Video: One World Trade Centre

Footage shows building of tallest building in western hemisphere

One World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower, is the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex in New York City's Lower Manhattan and is the tallest building in the United States.

The 104-story supertall skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center.

The building is bordered to the west by West Street, to the north by Vesey Street, to the south by Fulton Street, and to the east by Washington Street.

Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the building began on 27 April, 2006. On 30 March, 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the building would be known by its legal name, One World Trade Center, rather than the colloquial name, Freedom Tower.

The tower's steel structure topped out on 30 August 30, 2012 On 10 May, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world by pinnacle height.

Its spire reaches a symbolic height of 1,776ft (541m) in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. 

 

 

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