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Steel Shots: One WTC Spire Heads to NYC
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM.


Nine barrel-shaped sections of steel, produced in Montreal for the 408-ft-tall spire for One World Trade Center, recently traveled 1,500 nautical miles on a barge from Quebec to lower Manhattan. The rest of the sections will arrive by truck later this month from Canada and New Jersey. Photo: Courtesy of DCM Erectors


Eighteen barrel-shaped sections of steel will make up One World Trade Center’s 408-ft spire, which will weigh nearly 800 tons and function as an antenna, according to a recent article published in New York Daily News.


According to the article the first piece of the spire — a 16-ft-tall, 70-ton steel section — was raised 104 stories and hoisted into place atop the tower last week. The entire spire is expected to be installed by the spring, and when it’s complete One WTC will be become the tallest building in the western hemisphere at 1,776 ft; it’s currently the tallest building in New York.


You can view additional photos of the first piece of the spire being lifted into place and read the article in its entirety at (direct link:


More information about the One WTC’s construction progress can be found at

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