The silver spire on the top of One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building’s roof, bringing the tower to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet and making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
This historic installation was completed Friday, May 10, following the transportation of final pieces to the roof last week.
Construction workers and residents applauded and cheered as the building received its crown.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” said Juan Estevez, a construction project manager who helped place the spire on the roof. “It’s a culmination of a tremendous amount of team work … rebuilding the New York City skyline once again.”
The building is located at the northwest corner of the site of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The 408-foot spire weighs 758 tons and will serve as a broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light will emanate from the top to be seen by incoming aircraft from miles away.
At 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the U.S. and the third tallest in the world. But, many building experts dispute whether the spire classifies solely as an antenna, which would be omitted when measuring a building’s actual height.
Without the spire, One World Trade center would be shorter than the 1,451-foot Willis Tower in Chicago (not including its antennas).
The tower will be opened for business sometime next year. Tenants will include magazine publisher Conde Nast and the U.S. government’s General Services Administration.