December 2001

A program to restore Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid-transit rail service disrupted by the September 11 terrorist attacks is approved. Planning also is authorized for a permanent World Trade Center PATH Terminal and redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

February 2002

Work begins at Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, to repair damage and enable restoration of PATH service to the Jersey City waterfront. The Port Authority begins outlining concepts for a downtown transportation hub linking PATH, subway lines, ferry service and areas adjoining the WTC site.

July 2002

Following completion of emergency activities, responsibility and control of the World Trade Center site is transferred from New York City to The Port Authority. The Port Authority begins work on the temporary World Trade Center PATH station.

August 2002

New York Governor George Pataki and New Jersey Governor James McGreevey dedicate a World Trade Center site viewing fence with heroes’ names and other information panels. The first steel column is erected at the WTC site for the temporary PATH station.

November 2002

A groundbreaking ceremony is held for 7 WTC and the Con Ed substation.

February 2003

The Port Authority and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announce the selection of Memory Foundations by Studio Daniel Libeskind as the design concept for The World Trade Center site.

June 2003

PATH service resumes at the Exchange Place Station in Jersey City, NJ on June 29, restoring a critical link in trans-Hudson PATH service and creating greater access to expanded ferry service to Lower Manhattan.

July 2003

The LMDC begins the public environmental review process for the WTC Memorial Redevelopment Plan. The Port Authority announces the selection of Downtown Design Partnership and the internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava to perform preliminary engineering and architectural services for the design and construction of The World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

September 2003

A refined WTC Site Master Plan is presented.

October 2003

The Port Authority conducts public meetings for environmental review of The World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

November 2003

The temporary WTC PATH Station opens on November 23, ahead of schedule, reconnecting lower Manhattan and New Jersey.

December 2003

Design concept for The World Trade Center site’s 1,776-foot One World Trade Center is unveiled on December 19.

January 2004

Architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker present the winning design concept for The World Trade Center Memorial. Santiago Calatrava presents design concepts for The World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

December 2004

Final design of the WTC Memorial and museum is unveiled.

May 2005

Design is unveiled for The World Trade Center Cultural Center by Snøhetta.

June 2005

A revised design for the One World Trade Center is released with unprecedented life safety and security features.

July 2005

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorizes the $2.221 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub project. Architect Santiago Calatrava presents his
refined design.
The Federal Transit Administration and The Port Authority announce $699 million of additional federal funding for WTC infrastructure work, and $478 million for a new World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center project.

September 2005

Construction begins on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub on September 6.

March 2006

Preliminary construction work begins on The World Trade Center Memorial on
March 13.

April 2006

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approves the framework proposal for a new lease agreement with World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein on April 27. Under the framework proposal, Silverstein Properties continues to build Towers 2, 3 and 4. Silverstein Properties surrenders its lease rights for the One World Trade Center and Tower 5 to The Port Authority.
Construction officially begins on the One World Trade Center on April 28.

May 2006

Seven World Trade Center opens on May 23.

July 2006

The Port Authority assumes responsibility for construction of the World Trade
Center Memorial.

August 2006

Preliminary work begins on east/west concourse for World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Construction of The World Trade Center Memorial resumes.

September 2006

The Port Authority finalizes agreements on September 21, giving The Port Authority control of construction of the One World Trade Center and Tower 5. Architectural designs for Towers 2, 3 and 4 are unveiled.

December 2006

The first steel columns for One World Trade Center are placed on December 19.

February 2008

Towers 2, 3 and 4 site turned over to Silverstein Properties.

March 2008

PATH Temporary North Access Station opens.

September 2008

First Installation of Memorial Steel.

December 2009

One World Trade Center’s height reaches more than 200 feet above street level.

March 2010

The Port Authority, Silverstein Properties and the State and City of New York announce an agreement on the development plan for the east side of the World Trade Center site on March 25.

December 2010

The Port Authority has awarded nearly 95% of the Hub’s contracts, valued at $3.4 billion, triggering progress on every inch of the Hub.
In the fourth week of December, One World Trade Center height reaches the 52nd floor, more than halfway to the top, and will rise a floor a week until complete.

February 2011

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approves a major construction contract to fabricate and erect the steel for the Oculus designed by Santiago Calatrava on February 24.

May 2011

On May 25, the Port Authority signs a lease with Condé Nast to occupy one-third of One World Trade Center.

September 2011

On September 11, the Memorial Plaza at the National September 11th Memorial opens for the first time during a moving ceremony at the World Trade Center site.

January 2012

On January 13, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announces a milestone of awarding $1 billion in direct World Trade Center contracts to minority and women-owned business enterprises.

February 2012

On February 9, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approves a joint venture with the Westfield Group to develop, lease and operate shopping and dining space at the World Trade Center site.

April 2012

On April 30, One World trade Center surpasses the Empire State Building and reclaims the title of tallest structure in New York.

June 2012

On June 14, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join Governors Cuomo and Christie in signing one of the last beams placed atop One World Trade Center to bring the building to its final height of 104 stories.

September 2012

On September 24, The Durst Organization launches OneWTC.com, a marketing website to attract and engage tenants from around the world.

October 2012

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approves the construction of a major retail concourse with T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. at the World Trade Center site on October 18.

November 2012

On November 16, the iconic Spire leaves Valleyfield, Quebec on its way to
Port Newark.

December 2012

The Spire arrives at Pier 25 from Port Newark on the morning of December 11.
On December 12, work crews at One World Trade Center lift the first piece of the Spire to the top of the building.

January 2013

On January 15, the first section of the Spire is installed at One World Trade Center.

March 2013

March 20, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners approve the selection of nationally renowned Legends Hospitality, LLC (Legends) to develop and operate the observation deck at the top of One World Trade Center.

May 2013

On May 10, One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and third tallest in the world. The building reaches its iconic height of 1,776 feet when ironworkers place the final piece of a 408-foot spire at the top of
the building.

July 2013

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey launches One World Trade Center Photo Contest on July 26. Nearly 1,000 images are submitted and over 75,000 votes are cast over the 30-day contest.

September 2013

On September 6, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announces the top three photos with the most votes in the One World Trade Center Photo Contest.
On September 11, a ceremony is held at the Memorial Plaza at National September 11th Memorial. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pays tribute to its employees lost on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 with an Interfaith Remembrance Service at St. Peter’s Church.

 

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