Steel Shots: World Trade Center Site Update

Rising between the steel wings of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s gateway (also known as the Oculus) and the prominent triangular 4 World Trade Center, 3 World Trade Center’s core has reached the 19th floor and steel to the 14th floor. Owen Steel Company, Columbia, S.C. (an AISC Member and Certified fabricator) is providing the structural steel fabrication services for the skyscraper, which is planned to be 1,155 ft tall with 80 stories. The building is slated to be completed in 2018. (Photo: Jacinda Collins, AISC) 

For the past several years, NYC’s World Trade Center site has been gradually rebuilding, structure by structure. 4 World Trade Center was the first tower to open at the complex in late 2013, followed by 1 World Trade Center last November. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum opened last spring. For more on these steel-framed WTC projects, see the MSC articles “Four at the Fore” (04/2015), “Rising to the Top” (02/2014) and “Trident True” (01/2014).

Plans for the last WTC tower -- 2 WTC -- were unveiled last week. The 80-plus-story, 1,340-ft tower was designed by Bjarke Ingels as seven separate building volumes stacked on top of each other. See a video and renderings in the Wired article “Revealed: The Inside Story of the Last WTC Tower’s Design.”