After years of anticipation and various types of delays, One World Trade Center is finally poised to open in 2014. Developers have announced that the tower is almost complete, and will soon welcome tenants in the new year. A concrete opening date still has yet to be set.

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Earlier this year, One World Trade Center officially became the tallest building in the United States when it reached 1,776 feet after its spire was added, beating out Chicago’s Willis Tower at 1,450 feet. The spire, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was finally voted as part of the 1,776 feet – making it the Western Hemisphere’s tallest. The spire also holds the “Beacon of Light”, which shoots a powerful beam visible for miles around into the sky.

Construction of One World Trade Center has been delayed many times, making the project stretch out over almost ten years, and increasing the costs to a whopping $3.9 billion. The LEED Gold complex is New York’s biggest green project, aiming to set an example of sustainability for future architectural endeavors. Its neighbor, Four World Trade, opened its doors this November on the 16 acre WTC site. Once open, 1 WYC will be home to tenants like Conde Nast, Vantone China Center and federal government offices.

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Via AM New York