After considerable delays, the "Freedom Tower" at One World Trade Center is now growing by about one story a week and has become the tallest building in lower Manhattan.
The building already is 80 stories tall and is expected to be completed in late 2013. According to The Telegraph, it will stand at 1776 feet, the number symbolizing the year the United States declared its independence.
Lower Manhattan reports that as of September 1, the facade installation is above floor 56, the tower steel is above floor 81, concrete is being poured above floor 72, and the south and north cores are being erected as the tower rises.
The early years of rebuilding the World Trade Towers seemed like nothing but unnecessary problems. The New York Times reported the original developer, Larry A. Silverstein, brought in his own architect to subvert the original designer’s plan. Less than a year later, Silverstein’s design was canceled due to Police Department questions about its security.The name “Freedom Tower," was given to the project by Gov. George E. Pataki in 2003. In April 2006, Silverstein gave control of the construction to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Nearly five years after the attacks the 1 World Trade Center was finally going to rise again.
Head engineer of the project, Lynda Tollner, the head of the World Trade Center Construction Department, told ABC2 News that the 2.6-million-square-foot building will include offices, an observation deck, restaurants, and broadcast offices.