Eleven years after the shocking terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) building in New York, the U.S., reconstruction at the World Trade Center site is now well underway but not after years of delay and controversy. The new complex will include One World Trade Center formerly known as the Freedom Tower, 7 World Trade Center, three other high-rise office buildings, a museum and memorial, and a transportation hub similar in size to Grand Central Terminal.
As construction continues, the rebuilt One World Trade Center has quickly become a prominent fixture in the New York City skyline, overtaking the Empire State Building to become New York's tallest skyscraper this week at 1,271 feet. The milestone is a preliminary one. Workers are still adding floors to the Freedom Tower, and it isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet.
However, its overall roof height, at 1,368 feet will still be 82 feet shorter than the roof of Chicago's 108-story Willis Tower. The building's structure is expected to top out sometime in late spring or early summer of 2012, whereupon its 408-foot radio antenna will be installed. At an estimated cost of $3.8 billion, the tower is also the most expensive single building in the world at the moment.
The 104-story tall skyscraper is being constructed in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, occupying the location where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Center once stood.
Steel workers Adam Cross (R) and Steven Cross maneuver a steel column into place on the 100th story at the top of One World Trade Center to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City.
Two construction workers on the 71st floor of One World Trade Center look at a view of the New York skyline, including the Empire State Building.
Work continues on the core of One World Trade Center (Bottom R) on February 11, 2009
A view of the construction at former site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan in New York, New York, USA, on 16 December 2009.
Queen Elizabeth II of England walks after laying a wreath to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks during a visit to Ground Zero in New York on July 6, 2010
Construction of the One World Trade Center on March 11, 2011
The Freedom Tower in New York on 09 September 2011
The Freedom Tower rises above the World Trade Center site as a worker prepares the site memorial ceremonies, in New York, on 09 September 2011
A view of the bronze panels bearing the names of the victims around the perimeter of the 9/11 Memorial North Pool before the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center September 11, 2011
One World Trade Center, the central skyscraper at Ground Zero, stands under construction on January 30, 2012
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