The final steel beam has been lifted in place atop the World Trade Center, Tower Four, in New York City. Weighing eight tonnes, it completes the height of the 977ft, 72-storey structure which has been designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki in 2008. The building is set to be a great source of national pride for American citizens after the previous World Trade Center was destroyed on September 11, 2001.
Silverstein Properties President and CEO Larry A. Silverstein were joined by around 1,000 construction workers at the topping out ceremony, celebrating the first office tower that will be completed on the original World Trade Center site. Silverstein commented: "The topping out of 4 World Trade Center represents another milestone in the effort to create a new, dynamic World Trade Center at the heart of a resurgent Downtown."
As it stands, the structure is the fourth tallest skyscraper on the rebuilt World Trade Center site and is the city's sixth largest skyscraper. 4 World Trade will be the first of the Center's structures to be completed since September 11, 2001 and is expected to open for business in the autumn of 2013, with the primary function of housing commercial offices. A third of the office space will be set aside for the headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owners of the site. An atrium will house shops, boutiques and restaurants.
4 World Trade Center is located at 150 Greenwich Street and bounded by Greenwich, Church, Cortlandt and Liberty Streets. The tower is designed to have an abstract quality - minimal, light, cool in colour, and ephemeral, changing with the light of day. It has been designed to meet a LEED Gold level of sustainable design - like 7 World Trade Center and the other office buildings at the WTC site.
Fumihiko Maki said that: “The design of the tower at 150 Greenwich has two fundamental elements - a ‘minimalist’ tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a ‘podium’ that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalization of lower Manhattan.”