Just over 13 years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York, the newly reconstructed World Trade Center is open for business. In place of the two original towers stands a 104-story skyscraper that cost $4.2 billion and took eight years to build.
While some people remained skeptical about leasing space, others embraced the opportunity to include Conde Nast, a publishing giant. The new World Trade Center sits at ground zero, the very space of land where the two twin towers crumbled after being hit by commercial airplanes taken over by terrorists.
Prior to moving into the new Conde Nast space, a discussion took place with company employees to address any concerns. According to TJ Gottesdiener of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, extra measures were taken to build the new World Trade Center and as part of the plan, steel and concrete were used. The architectural firm said the tower is much stronger than the original towers.
Yesterday, over 170 employees of Conde Nast moved into their new space on the 25th floor and by 2015, an additional 3,000 employees will be added.
As stated by Patrick Foye, executive director of New York and New Jersey’s Port Authority, the New York skyline is once again whole as the first new World Trade Center proudly stands in lower Manhattan. Construction on the second tower began last week.
Foye added that the newly constructed World Trade Center sets new standards for design, construction, sustainability, and prestige. Opening the tower is a major milestone for people who live and work in New York.
In spite of the past tragedy and now with all the protective construction barriers gone, this is without doubt the safest building in the United States.
Although this is a huge step forward in healing, some people are still nervous about the tower. One woman admitted to feeling uncomfortable watching the stream of Conde Nast employees entering the building for the first time. Even one employee said he wondered why he was there but after seeing so much security, he felt safe.