13 years passed since the 9/11 terrorist attack against USA and the rebuilt World Trade Center is opening for business, marking a milestone for the nation and people living in New York. Conde Nast will be among the first that will move into One World Trade Center on Monday, a building with 104 stories, valued at $3.9 billion.
One World Trade Center will be the main building of the new 16 acre complex. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director, Patrick Foye, declared:
“The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan.” The new building “sets new standards of design, construction, prestige and sustainability’ the opening of this iconic building is a major milestone in the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a thriving 24/7 neighborhood.”
Office equipment is already in place and the construction fences disappeared. Chuck Townsend, Conde Nast CEO, said that the building is “the most secure office building in America.” It is expected that 170 employees will move into the building, covering 5 floors.
One World Trade Center is leased in a proportion of 60 percent, with 3,400 employees prepared to move in. Besides the building, 80,000 extra square feet will be covered by Kids Creative, Legends Hospitality, Servcorp and BMB Group.
The General Services Administration leased 275,000 square feet and China Center also leased 191,000 square feet.
The building is now also useful as a beacon for the planes that fly over New York. During the night, the steel and glass structure can easily be seen by vessels approaching Manhattan. Observation decks will be open for the public.
The new World Trade Center complex took 8 years to build. The result is a 1,776 feet high skyscraper and a complex that marks US values, with 4 World Trade Center also completed and with 3 World Trade Center tower slowly rising.
Memories of the 9/11 terrorist attack still linger but the entire area prospered, more than people imagined. There are 60,000 US citizens that live in the area, with restaurants, shops and streets being alive.