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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuy View Post
    Doesn't the article posted by BigMac above state that they are not even offering as available the upper floors yet? My office is on the top floor of a one-story building, but if given a choice in a supertall I'd still prefer the lowest floors primarily for the convenience of it being easier to come and go.
    The highest floors are also much smaller, anyone renting has to take this into account.

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    New York looks so different from twenty years ago.

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    PORT AUTHORITY BOARD Approves Plan
    for EXTERIOR GLASS FACADE AT BASE OF ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 15, 2011


    CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that the Board has approved a new cost-effective architectural design developed for the exterior cladding system that will cover the 185-foot tall secure base of One World Trade Center. Approval of the plan and hiring of the firm to engineer, fabricate and install this podium wall cladding system is a significant step forward as One World Trade Center climbs to the 104th floor.

    The Board authorized $37.2 million towards project and contract costs with Permasteelisa North American Corporation to engineer, fabricate and install the new panelized façade, which will consist of stainless steel slat panels around the building’s concrete base covered with glass fins. The glass fins will reflect light during the day, giving the building’s base a distinctive look.

    The new design – which is significantly less expensive than the original one – provides a unique aesthetic look at the base of the tower and covers the secure podium structures.

    Installation of the redesigned façade system will begin in 2013 and will keep pace with the scheduled completion of the tower by the end of that year. Work also is under way to install more than 12,000 traditional ultraclear glass panels to the building’s steel frame.

    Port Authority Chairman David Samson said, “The World Trade Center site continues to progress at a historic pace and approving this design is a cost-effective solution to a complex problem. It provides a practical way to cover the tower’s secure base, and give it an innovative, inviting look for the thousands of workers who will be employed there and the millions of tourists who will visit it.”

    Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said, “By responding quickly when a technical issue arose, we have kept this project on schedule and continued the momentum behind our rebuilding efforts at the site.

    Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “One World Trade Center will be the strongest office building ever built, and the cladding system that has been selected for the base is one of the elements that ensures we will meet that goal. Not only will this system be cost-effective, but it will also provide a unique façade benefitting an iconic building.”

    At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Board of Commissioners took the following additional actions:

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    Authorized the award of a construction trade contract with Skanska Koch Inc., for architectural steel for the north and south concourse in the Transit Hall in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

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    Authorized the award of a construction trade contract to Eagle One Roofing Contractors Inc., for roofing and waterproofing for the World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center.

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    Authorized the award of a construction trade contract to Holt Construction Corp. for masonry for the World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center.

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    Authorized $5 million in planning to support the final design of Liberty Park at the World Trade Center site.

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    Authorized the award of a construction trade contract with Eurotech Construction Corp. for concrete and waterproofing work associated with the World Trade Center site retail and parking areas.
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    This should be interesting, kind of like the gem tower.

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    Pics (or at least renders), or it ain't real...

    ;-)

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    Full size: stevrie

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    Frank Sinatra comes to mind!

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    I was on the outbound Metra in Chicago yesterday where you see the John Hancock Center in profile and was shocked at the similarities to what 1WTC should appear like - the dimensions are not that far off - a higher roof by about 200 feet (1127 vs. 1368) but a similar sized spire/antenna (~370 vs ~400), a narrowing shape, and a similar roof superstructure. Of course there are many more differences but it kind of makes you wish for a second we enjoyed this much spacing between these towers.

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    With regards to the above photo from 30 Rock, I'm much preferring having one skyline-topping tower than the original pair. Maybe it was just their boxiness, but the twins, combined with their gross size, didn't dominate the existing skyline so much as they did squash it into irrelevance. It makes me wonder if twins aren't meant to be the main attraction, or if the new WTC1 is simply that much better of a design...I'm thinking it's the former.

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    ^That could be subjective. The twins, because of their size & girth, & also that there were two of them, did dominate. But it depended on who you asked in the world. For some people it was always the ESB, others the WTC, & still others (mostly older folks) it was a combination of the ESB & the Chrysler. For me it was the original WTC and the ESB. As far as having one skyline topper you're right. Having two of these with this design just wouldn't work. This building, as boring as it is to some people, is too unique to have a twin.

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    Sorry, I could've been a bit more specific; I was talking solely about the downtown skyline--they dominated/squashed the downtown skyline.

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    CBS New York
    November 16, 2011

    Port Authority Shows Off Glass For One World Trade Center


    Sample of One World Trade Center Glass (credit: Port Authority)


    One World Trade Center glass sample (credit: Port Authority)


    Rendering of One World Trade Center base at night (credit: Port Authority)


    Rendering of One World Trade Center base during the day (credit: Port Authority)


    One World Trade Center night lighting sample (credit: Port Authority)

    The public was given a sneak peek Tuesday of what the base of the new One World Trade Center will look like once it’s completed in 2013.

    The new design for the exterior cladding on One World Trade Center features horizontal stainless steel panels behind vertical glass fins going up the 20 stories of the fortress-like base.

    “They will reflect light during the day and the night and give the building’s base a distinctive look,” said Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye on Tuesday. “In the evening, the combination of the water and the lights on the memorial pools we think, frankly, will be picked up by the glass on the podium at One World Trade Center and it’s consistent with the overall aesthetic of the site.”

    Foye calls the concept superior aesthetically and cost-effective.

    “It is going to save the Port Authority about $8-to-$12 million and the product will be manufactured by an Italian company located in Greenwich and Windsor, Connecticut,” he said on Tuesday.

    ©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.

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