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One World Trade Center opens 13 years after 9/11

Photo by Taylor Zirkle
Photo by Taylor Zirkle

The completed centerpiece of the 16-acre World Trade Center in New York City will open for business this week. Condé Nast, a magazine
publishing company, assumed offices in the $3.9 billion skyscraper Monday.

More than 13 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the opening of the tallest building in the United
States, which stands at a monstrous 104-stories tall and took eight years to construct, represents healing for many New Yorkers.

The One World Trade Center, colloquially referred to as the Freedom Tower, is “the most secure office building in America.” TJ Gottesdiener worked with the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill firm that produced the final design of the skyscraper. He said that it rose above building code, demanding that it be built with steel-enforced concrete in order to deter terrorist attacks.

The height of the 1,776-foot tall building pays homage to the year in which the American colonists declared independence from the British. The building is set in memory of those who died as the result of the terrorist attacks that destroyed its predecessors, as it sits only a few feet from a
memorial, a museum showcasing a large image of the twin towers and the north pool, ringed with the name of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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