3. It will be green.
Since it was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merill, we’re not surprised to see that 1 World Trade Center will be green in several ways. The tower will have a fuel cell that will generate 4.8 million watts (MW) to power its various systems and will also use waste steam for electricity. It will also have a rainwater collection system and recycling scheme for its cooling systems. The heat that keeps the occupants of the tower warm in the winter will come primarily from steam, although there will be some oil and natural gas systems on site. The construction process itself is also earth-friendly and uses recycled content building materials including sustainably-harvested wood. The construction debris from the site will also be recycled. When complete, the tower is expected to receive a Gold Certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
4. It will be safe.
For obvious reasons, the engineers who designed One World Trade Center focused heavily on structural integrity and ease of evacuation. One World Trade Center has a reinforced, window-less base, that will be able to withstand a truck bomb. The walls will be 3 feet thick reinforced concrete walls for all stairwells, elevator shafts, risers, and sprinkler systems and emergency staircases were made to be “extremely wide” so that as many people as possible could exit the building as safely as possible. There will be a dedicated set of stairwells exclusively for firefighters and the ventilation system will be equipped with biological and chemical filters.
To reduce accessibility from West Street, the new building was placed 65 feet (at its closest point) away – forty more feet than the Twin Towers. Also, the windows that face West Street will be made of specially tempered blast-resistant plastic. Additional security will also be employed and of course, the NYPD will be on constant patrol. All vehicles entering the site will be screened thoroughly for radioactive and suspicious substances. And if you do visit the tower whether for business or pleasure, you’ll pass through a metal detector and inspected just like you might at JFK. There will also be a computer system which captures live video footage and analyzes it for potential threats such as suspicious parcels.