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Tishman Celebrates Historic Hoisting of One World Trade Center Spire

One spire later and the WTC is now exactly 1,776 ft.

Tue May 21, 2013 - National Edition
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Tishman Construction project team members standing in front of One World Trade Center’s spire to celebrate its installation.
Tishman Construction project team members standing in front of One World Trade Center’s spire to celebrate its installation.

On May 10, Tishman Construction, an AECOM company, worked with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to install the final two sections of One World Trade Center’s 408-ft. (124 m) spire. Now bolted in place, the spire brings One World Trade Center’s height to a symbolic 1,776 ft. (541 m), making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to being an architectural feature, the 758-ton (687 t) spire also is functional — serving as a beacon for Lower Manhattan and a broadcast facility that will provide transmission services for the region’s broadcasters.

“Having built the World Trade Center’s original Twin Towers, our company has a strong connection to this site,” said Dan Tishman, chairman of Tishman Construction and vice chairman of AECOM. “All of us at Tishman are incredibly proud of this historic achievement.”

Jay Badame, Tishman’s president and chief operating officer of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, added, “The installation of One World Trade Center’s final section of spire steel is a crowning triumph for everyone involved in the site’s rebuilding.”

“Friday’s extraordinary milestone of One World Trade Center reaching 1,776 feet would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the workers from Tishman Construction,’’ said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “For years, these fearless workers have toiled day after day, often during inclement weather and at great heights. We applaud their dedication in helping us reclaim New York City’s skyline.”

“I am honored that our team was able to oversee this successful moment, and I thank all of the trade workers for their inspiring commitment,” said Tishman’s Mike Mennella, executive vice president of World Trade Center projects. “Without them, this building could not have risen to its impressive and magnificent height.”

Tishman and AECOM are currently contracted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Silverstein Properties to work on a number of projects at the Port Authority’s 16-acre site, including One World Trade Center, 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, 7 World Trade Center, the Transportation Hub, Vehicle Security Center, retail component, as well as the comprehensive site and streetscape design.

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