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"The tower is an open, welcoming building that both radiates light and is filled with light. Our design team has achieved our goal of creating a great urban place -- a building that serves the people who work in it, welcomes those who visit it, and plays an integral and vibrant role in the city that surrounds it."
- David Childs, Freedom Tower Architect

One World Trade Center

Soaring above the city at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is America's tallest building - and an indelible New York landmark. Designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 3-million-square-foot building includes office space, an observation deck and world-class restaurants.

The building was initially developed by Silverstein Properties and taken over by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in April 2006. It is expected to be open in 2014. 

The 104-story building will feature a grand lobby and observation deck with unparalleled views. Currently, the building is 55% leased to tenants Conde Nast, Vantone China Center, and the U.S. General Services.

Sustainable design is central to One WTC's development, integrating renewable energy, interior daylighting, reuse of rainwater, and recycled construction debris and materials. The below-grade concourses will include approximately 55,000 square feet of retail space and connect to an extensive transportation network. 

One WTC incorporates advanced life-safety systems that exceed New York City building code requirements. From structural redundancy to dense fireproofing to biochemical filters, it creates a new standard for high-rise buildings. Extra-wide pressurized stairs, multiple backups on emergency lighting, and concrete protection for all sprinklers ensure optimal firefighter access. Exits are designed to ensure easy evacuation, and all safety systems are encased in the core wall, with the enhanced elevators. 

Safe, sustainable, artistically dynamic - One WTC stands as a shining beacon for New York's Downtown.