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1 World Trade Center steel construction reaches halfway mark

December 17, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

Steel construction has reached the halfway point for 1 World Trade Center, the building also known as the Freedom Tower, the Associated Press reported yesterday. Watch the online video and see a live camera image at www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress.

According to the AP story, steel at the building reached the 52nd story [more than 600 ft above ground] on Thursday December 16. The tower is slated to stand at 104 stories with an antenna reaching hundreds of feet higher bringing it to a symbolic 1,776 ft - the tallest in the country.

AP reported that on Thursday a worker wearing a hard hat drove a bolt into a steel column on the 52nd floor. It takes so long for workers at the rising tower to return to the ground that a Subway sandwich shop built out of shipping containers is being raised along with the building by a hydraulically powered platform.

According to AP the skyscraper is one of several envisioned at the site along with a Sept. 11 memorial, transit hub, and performing arts center. The memorial, with reflecting pools set above the footprints of the fallen towers, is expected to open by the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

More information on 1 World Trade Center construction progress can be found at www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress.


For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]


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