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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #18001
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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #18002
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whoa cool colors
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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:50 PM   #18003
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Tetris tower

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Old December 4th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #18004
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Old December 4th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #18005
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If I see right on the webcam, looks like new corner pieces of the cladding arrived..
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Old December 4th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #18006
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I saw it yesterday, looks Awesome!
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Old December 4th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #18007
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The colours look awesome!
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #18008
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Does anyone know how the core is shaped as it goes up?
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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:58 PM   #18009
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Does anyone know how the core is shaped as it goes up?
It's becoming an octagon..

Btw, SE corner piece of the cladding is up..
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Old December 4th, 2010, 07:13 PM   #18010
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Old December 4th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #18011
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Strange that they have two pieces of core steel up as high as the 52nd floor.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:22 AM   #18012
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^ new aerial shot, it really shows how far this beast has left to go and how already it looks dominate
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Old December 5th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #18013
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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #18014
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^ new aerial shot, it really shows how far this beast has left to go and how already it looks dominate
nice find, there you go:

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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #18015
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Does anyone know how the core is shaped as it goes up?
The floor plans are square for the first 200' of the building and then, the corners are progressively chopped off until it becomes a perfect octagon. As the building rises, the chopping off continues until there is nothing left of the sides of the initial square and what is left is a smaller square at 45 degrees to the earlier square.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #18016
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NYPD boss' World Trade Center security plan
Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly writes a guest column to the New York Post: I make no apologies for "Draconian" security plans

By Raymond W. Kelly
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NEW YORK — With buildings now rapidly rising from the destruction at Ground Zero, a few critics are characterizing the New York City Police Department's plans to protect the World Trade Center site as Draconian. That's wrong, but a basic point is correct: The NYPD is determined to provide security at the World Trade Center commensurate with the terrorist threat.

I make no apologies for this; it is among my foremost missions as police commissioner.

The initial 2002 site-wide design work for World Trade Center redevelopment satisfied many different architectural and land-use criteria, but failed to take into consideration security countermeasures to address the ongoing terrorist threat. The WTC has been attacked twice before, once to its total devastation, and it remains a prime target of our enemies.

The NYPD therefore began a collaborative effort with the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties to ensure that the Freedom Tower, now called One World Trade Center, would be built to appropriate standards. The NYPD convened a world-class panel, including leading experts in terrorism, bomb-blast effects and structural engineering, to consult on the redesign of the building. This work culminated in the unveiling in June 2005 of the new Freedom Tower design - which will produce the safest and most secure high-rise building in the world.

We then turned our attention to the remaining buildings at the site. In lieu of redesigning Towers 2, 3 and 4 to the same standards as One WTC, the Port Authority in 2006 agreed to adopt a "campus security" approach significantly lowering engineering and construction costs for these buildings.

Over the last three years, the NYPD has worked closely with the PA to develop a security plan that balances the needs of security and accessibility. The PA and the NYPD memorialized our shared goals for security at the site when Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward and I signed the World Trade Center Strategic Security Plan in June 2010.

This plan establishes a coordinated approach to security in which the NYPD, the Port Authority PD and private-security personnel hired by WTC tenants treat the individual buildings and entities at the site as a whole for security purposes.

In fact, the Port Authority has agreed to integrate all of the security technologies deployed throughout the site (including more than 3,000 closed-circuit TV cameras) into the NYPD's state-of-the art Coordination Center, where they can be monitored 24/7 by police personnel.

Far from a Draconian, fortress-like approach, this security plan is a high-tech street-management system designed to expedite entry for vehicles transporting employees and visitors, ensure efficient truck deliveries and provide for unfettered pedestrian and bicycle access.

The city is undertaking detailed traffic modeling of the effects of the security plan on congestion in Lower Manhattan. The results of this modeling will be presented to the public in the environmental-impact study being commissioned by the NYPD.

Landlords, managing agents and tenants will change over time, but the threat to the World Trade Center will persist, as demonstrated by al Qaeda's 2006 plot to set off explosives in the PATH tubes and flood the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan. Rather than give way to this threat, the NYPD and the Port Authority are working together to make the World Trade Center the safest work environment in the world.

Now is the time for anyone with alternate ideas for securing the site to present them for consideration.

One lesson we've learned since 9/11 is that New York's economic vitality depends on the NYPD's ability to provide safe and secure city business districts. The security plan's detractors, including unnamed real-estate executives cited in published accounts, fail to appreciate this point: In the post-9/11 world, security is not at odds with commerce but, in fact, essential to it.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 06:13 PM   #18017
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Old December 5th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #18018
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^ new aerial shot, it really shows how far this beast has left to go and how already it looks dominate
well said! i've been so happy to see this building take shape and it's already starting to show the potential to re-solidify the downtown skyline.
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Old December 5th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #18019
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It's really sad that such measures are needed.
It's a fact of life that nothing and nowhere is 100% safe.
I think that if I worked in such a tall tower, I would
have a parachute under my desk.

This puppy is really starting to look tall!
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Old December 5th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #18020
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