Developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – and managed, operated and leased by The Durst Organization, One World Trade Center is redefining Lower Manhattan’s New York skyline. Standing at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall, the architectural and engineering marvel is an ever-present symbol of renewal and hope.

Designed by renowned architect David Childs, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, One World Trade Center incorporates new architectural and environmental standards, setting a new level of social responsibility in urban design.

The 104-story building, a joint venture between The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and The Durst Organization, is designed to be the safest commercial structure in the world and the premier c ommercial business address in New York. Currently One World Trade Center has leased 67 percent of its 3,000,000,000 square feet of office space which includes tenants: Condé Nast who is One WTC’s an chor tenant leasing nearly 1.2 million square feet to house its global headquarters, U.S. General Services Administration which has leased more than 270,000 square feet, global digital gaming company High 5 Games has leased more than 85,000 square feet, Tech advertising firm xAd has leased more than 86,000 square feet, and prominent financial services Moody’s has leased more than 70,000 square fee t bringing some of the world’s top companies to Lower Manhattan.

One World Trade Center has also attracted broadcast tenants CBS, NBC Universal-owned WNBC, WNJJ and PBS has relocated operations to the 408-foot-tall spire of One World Trade Center.

The New Standard in Design

The ultra-modern design of One World Trade Center is an innovative mix of architecture, safety and sustainability featuring column-free floors, nine-foot high, floor to ceiling, and clear glass windows for

spectacular unparalleled views. The building's simplicity and clarity of form are timeless, extending the long tradition of American ingenuity in high-rise construction. One World Trade Center will be a new visual landmark for New York and the United States.

One World Trade Center is designed to achieve LEED CS Gold Certification and its structure is designed around a strong, redundant steel frame, consisting of beams and columns. Paired with a concrete-core shear wall, the redundant steel frame lends substantial rigidity and redundancy to the overall building structure while providing column-free interior spans for maximum flexibility. The building incorporates highly advanced state-of-the-art life-safety systems that exceed the requirements of the New York City Building Code and that will lead the way in developing new innovative technology for high-rise building standards.

A New Level of Social Responsibility in Urban Design

Through unprecedented collaborations with technology and energy leaders throughout the world, One World Trade Center's design team used the latest methods to maximize efficiency, minimize waste a
nd pollution, conserve water, improve air quality and reduce the impacts of the development.

Taking advantage of the next generation of innovative energy sources, as well as off-site renewable wind and hydro power, One World Trade Center is slated to be both safe and environmentally friendly.

Unsurpassed Access

Workers commuting to One World Trade Center will enjoy unprecedented access to mass transit service. Dazzling new climate-controlled corridors will connect One World Trade Center to the WTC Transportation Hub and the new PATH terminal, 11 NYC Transit subway lines and the new Fulton Street Transit Center, the World Financial Center and ferry terminal, underground parking and approximately 450,000 square feet of world-class shopping and dining amenities developed by Westfield a leading world-wide retail property owner situated throughout the16-acre World trade Center campus.

One World Trade Center's location in Lower Manhattan positions it in close proximity to amenities at the World Financial Center, Battery Park City and the new West Side Promenade, as well as offers easy access to Tribeca, South Street Seaport and Wall Street. Neighborhood amenities include world-class shopping and a riverfront walkway in a mixed-use community that is active 24/7.

Leasing

To learn about leasing space, see floor plans and more, visit the One World Trade Center site.

One WTC Construction Status

  • April 27, 2006 Construction of the Freedom Tower (OWTC) officially begins with groundbreaking ceremony
  • Blasting started June 21, 2006
  • Tishman Construction continues drilling at One WTC November 29, 2006
  • December 19, 2006 first steel columns erected
  • The first of 64 steel cages, which will reinforce the slurry wall that wraps around the site, is erected January 24, 2007
  • Final concrete formwork for One WTC core foundations is underway October 12, 2007
  • Concrete placement at One WTC north core concrete shear walls are insulated January 2, 2008
  • May 17, 2008 One WTC steel columns rise above grade
  • One WTC south core rises more than 25 feet above street level November 20, 2008
  • March 27, 2009 Port Authority changes the name from Freedom Tower to One World Trade Center
  • November 26, 2009 twenty-four steel columns erected around One WTC
  • First ever “cocoon” protective system is used at One WTC on April 5, 2010
  • Steel erection is complete to One WTC 40th floor on September 28, 2010
  • Steel erection is complete to One WTC 52nd floor on December 17, 2010
  • Curtain wall installed to the 27th floor March 3, 2011
  • Steel erection is complete to One WTC 64th floor on May 4, 2011
  • Steel erection reaches 92nd floor February 2, 2012
  • The topping out of steel occurred in August 2012 with the 104th floor
  • Spire segments arrive in New York Harbor November 16, 2012
  • The first spire section was installed on January 2013
  • The final piece of spire was lifted and installed on May 10, 2013 bringing the Tower to its full height
  • Derrick cranes removed from roof of One WTC September 6, 2013
  • One World Trade Center opened for business on November 3, 2014 with the move in of Conde Nast
  • Spire and Beacon lighting tested November 8, 2013
  • One WTC was officially ruled taller than the Willis Tower Building in Chicago, by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat on November 12, 2013
  • Masons install Mesabi Black granite floors in lobby of One WTC December 6, 2013
  • January 29, 2014 First official lighting of One WTC spire
  • February 21, 2014 move one of 13,000 glass window panels into place
  • The completed glazing for the entire Tower (including hoists) occurred in September 2014
  • October 17, 2014 One WTC sidewalks open to general public on Vesey, West and Fulton streets
  • One World Trade Center opened for business on November 3, 2014 with the move in of Conde Nast
  • One World Observatory opens to the general public May 29, 2015

One WTC Building Facts

  • The tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere stands at a symbolic 1,776 feet.
  • 104 Floors
  • Lobby Height: 50 feet (part of building base)
  • 3 million square feet Class (A) office space.
  • There are 70 elevators in the building
  • 3 observation floors (100,101,102)
  • Over 45,000 tons of structural steel
  • Over 200,000 cubic yards of concrete. Enough concrete to make a sidewalk from New York to Chicago
  • Base Shape and Dimensions: cubic, measuring 200 feet by 200 feet Below Grade Footprint: 42,000 square feet
  • Pedestrian access from Vesey, Fulton and West Streets at grade and from Transportation Hub East-West Connector below grade
  • Office Space: 3,000,000 square feet, with typical office floors at 13' 4" floor-to-floor height
  • 11 Escalators serving Lobby, Retail and Observation Deck needs; and 71 Elevators: 44 high-rise passenger, 10 high-rise shuttle, 5 high-rise service, 5 high-rise express to the observation deck, and 7 low-rise
  • The 187-foot-high base will be clad in over 2,100 pieces of specially designed glass panels
  • Exterior cladding will be composed of 1,000,000 square feet of glass

One WTC Safety &
Security Features

  • Safety systems exceed code requirements.
  • Elevators housed in protected central building core
  • Protected tenant collection point on each floor.
  • Dedicated staircase for use by firefighters.
  • Extra wide pressurized staircases.
  • Concrete-protected sprinklers, emergency risers and communication systems
  • Enhanced emergency communication cabling

One WTC - Green Features

  • Most environmentally sustainable project of its size in the world
  • Designed to achieve LEED CS Gold Certification Pending certified by US Green Building Council
  • Energy performance exceeds code requirements by 20%
  • Cooling systems use reclaimed rainwater
  • Waste steam helps generate electricity