New World Trade Center Reaches 100 Stories
Created: 2012-04-03 13:58 EST
One World Trade Center stands under construction on January 30, 2012 in New York City. ( Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
One World Trade Center has hit the 100-story mark, reaching another milestone in its construction. It’s only 4 feet away from beating the Empire State Building (1,250 feet tall) to become New York’s new tallest building.
One World Trade Center has jumped from 93 stories to 100 within the last week, because the six floors are taken up by space for air conditioning, heating and other mechanical equipment.
Hudson river view of WTC (World Trade Center website)
The new World Trade Center is expected to be finished in late 2013 or early 2014. Over half of the offices in the building have already been rented even before its completion. The tenants include Conde Nast moving in by 2014.
The original World Trade Center was built in 1973, and was destroyed by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Annie Smith, 37, a visitor from Maryland whose husband is currently serving in Afghanistan, told local newspaper Am New York: “Our sole focus was to come here and see the World Trade Center and its progress… I spoke to my husband this morning, and he wanted to see lots of pictures. You know, he went into the Army because of 9/11”.
One WTC concourse (World Trade Center website)
One World Trade Center is designed to have 2.6 million square feet of office space, as well as an observation deck, world-class restaurants and broadcast facilities. The new World Trade Center is connected to 13 subway lines, PATH commuter trains to New Jersey, and possible future train connections to Long Island and the airports. The new World Trade Center (WTC) in total comprises five new skyscrapers, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the WTC, the WTC Transportation Hub, 550,000 square feet of retail space, and a Performing Arts Center.