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1 WTC Steel Construction Reaches 80th Floor Milestone
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM.

As the nation observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11 yesterday, signs of recovery were shown in the progress of rebuilding the World Trade Center. Steel for 1 World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower) has risen to at least the 80th floor, at 1,000 ft above street level, and is now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan. It is visible in the skyline from around New York and northern New Jersey.


Designed by architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, the tower is slated to stand at 104 stories with an antenna reaching hundreds of feet higher bringing it to a symbolic height of 1,776 ft, the tallest in the country. It is scheduled to be completed in 2013.


The steel tower at 1 World Trade Center is one of four skyscrapers envisioned for the site, as well as a transportation hub, a museum, and a memorial that opened yesterday on the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. The memorial is complete with reflecting pools and the victims’ names engraved in bronze parapets, set above the footprints of the fallen towers.


For more information on the project’s construction progress, including a live camera image, visit

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