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    The Telegraph
    May 23, 2015

    One World Trade Center has lifts that are as fast as Usain Bolt

    ThyssenKrupp has designed, built and installed all 71 buttonless lifts in One World Trade Center, and they're not only fast but very green, too

    By Andrew Trotman

    Video: One World Trade Center - First Views from the Observation Deck


    One World Trade Centre, left, and the view from the top, right

    When the observation deck at the top of One World Trade Centre opens to the public next week, it will cap a remarkable and emotional journey for New York that has taken 14 years.

    With the rest of the 1,776-foot office building - America's tallest - having opened in November, the observation deck, offering wraparound views of Manhattan and beyond, is the final part to be unveiled.

    The tower is the centerpiece of the 16-acre site where the twin towers stood before terrorists killed more than 2,700 people on September 11, 2001.

    "The New York City skyline is whole again," said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns both the building and the World Trade Center site.

    Getting to this point has been no mean feat. Around 26,000 people have been involved in constructing the 104-storey building. The whole project was originally expected to cost around $3bn, but that has ballooned to $4bn.

    What they have ended up with is a building that screams defiance and strength. It is 400 feet higher than the original Twin Towers; the walls and floors contain 14,000lbs of concrete per square inch, compared with 900lbs that is standard for skyscrapers; there is a waterproof fire lift, and the elevators and stairways are housed in a reinforced column "like a bunker".


    The view from the Observation Deck at the top of One World Trade Center

    The job of figuring out how to move people around the massive structure fell to ThyssenKrupp, a German multi-national conglomerate which has worked on the project for five years.

    The company, which expects to make €1.7bn profits in the year to September 2015, designed, built and installed the 12 escalators and 71 lifts at One World Trade Center.

    The 3.5m visitors a year wanting to travel to the Observation Deck after it opens on May 29 will take one of five elevators that are believed to be the fastest in North America. Each cab travels at 23mph, and will move from the ground to the 102nd floor in just 60 seconds.

    The speeds are comparable to Usain Bolt's world-record 100 metre sprint. Achieving this has led ThyssenKrupp to push the limits of design.

    "Our high-speed elevators are equipped with several special technologies to move them at record speeds," said Andreas Schierenbeck, chairman of ThyssenKrupp Elevators.

    "An aerodynamic aluminium shroud, similar to a spoiler on a car, will deflect air in front of the lift and allow the cab to maintain its speed. Meanwhile, a special guiding system minimises vibrations, ensuring a smoother ride for passengers; while sound-suppressing materials have been used throughout the cabs to limit noise."


    One World Trade Center

    In building the state-of-the-art lifts, the group has utilised workers from across the globe - from the US, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Switzerland.

    Also one of the world's largest steel producers, ThyssenKrupp has put this experience to good use.

    "If you go very fast in a lift, you can have problems with air pressure, so you have to move the air away. But it's also silent. Passengers won't feel the speed, velocity or vibration," Mr Schierenbeck added.

    The lifts are powered by counterweights weighing 1m lbs, more than twice the weight of the Statue of Liberty.

    A crane will be used to install the eight SF-1000 motors, each weighing around 2.3 tonnes, for the high-speed elevators.

    But look past all the impressive numbers, and you will find an even more amazing fact. ThyssenKrupp's system will capture the energy used when the lifts are slowed down and use it to power One World Trade Center.


    ThyssenKrupp lifts one of its escalators to the top of One World Trade Center

    The lifts are not only fast, quiet and comfortable, they are green, too.

    "Normally, the energy created when lifts are braking is converted to heat and lost," said Mr Schierenbeck. "In our lifts, the engines will be switched to 'generator mode' and the 300kw created will be used to power all the lights in the tower."

    Meanwhile, LED lights in the cabs' ceilings will save more than 78,000kWh every year, compared with halogen bulbs.

    "It is one of the most efficient projects we have done," Mr Schierebeck admitted.

    Building on this theme of efficiency, none of the lifts has buttons in the cabs. Instead, visitors will be directed to specific lifts depending on which floor they want to go to. This way, people heading to the same floor can be grouped together in the same lift, so cabs aren't wasting time stopping at every floor.

    It's arguably ThyssenKrupp's most prestigious contract since it was created in 1999 via the merger of steel producer Thyssen and weapons manufacturer Krupp. It now boasts 5,500 employees, and earlier this month reported quarterly profits of €405m, up 32pc on the same period last year.

    But Mr Schierenbeck said the future looks bright, as the lack of space in modern cities mean developers are building up rather than out, especially in emerging markets.

    "China is putting in as many lifts a year as the entire German market - around 700,000.

    "Meanwhile, the property market is hot in London right now. There are lots of high-rise buildings. It's like Manhattan, London is building upwards and that will only continue.

    "By 2030 60pc to 70pc of the world's population will be living in cities, and there won't be enough space, even in the outskirts. So we have seen more very tall buildings. 20 buildings with a height of more than 1,000 metres are going to be built within five years. That's not going to stop."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    I was there yesterday at noon. It was very nicely done, but as expected going in I was somewhat underwhelmed. It's not the same without the outdoor access, and you start on the 102th floor but that's just a small landing spot on your way to the escalator down and the main level is actually floor 100. It's run by the Yankees so there's a lot of similar design as the Legends club at Yankee Stadium but no Yankees branding whatsoever. There is a cafe, bar and restaurant, if you like $5 muffins and $15 cocktails of course

    You can enter through West Street at street level or through the PATH tunnel to World Financial underground

    If anyone wants to go today or tomorrow, here is a special invitation link for $18 tickets:
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    Thanks for sharing - I plan on trying to go next week, or if is cloudy/hazy, end of the month. I'll post any pictures here

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    ^Please do. I probably won't be in for a while, so whoever goes please take as many pics as you can. This weather is just blegh, but considering where we were about two and a half months ago, I'll take it.

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    So I had the liberty today to go "See Forever" at the WTC. Gotta say, it was amazing to finally be on top after seeing this building being constructed these last few years. I'd share more photos I took but the wifi is really bad. Here's a handful of pics for now

    (Only complaint I had was how it was organized. Given it was the 2nd day it was open, the line to leave wrapped around the observatory... twice. No real way of knowing where it started or began, but it took a good 30-40 minutes just to leave. I hope there's never an emergency to warrant thousands of people leaving the area at a time)










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    Commercial Observer
    June 3, 2015

    The Plan: High 5 Games at 1 World Trade Center

    BY DANIELLE SCHLANGER


    The view from High 5 Games’ office at 1 World Trade Center.

    It definitely got the “high” part down when this company signed a lease on an upper floor at the World Trade Center.

    High 5 Games, the New York-based casino gaming company, opened its new headquarters on the 58th and 59th floors of 1 World Trade Center on April 27, and the company wanted the inside of its new office to reflect its business. It is simultaneously a serious, corporate environment in a maximum-security building and a creative space rooted in recreation. The firm, which has created more than 300 games that are played on six continents, previously occupied a 58,000-square-foot space at 770 Broadway, but wanted a location with more cachet for its 250 employees working out of New York (the company also has offices in Mahwah, N.J. where it was started and Kansas City, Kan.).

    “We wanted to be able to have access to the best talent,” said Thom Ang, vice president of creative at High 5 Games. “We felt that this location is a great place to get that type of talent.”


    One of High 5 Games’ conference rooms.

    Today, the company has roughly 88,000 square feet at the iconic skyscraper. The 58th floor is home to the official reception area and has desks for many of the company’s executives and administrative personnel. The 59th floor is devoted to production of the casino games.

    Unlike at its old space, which was a traditional office with a floor plan segmented into different quadrants, Michael Ahn, the director of High 5, was looking for more collaboration between teams. Brian Berry, a principal at Gensler in charge of configuring the office, was tasked with High 5’s need for an open, collaborative space. No one has an office.

    “We wanted cross-pollination,” Mr. Ang said. “We wanted engineers to be talking to artists to be talking to marketing.”

    The new space allows for more fluid interactions between these different groups.

    However, Mr. Ang did stress that the ability to control the amount of light entering the office was important.

    “I didn’t want to create a space where everyone was pulling the blinds down,” he said. The inner walls of the space were painted a dark matte gray designed to cut down on light glare.


    Another of High 5 Games’ conference rooms.

    Mr. Berry explained, “When you’re in the core of the space, [it] can be very dark and enclosing,” while moving outward toward the perimeter, light enters the office.

    “This allowed us to go from one extreme to another,” said Mr. Berry.

    The office space features a film studio that allows High 5 Games to create its own filming and production, as well as a sound and editing suite. There is a large, open pantry that supplies provisions to hungry content creators. (It turns out creators aren’t so different from the end-users.) There is also a “casino room,” which includes cabinet after cabinet of the games the company has completed, allowing them to be tested before they hit the market.

    “What we had as a finished product was something that was very intentional,” said Mr. Ang. “Everything that we designed was for a functional use.”

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    New York Post
    June 4, 2015

    How One World Trade slaps Ground Zero neighbors in the face

    By Jess Coleman


    Officials from the Durst Organization give a preview of the 1 World Observatory site on April 12, 2013.

    I cannot think of a better way for my family — which was displaced for a year following the 9/11 attacks — to overcome that harrowing day 14 years ago than to raise a glass 1,250 feet above our revived community and say “cheers.”

    But forget it: As the One World Trade Center Observatory opened over the weekend, we were notified it would cost our family of four $128 just to take the elevator.

    The $32-per-head charge to reach the top of the tower includes nothing — not a drink or an appetizer — besides a chance to sit down at the café or restaurant and look out a window.

    As unfortunate as that is for typical visitors, because free admission is limited only to family members of those who died on 9/11, as well as those who worked in the rescue and recovery, my family will be stuck paying the charge just like everyone else.

    But just because we’re alive doesn’t mean we weren’t victims.

    I don’t mean to sound cheap or draw an opportunistic equivalence between the lucky families like mine and those torn apart by loss. Of course, no one recognizes more than my family how lucky we were on 9/11.

    Our apartment, just across West Street from Ground Zero, was inundated with dust. We had to get rid of everything we owned, and our neighborhood became a ghost town.

    We were refugees, forced to live in a friend’s house and follow our twice-relocated school until moving upstate for the remainder of the school year. Most people from our community left for good, but we returned, stained and battered — yet grateful to be alive and to have each other.

    Since then, we’ve felt so lucky that we’ve looked the other way as we’ve been consistently forgotten and excluded. Every year, the ceremony at Ground Zero for the fallen victims has ignored us.

    When the memorial and museum opened, victims’ families were rightfully given a first-hand look, but we were forced to pay the fee and wait in a line of thousands of tourists. And now, in order to finally triumph with a trip to the top of the new tower, we will need to dig deep into our pockets.

    To be clear: What I went through was not even a fraction of the suffering by those who lost members of their family on that sunny September morning. This is a point so obvious it shouldn’t need to be said.

    But I also can’t fathom how someone like me isn’t deemed a “victim.” I was 7 years old when I watched a fiery north tower descend toward the sidewalks I walked every day.

    For years, I was plagued by nightmares and sleeplessness, and the trauma of that day has never fully disappeared.

    In addition, my family has had to endure the decade-long battle to even see the observatory come to fruition.

    Our community has been torn apart by years of bickering over plans, construction and media attention.

    To this day, I can’t leave my neighborhood without dodging construction and tourists, knowing that I can expect to encounter bomb-sniffing dogs and machine guns on my way to the subway.

    My mom, dad, brother and I deserve to take a trip to the top of the tower we watched grow day-in and day-out for 10 years without feeling like tourists.

    We deserve a chance to look down and see our rebuilt community in one frame. We deserve a chance to climb back to the top of a tower we watched rise over our home.

    It’s bad enough that many of the current residents of Battery Park City — who gained nothing from the construction of a tower and tremendous memorial that failed miserably to take into account the needs of the community — will be priced out of the observatory.

    It’s even worse that the same will occur for people who resided in the community when the attacks actually occurred.

    I call on Legends, the operator of the observatory, to issue a free pass to anyone who can prove — through a lease, electric bill, etc. — that he or she was a resident of Battery Park City, Tribeca or the Financial District at the time of the attacks.

    The attacks hit these people very close to home, quite literally — and yes, they, too, were victims.

    For years, my frustration has been tempered by the fact that I’m able to tell the story of this horrific attack from the perspective of a survivor. But the observatory shouldn’t treat me like a spectator to my own story.

    Jess Coleman is the Cornell campus editor-at-large for The Huffington Post and the author of “Lighten Up: An Honest Case for a Stronger America.”

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    Associated Press
    June 10, 2015

    Over 100,000 Visitors at One World Observatory Since May 29

    Well over 100,000 people have visited the observatory at One World Trade Center in less than two weeks.

    The attraction opened to the public May 29. Thirteen days later, on Wednesday morning, a digital display in the building lobby that counts scanned tickets as visitors enter showed more than 106,000 people had come through.

    The observatory on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of the building provides panoramic views of New York City and the surrounding area.
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    so that's more than $1.6 million in receipts per week.........

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    New York Daily News
    June 13, 2015

    Former tenant of World Trade Center makes triumphant return to site 14 years after 9/11 left business in ruins

    BY KATHERINE CLARKE


    Greg Carafello ran a small color printing business out of the south tower at the time of the attacks He has inked a deal for a new office at 1 World Trade Center.

    He's been to hell — and now he’s back.

    A former World Trade Center tenant whose life and business was left in ruins after 9/11 is returning to the site, 14 years after fleeing for his life.

    Greg Carafello, who ran a small color printing business out of the south tower at the time of the attacks, has inked a deal for a new office at 1 World Trade Center, he told the Daily News.

    He plans to run his new venture, as a top franchisee for printing giant Cartridge World, out of the brand new tower.

    “I’m attached to the building and I’m very proud to be doing this,” he said. “It’s one of the greatest places in the world to do business.”

    “It’s the American way. You come back from it, you persevere,” he said.

    It’s the kind of attitude that’s brought Lower Manhattan back from the brink, said Andy Breslau, senior vice president for the Alliance for Downtown New York.


    “I’m attached to the building and I’m very proud to be doing this,” Carafello said.

    “Resiliency is the story of Lower Manhattan,” Breslau said. “Greg’s determination to return and put his roots down in the neighborhood is synonymous with the neighborhood that claims his loyalty. People have chosen not to be cowed by the events of 9/11.”

    Carafello, 55, is certainly resilient — but no one could blame him if he had decided to start over in another location.

    Other 9/11 survivors have remained so affected by the events of that day that they barely ever set foot in Lower Manhattan.

    A spokesperson for the Durst Organization, the building’s landlord, said none of the other original companies who leased space there have returned.

    Carafello and one of his employees were just gearing up for another day at work on the 18th floor when the first plane hit the north tower on that sunny September morning.

    “When the first plane hit, it was like a sonic boom,” he said. “The windows shook and we heard an explosion. There was a lot of stuff falling outside.”


    Carafello's new office will be on the 85th floor.

    He and his employee quickly vacated the building, down the stairwell, and were just a block away when the second plane hit their own office tower, destroying their business and leaving them feeling lucky to be alive.

    It’s an event that would haunt him for years.

    “As soon as we saw the second plane, we knew everything had changed,” Carafello said. “We just started running after that. We ran all the way to the Waldorf-Astoria.”

    Carafello, who relocated his offices to New Jersey after the attacks, said he’s satisfied that his new headquarters is the safest place in the world.

    After all, the new 1 World Trade Center boasts an ultra-strong reinforced concrete base and is designed to absorb and deflect the blast from even the largest vehicular bombs.

    He got his new office, on the 85th floor of the new tower, through Australian work space provider Servcorp, which rents out spaces to freelancers and others for as little as $750 a month.

    “It’s a premiere address for any company,” Carafello said.

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