Press Release Article


Date: Nov 15, 2011
Press Release Number: 140-2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that the Board has approved a new cost-effective architectural design developed for the exterior cladding system that will cover the 185-foot tall secure base of One World Trade Center. Approval of the plan and hiring of the firm to engineer, fabricate and install this podium wall cladding system is a significant step forward as One World Trade Center climbs to the 104th floor.

The Board authorized $37.2 million towards project and contract costs with Permasteelisa North American Corporation to engineer, fabricate and install the new panelized façade, which will consist of stainless steel slat panels around the building’s concrete base covered with glass fins. The glass fins will reflect light during the day, giving the building’s base a distinctive look.

The new design – which is significantly less expensive than the original one – provides a unique aesthetic look at the base of the tower and covers the secure podium structures.

Installation of the redesigned façade system will begin in 2013 and will keep pace with the scheduled completion of the tower by the end of that year. Work also is under way to install more than 12,000 traditional ultraclear glass panels to the building’s steel frame.

Port Authority Chairman David Samson said, “The World Trade Center site continues to progress at a historic pace and approving this design is a cost-effective solution to a complex problem. It provides a practical way to cover the tower’s secure base, and give it an innovative, inviting look for the thousands of workers who will be employed there and the millions of tourists who will visit it.”

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said, “By responding quickly when a technical issue arose, we have kept this project on schedule and continued the momentum behind our rebuilding efforts at the site.

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “One World Trade Center will be the strongest office building ever built, and the cladding system that has been selected for the base is one of the elements that ensures we will meet that goal. Not only will this system be cost-effective, but it will also provide a unique façade benefitting an iconic building.”

At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Board of Commissioners took the following additional actions:


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.