Watch The One World Trade Center Spire Go Up
If you’ve already watched the above video, you’ll know that watching a construction crew install a spire at the top of a really tall building is not the most exciting thing to view in the world. However, watching a construction team install the spire of the One World Trade Center—now the tallest building in New York--should inspire a bit more reverence or importance that the usual construction endeavor. If you aren’t ready to commit to the nearly 9-minute long video, at least fast forward to the 7-minute mark and give the last few minutes a shot.
With the completion of the spire, the One World Trade Center reached an impressive height of 1,776 feet, which purposefully alludes to the year the United States of America earned independence. According to CNN, the completion of the spire also makes it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, although in the world the center only ranks third—the tallest being the Burj Khalifa, located in the UAE.
Still, the One World Trade Center is an impressionable building, capped with a modern spire that makes a statement, which was the point of building the structure after 9/11 in the first place. The spire in and of itself is a bit of a feat, weighing 67 tons and featuring 18 steel sections and three communication rings. It will also act as an antennae for a TV station that will be located in the building.
Those who want to peek inside still will have a while to wait. The One World Trade Center is not expected to open its doors until 2014, which will be nearly eight years since construction began in April of 2006.