One World Trade

The Freedom Tower
Friday, September 28th, 2012

As the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy passes, we commemorate the lives of valiant World Trade Center heroes. The results of these attacks still reverberate through the nation; however, the growth of the World Trade Center complex will help citizens memorialize and recover from the devastation of this tragedy.

One World Trade Center, colloquially referred to as the Freedom Tower, is the feature building of the new complex in Lower Manhattan. The cornerstone for the tower was laid in 2004 and construction started in 2006. When the building ends construction in 2013, it will raise to 104 stories in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site. Larry Silverstein is the leaseholder and developer of the complex as he is involved in the site’s redevelopment process. It will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world. CHS student Emma Franklin who just visited the site remarks, “One World Trade restores the prominence of the Twin Towers in the Manhattan skyline. Although the towers will never be replaced, this site is truly progressing.” The tower has hope laid into its construction as President Obama signed a beam, “ We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger! Barack Obama.”

The sky scraper’s cost was estimated at $3.8 billion in January 2012, making it the most expensive tower at the time: it was funded by insurance money, the State of New York, and Port Authority. David Childs is the project architect of the tower. One World Trade’s sleek design is inspired by the original Twin Tower’s footprints in certain aspects, but also includes more safety measures like a windowless concrete base. It also pays homage to the Twin Towers by

Freedom Tower Construction

illuminating the night sky daily with an intense beam of light, visible over 1000 feet in the sky. The building’s antenna brings the height of the tower to be 1776 feet to symbolize the year the nation signed the Declaration of Independence.

One World Trade Center is mostly owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but the Durst Organization organizes the leasing of the building. Government tenants include the State of New York and the General Services Administration. A Beijing- based Vantone Industrial Company signed the first lease of the building. A student comments on a concern held by certain tenets, “ Some tenants stress the building to be referred to as One World Trade and not the Freedom Tower. They believe the building is threatened by the powerful title of ‘the Freedom Tower.’”

As people, anxiously await the completion of the Freedom Tower; its construction invests hope and pride into people across the world.