September 2013

Ironworkers Install Final Section of Spire Atop One World Trade Center

From rise to fall to rise again, the Iron Workers proudly have restored the New York skyline to its majestic and striking glory with the placing of the final spire section on the skyscraper tower of One World Trade Center, rebuilt with the hands and craftsmanship of union ironworkers, who 40 years ago erected the original World Trade Center, and who on 9/11 rushed to the site to join our police and firefighter brethren in response to the horrifying terrorist attack.

As dozens of construction workers from union trades looked on and applauded the historic milestone, union ironworkers installed the final two sections of the 408-foot steel spire at One World Trade Center. The building now stands a symbolic 1,776 feet high, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world.

Using a crane located high above street level; ironworkers lifted the final two pieces off a temporary work platform on the roof of One WTC and attached them to the previously installed 16 sections of spire. During the installation, ironworkers set and tightened 60 bolts at an altitude of 1,701 feet.

“Today is a proud moment for our city and state as we crown the top of One World Trade Center,” said N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This milestone at the World Trade Center site symbolizes the resurgence and resilience of our state and our nation. I want to personally thank the men and women who have worked tirelessly over the years to make today a reality and remember those who lost their lives nearly 12 years ago when the World Trade Center towers fell.”

“Thanks to the hard work of thousands of construction workers throughout the region we have filled the void left in the Manhattan skyline,” said N.J. Governor Chris Christie. “Today’s achievement is a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made by so many brave and innocent souls nearly 12 years ago – including first responders like the 37 Port Authority Police Department officers who lost their lives while heroically responding to the attacks on our nation. More work remains to be done, but today we pause to celebrate this triumph of the American spirit.”

“Today marks a truly momentous occasion for the Port Authority and for the people of the region and the United States,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “Beyond its state-of-the-art design and record-setting heights, One World Trade Center stands as a national symbol of hope and strength in the face of tragedy, and today we pay tribute to the thousands of men and women whose skill and dedication have made this milestone possible.”

“With the final section of spire now in place, One World Trade Center stands as the Western Hemisphere’s tallest icon of freedom, resilience and the indomitable American spirit,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “We could not have accomplished this momentous achievement without the thousands of men and women who have given so much over the years toward rebuilding the World Trade Center site. Today’s milestone is a testament to the spirit of this great nation and a tribute to all who perished during the horrific attacks on 9/11.”

Before today’s lift and installation, two crane operators climbed 195 feet to enter the crane’s cabin, which is equipped with additional safety cables that allow it to withstand up to 100 mph winds while it sits atop One WTC.

The two sections of the spire installed stand 75 feet tall. The raw steel weighs just over 22 tons, but with the bolts, stairs, platforms, LED lighting elements and electrical components, the weight nearly doubles to almost 40 tons.

The spire will serve a state-of-the-art broadcast facility that will provide unparalleled transmission services for the region’s broadcast outlets. The beacon at the top of the spire contains 288 50-watt LED modules that produce 288,000 lumens of light. Once the beacon is lit, it will be visible up to 50 miles on a clear night.

The spire sits atop One WTC, an iconic landmark in Lower Manhattan’s restored skyline. The building is 104 stories tall and features three million square feet of office space. A state-of-the-art observation deck will occupy floors 100-102 and offer breathtaking views of New York City and the region.