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    ^^Security checkpoints on the side of the tower?

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    An architect interviewed on the news theorized that in this particular case, the warm air coming out of the building turns to ice on the first cold surface it hits.

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    New York Daily News
    February 12, 2014

    Ice falling off 1 World Trade Center prompts action to build protection for pedestrians

    A covered entrance is being built outside the World Trade Center PATH station to protect commuters from the massive shards of ice falling from the 1,776-foot tower.

    BY KERRY BURKE AND MARK MORALES


    Workers began building Tuesday night protection for commuters that use the World Trade Center PATH station.

    Pedestrians now have some protection from the terrifying chunks of ice that have cascaded down from 1 World Trade Center.

    Construction has started on a covered entrance outside the World Trade Center PATH station that will protect commuters from the frozen blocks that started to slip off the sides of the towering building last Friday.

    The project comes as the city braces for the latest blast of winter that is expected to leave 6 inches of snow starting Wednesday night.

    “It’s temporary for the winter,” said a construction worker who was erecting the new structure Tuesday night at West Broadway and Greenwich St. in Lower Manhattan.

    “Falling ice is a real problem,” said the worker, who would not give his name.

    Witnesses reported seeing blocks of ice falling more than 1,000 feet from the 1,776-feet-tall building down to the busy pavement, threatening to seriously injure passers-by.

    The high-rise danger sparked rush-hour panic with pedestrians running for cover last Friday morning. Emergency workers blocked off nearby streets, the World Trade Center PATH station was closed and a 9/11 memorial pool was temporarily shut.

    Confused commuters were diverted down a long underground hallway to the World Financial Center, now known as Brookfield Place. They were met there by a maze of plywood because the ground floors of the four-building development are under renovation for new stores and lobbies.

    The globs of ice continued to crash to the street for the next four days, prompting street closures and detours for irritated rush hour commuters.

    Pedestrians have successfully dodged the icy chunks and so far, no one has been hurt.

    Port Authority officials initially downplayed the danger, claiming that all safety measures were taken to protect the public.

    Officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new overhead structure.

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    I don't know what they can build that can possibly stop blocks of falling ice from 1000 ft up, but good luck.

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    This morning the tower is lost in the clouds and swirling snow.

    Night before last the spire was lit bright blue, the swirling beacon shooting across the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    This morning the tower is lost in the clouds and swirling snow.

    Night before last the spire was lit bright blue, the swirling beacon shooting across the sky.
    It looked great last night; its nice to the WTC again from bedroom window. The beacon is my favorite aspect.

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    My latest video from today:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PIycMfIrRQ

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    I forgot to post a reply to that perplexing Opinion from the Daily News (post 13997).

    Quote Originally Posted by arcman210 View Post
    This happened at One57 last week too. Have to wonder if these buildings not being heated yet has anything to do with ice forming on them in the first place?
    I guess somewhat true, but the problem doesn't necessarily go away when the building is heated.

    In 2012, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat published a report: Increasing Problems of Falling Ice and Snow on Modern Tall Buildings.

    A complex issue, but one overriding factor is outside skin temperature.
    High performance facades have improved internal thermal performance, but increased the conditions for forming ice on metal and glass skins.
    Less heat escapes to the outside layer, so its temperature is lower.

    http://www.ctbuh.org/LinkClick.aspx?...language=en-US

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    I've noticed they've been lighting the spire for a few nights now. It looks really nice from a distance.

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    Capital New York
    February 18, 2014

    Condé Nast W.T.C. digs ‘well underway,’ move begins November

    By Joe Pompeo



    Condé Nast is beginning the rollout of its upcoming move to 1 World Trade Center, the soaring skyscraper where it has agreed to live for at least the next 25 years.

    In one of the first significant internal communications about the move since Condé Nast signed a lease in May 2011, employees of the magazine publisher were informed today that the relocation from their long-time offices at 4 Times Square will begin in November, Capital has learned.

    "I am pleased to share that the interior construction of our new space at 1WTC is well underway," chief executive Chuck Townsend wrote in a memo obtained by Capital. "This relocation represents a historic moment for our company and symbolizes the enormous transformation we have undergone in the past few years. ... As the anchor tenant in one of the world’s most anticipated architectural sites, we have an unprecedented opportunity to take part in shaping the future of New York City."

    Condé Nast's move to 1 World Trade Center, a joint development between the Port Authority and The Durst Organization, has a transformative potential for Lower Manhattan, which has slowly but steadily been rebuilding its economy since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Condé Nast's glamorous employees are expected to bring a new cachet to the area around the new World Trade Center, raising the bar for local food, retail and hospitality businesses.

    The company, publisher of such venerable titles as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, is also seen as the centerpiece of what appears to be a burgeoning media boom in Lower Manhattan.

    As Capital reported last week, 15 media companies committed to relocating to the area from 2011 through the first six months of last year, bringing the total number of media tenants to around 80, according to the Alliance for Downtown New York. News and publishing outlets in the vicinity include American Media Inc., the Daily News, Newsweek, The Village Voice and Fast Company. Time Inc. is said to be weighing a move to Lower Manhattan as well.

    Condé Nast will be the first major corporate tenant to set up shop inside 1 World Trade Center, a protracted construction project the represents the rebirth of Lower Manhattan and the resilience of a post-9/11 New York.

    At 1,776 feet and 104 floors—24 of which will be occupied by Condé Nast—the building is America's tallest, though roughly 1.4 million square feet remains unleased. Condé Nast's 25-year deal was packed with tax incentives and worth a reported $2 billion.

    Townsend's memo touted "the most innovative elements of energy and environmental design" as well as "advanced office technology." He added that "many of our technology and production colleagues," including employees of Condé Nast Entertainment, will move from 1166 Avenue of the Americas to three redesigned floors at 222 Broadway, adjacent to 1 World Trade Center.

    The company's 1.2 million square feet of office space on floors 20 through 44 of 1 World Trade include "amenity floors" on 34 and 35 "connected by an extraordinary, interior spiral staircase," according to Townsend's memo. "These floors will house our visitors reception, conference center, library, auditorium, art gallery, private dining, cafeteria and after-hours café.."

    Townsend said employees will continue to receive updates over the coming months.

    We'll have more about Conde's move in an upcoming feature from the next issue of Capital's monthly print magazine, which comes out Feb. 24.

    You can read Townsend's full memo below:

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am pleased to share that the interior construction of our new space at 1WTC is well underway. We prepare to move downtown as a new Condé Nast well positioned for the next century of creating the world’s greatest content for the world’s most influential audiences. This relocation represents a historic moment for our company and symbolizes the enormous transformation we have undergone in the past few years.

    Starting this November, we will begin the first phase of our move to our new headquarters. In addition to being a LEED Gold-certified building incorporating the most innovative elements of energy and environmental design, 1WTC will also integrate advanced office technology. In order to ensure that our relocation and operations transition seamlessly, this June, many of our technology and production colleagues in IS&T and Condé Nast Entertainment will move from 1166 Avenue of the Americas to three redesigned floors at 222 Broadway. This new tech campus, adjacent to 1WTC, will provide a superior setting for creativity, collaboration and innovation.

    At 1WTC, we will occupy 1.2 million square feet on floors 20 through 44. Our corporate departments will largely occupy the first five floors as well as the top three floors, and our brands will predominantly be on floors 25 through 33 and 36 through 41. We have two remarkable amenity floors on 34 and 35 connected by an extraordinary interior spiral staircase. These floors will house our visitors reception, conference center, library, auditorium, art gallery, private dining, cafeteria and after-hours café.

    In the coming months, you will begin to receive more detailed information about the move and our new neighborhood. This will include important facts regarding transportation, dining, retail and surrounding points of interest such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

    As the build-out of the floors progresses, photos and updates will be posted on Connect so all employees can stay current on this exciting journey.

    1WTC is an inspired setting and an ideal home for Condé Nast. As the anchor tenant in one of the world’s most anticipated architectural sites, we have an unprecedented opportunity to take part in shaping the future of New York City—and perhaps most importantly—in creating a world-class environment that could be conceived “Only At Condé Nast.”

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    MY WTC pictures from the other day...



    045 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr



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    051 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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    Any particular reason why the spire is lit up like a Christmas tree?

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