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One World Trade Center Steel Spire Installed
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM.

The final sections of the 408-ft steel spire for One World Trade Center were lifted to the top of the building earlier this month and installed this past Friday. The skyscraper now stands at a symbolic 1,776 ft high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world.


Eighteen barrel-shaped sections of steel make up the spire, which weighs nearly 760 tons and will function as world-class broadcast antenna.


You can view videos and photos of welders installing the spire at WABC-TV’s website.


The steel for the building topped out last August when the last of the spandrel beams were installed between the parapet columns. The 104-story high-rise will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of NYC’s World Trade Center site — overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — with 3 million sq. ft of office space.


More information on WTC’s construction progress can be found at

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