Construction workers applauded Thursday as a crane raised the flag-draped spire of the One World Trade Center to the top of the skyscraper.
When they raise the spire at a later date, it will cap the structure at a symbolic 1,776 feet. The Port Authority says that the spire, which acts as a fixture for various antennae, will bump the 104-story building to the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, reports New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger.
However, as the newspaper reports:
” … if the tip of the spire is not counted … as the tower’s architectural top, it will be the hemisphere’s third tallest building … behind Willis Tower [formerly the Sears Tower] and the 1,389-foot Trump Tower, [both] in Chicago.”
The Willis and Trump towers are ranked ninth and 12th tallest buildings in the world, respectively, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
The new tower, meant as a replacement for the World Trade Center destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, sits at the northwest corner of the site, where the 72-story Four World Trade Center and other buildings are also under construction, The Associated Press says.
Construction on the new WTC skyscraper began on August 30, 2006.
The topping of One World Trade Center had been scheduled to occur on Monday, but was delayed due to poor weather.