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Steel Shots: WTC Oculus Takes Shape
Posted by Tasha Weiss on November 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM.

Big steel is rising for the “Oculus” at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, as shown in the above photo taken last week by AISC’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Engineer, Jacinda Collins. The structure, which frames the Transportation Hub’s main concourse, features a curved, wing-like appearance and uses more than 11,000 tons of structural steel to create its distinctive shape. Click on the photo to view a rendering of the project, courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, when completed in 2015, will serve more than 200,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world.


The Hub’s “winged” gateway, also known as the “Oculus,” was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava. Its street-level entrance features a curved rib roof and soaring arches, leading commuters to the Hub’s underground PATH rail system, 11 New York City Subway lines, 225,000 sq. ft of retail and restaurant space, four office towers at the WTC site, the World Financial Center and the Winter Garden – all of which comprises one of the most extensive underground pedestrian connections in New York City.


For additional information on the WTC Transportation Hub’s construction progress, visit

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