Date:  Jan 15, 2013

Press Release Number:  3


Iconic building on its way to claiming status as tallest building in Western Hemisphere

Construction crews at the 16-acre World Trade Center site this morning installed the first piece of the 408-foot spire that will raise the height of the iconic One World Trade Center to 1,776 feet -- when it will then become the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Ironworkers and crane operators used two cranes to lift and guide the first section of steel into place. Crews guided the first piece, which is the heaviest section and weighs more than 67 tons, into a six-foot concrete base on the building’s roof.

Workers had hoisted the first section to the top of the building on December 12, less than 24 hours after it arrived by barge at Pier 25 in Lower Manhattan. The largest piece, along with eight other large sections of spire, traveled 1,500 nautical miles down the Atlantic seaboard from Valleyfield, Quebec in late November. Nine additional smaller sections of spire arrived via truck last month.

Installation of all 18 pieces of spire and three communication rings will take two to three months, depending on wind and weather conditions. A stainless steel beacon weighing almost six tons will be the final piece put into position, bringing the building to its final height of 1,776 feet.

The spire will serve a state-of-the-art broadcast facility housed in One WTC. The Durst Organization will oversee construction and operation of the facility, which will provide unparalleled service for the region’s broadcasters.

The building has attracted world-class tenants including Condé Nast, Vantone Holdings' China Center and the U.S. General Services Administration. It will offer unrivaled views of the region and aims to be one of the safest and most environmentally friendly buildings in the world. 

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit