis Tower as the tallest building in the hemisphere.


“I think Chicago is the best-informed city in the world for architecture, so I think it is a big deal,” said Mr. Wood, 42.


Mr. Wood, executive director of the organization since 2006, is one of about two dozen members of a height committee that will make the call. The committee of architects, engineers and developers is expected to convene the week of Nov. 7, when members gather for the annual awards symposium in Chicago, to rule on One World Trade Center, Mr. Wood said.
--Either way. Ultimately whatever their decision will be. I am just very happy the WTC is back and it's stunning. Right now next on the agenda is the finalizing of the cladding.
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