Edit: As of mid-morning, 1 WTC’s plan to become the tallest building in the western hemisphere today was scrapped due to high winds but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the completing pieces of the structure will be lifted at a later date.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/29/one-world-trade-center-to-have-final-pieces-spire-installed/#ixzz2Rs5muF00
We’ll be seeing history in the making today as One World Trade Center is topped off with its final sections, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. In just a few hours, construction crews will complete the 408-foot spire that will bring the structure to its final height of 1,776 feet. The last pieces of the much-anticipated tower will then be fitted together to create a stainless steel beacon weighing almost six tons.
According to CNN, Port Authority Assistant Director of Media Anthony Hayes said the original design included a radome (short for radar dome) but was rejected because of anticipated servicing and maintenance difficulties. The radome would have added a unique design element but would have been an impractical undertaking for the project.
The new spire will serve a television broadcast facility housed in One World Trade Center as a world-class broadcast antenna. According to USA Today, the spire will provide public transmission services for television and radio broadcast channels that were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, along with the trade center towers.
As it stands now, One World Trade Center, which boasts 104 floors, is the tallest building in New York City as recognized on April 30th of last year. The observation deck, which will overlook the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, will be open to visitors in 2014.