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Redesign yields heavily protected New York City Freedom Tower
Albany Democrat-Herald ^ | 6/30/05

Posted on 07/08/2005 3:49:03 PM PDT by Libloather

Redesign yields heavily protected Freedom Tower
Last modified Thursday, June 30, 2005 12:27 PM PDT


This artist rendering shows a night view from Hudson River of the updated design for the 'Freedom Tower' for the World Trade Center Site in New York, unveiled on June 29, 2005. The centerpiece building was redesigned due to security concerns presented by the New York Police Department. (Reuters - Handout)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hurriedly redesigned to make it less vulnerable to a truck bomb, ground zero's Freedom Tower will lose its distinctive, twisting look but will be the safest skyscraper in the world, officials said Wednesday.

The redrawn tower will be slimmer, straighter and more conventional, it will be set farther back from the street, and it will be placed atop a mammoth, 200-foot concrete-and-metal pedestal designed to repel explosions.

Because of the changes, the 20-ton granite cornerstone that was laid with great fanfare by Gov. George Pataki last Fourth of July will have to be moved.

The original design for the tower that will rise on the site of the destroyed World Trade Center was sent back to the drawing board last month after the police department raised concerns that it would be too vulnerable to truck bombs.

The new design is intended to meet the security standards set for U.S. embassies, making it the world's safest high-rise building, said lead architect David Childs.

"This building is as robust and as strong as any I've ever been in,'' he said.

The original design had a twisting, asymmetrical shape that was meant to evoke the outstretched arm of the Statue of Liberty it will overlook. The new design will be a more rectangular shape with some of the square edges shaved off, resembling a faceted version of one of the twin towers.

Construction is expected to begin next year, with steel rising above ground level in 2007 and completion scheduled for 2010.

Like the World Trade Center, the tower will reach 1,362 feet into the sky. But an illuminated spire, meant to evoke the Statue of Liberty's torch, will stretch the building to the symbolic 1,776 feet envisioned in the original Freedom Tower design. The spire will change color and cast alternating beams of light to the sky and to the horizon.

The base will be constructed of 3-foot-thick concrete, clad in a shimmering metal curtain that will afford additional blast protection and also give the impression of movement and light. Above the 20-story concrete base, the building will be sheathed in plastic-laminated glass for increased resistance to explosions.

The building will be set back an average of 90 feet from West Street, the major thoroughfare along the Hudson River. The original design placed the building just 25 feet from the six-lane highway.

"The new Freedom Tower design incorporates standards the police department had sought to protect the building against bomb blasts, which our counterterrorism experts agree present one of the greatest threats to such iconic structures,'' Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.

The need to set the building farther back from the street forced the architect to reshape the base and abandon the asymmetrical design.

As in the original design, stairwells, elevators, communications systems and water mains will be protected in a 3-foot-thick concrete and steel core. It will have extra fireproofing, biological and chemical air filters, extra-wide emergency stairs, a dedicated staircase for firefighters and "areas of refuge'' on each floor.

The new design also retains plans for 2.6 million square feet of office space on 70 floors, a restaurant and observation decks.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: city; freedom; heavily; new; protected; redesign; tower; yields; york

In this computer generated rendering released by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Wednesday, June 29, 2005, the redesigned Freedom Tower by architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP rises above the lower Manhattan skyline, as seen from New York Harbor. Rendering created by dbox. (AP Photo/dbox)


This photo released by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in New York Wednesday, June 29, 2005, depicts a model of the redesigned Freedom Tower by architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, as seen from the southwest. (AP Photo/ESTO, Jock Pottle)


Architect David Childs speaks at the unveiling of the updated design for the 'Freedom Tower' for the World Trade Center Site in New York, June 29, 2005. The centerpiece building was redesigned due to security concerns presented by the New York police department. REUTERS/Chip East


A model is displayed at the unveiling of the updated design for the 'Freedom Tower' for the World Trade Center Site in New York, June 29, 2005. The centerpiece building was redesigned due to security concerns presented by the New York Police Department. Photo by Chip East/Reuters


This artist rendering shows an aerial view from East River of the updated design for the 'Freedom Tower' for the World Trade Center Site in New York which was unveiled on June 29, 2005. The centerpiece building was redesigned due to security concerns presented by the New York Police Department. (REUTERS/Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP)


A model showing the redesigned base is displayed at the unveiling of the updated design for the 'Freedom Tower' for the World Trade Center Site in New York, June 29, 2005. The centerpiece building was redesigned due to security concerns presented by the New York Police Department. (Chip East/Reuters)


Graphic shows Freedom tower redesign. (AP Graphic)

1 posted on 07/08/2005 3:49:04 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Sorry, I didn't even read the article....

I don't like it---I am one of the ones that thinks the Twin Towers need to be built back.


2 posted on 07/08/2005 3:53:02 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice)
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To: Libloather
. JUNK
3 posted on 07/08/2005 3:53:11 PM PDT by Roccus (The collective has started.)
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To: Libloather

A better idea; why don't we just spare the money and build a large 5 story municipal parking lot on the WTC site? I am sure that the Wall Street crowd would love it, the city would make money, and we wouldn't have to build this latest version of a POS.


4 posted on 07/08/2005 3:55:21 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Txsleuth

I'm with you. The towers should be rebuilt exactly as before except much stronger and a full story higher.


5 posted on 07/08/2005 3:57:37 PM PDT by silent_jonny (every time a justice retires an angel gets his wings)
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To: Libloather

Ugly, and out of place. If they're going to build it, they might as well change the name of the city to Houston.


6 posted on 07/08/2005 3:57:44 PM PDT by thoughtomator (For all you love to survive, Islam must be destroyed.)
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To: Libloather

They can build what they want, so long as it's funded by the private sector.


7 posted on 07/08/2005 4:01:16 PM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: Libloather


It Sucks !

I`m with the Donald, K.I.S.S.,

Keep It Simple Stupid and rebuild the originals,except stronger,add beams that would shear off and cut anything that slammed into it.Coat ALL the beams with asbestos,don`t stop at the 64th floor this time.


8 posted on 07/08/2005 4:05:37 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Libloather

I think we should build a large mosque on the site, to show the peaceful Muslims that if we offended them with our foreign policy, that we are very sorry, and please don't attack us again.


9 posted on 07/08/2005 4:10:45 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Libloather

Build two and I'd say not bad.


But the Trump plan is better.


10 posted on 07/08/2005 4:12:24 PM PDT by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain! ---- IAGO: You are--a senator.)
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To: Libloather

So...um...the bottom 20 stories won't have any windows?


11 posted on 07/08/2005 4:14:54 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Libloather

I like it. A vast improvement over the initial proposal. And no matter what was proposed, the same knee-jerk whiners would be moaning about it.


12 posted on 07/08/2005 4:19:36 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Txsleuth

Built back, but bigger. (How's that for alliteration.)


13 posted on 07/08/2005 4:22:04 PM PDT by Originalist (Clarence Thomas for Chief Justice!!)
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To: Libloather

Main Entrance

14 posted on 07/08/2005 4:24:04 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Originalist

Much better than, Great Taste, Less Filling!!!


15 posted on 07/08/2005 4:27:32 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice)
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To: Libloather
The original design had a twisting, asymmetrical shape that was meant to evoke the outstretched arm of the Statue of Liberty

Why does it have to evoke anything? Just build a building that doesn't try to be something it isn't..

Like the World Trade Center, the tower will reach 1,362 feet into the sky. But an illuminated spire, meant to evoke the Statue of Liberty's torch

Something tells me this will be incredibly ugly.

16 posted on 07/08/2005 4:34:10 PM PDT by stripes1776
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To: Libloather

I liked the original Freedom Tower design a whole lot better than this syringe. The old one at least matched well with the Statue of Liberty. This one looks like any other skyscraper anywhere except its got a "we are scared" strip along the bottom of it.


17 posted on 07/08/2005 4:57:22 PM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: lepton
3-foot-thick concrete walls, 200 feet straight up.

It should survive any exterior explosion just fine -- any interior explosion will be successfully contained, blasting 1576 feet of skyscraper 4 miles into the air.

18 posted on 07/08/2005 5:05:16 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Txsleuth

Is it economically profitable? Why build it at all?

Has a workable plan been approved to destroy the building safely at the end of its useful life?


19 posted on 07/08/2005 5:05:59 PM PDT by Tax Government (Put down the judicial insurrection. Contribute to FR.)
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To: Txsleuth
The Twin Towers couldn't possibly be rebuilt. For one thing, they wouldn't meet the safety standards discussed here in terms of their setback from the highway.

More important than that, though, is that there simply is no market in lower Manhattan for that much office space. In fact, I'll be very surprised if the building described in this article is completed by 2010. Larry Silverstein, the developer who owns the rights to build on this site, is in the process of re-building 7 World Trade Center -- the 52-story building at the north end of the site that also came down on 9/11. He has yet to sign a single tenant to a lease in that building.

20 posted on 07/08/2005 5:16:47 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: Txsleuth
Just another retreat!

Let The Donald do it....He said he would duplicate exactly what the ragheads destroyed and yet make it one story taller...

Thats American thinking, not whimp junk!!!!

21 posted on 07/08/2005 5:22:04 PM PDT by squirt-gun
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To: Tax Government
"Is it economically profitable? Why build it at all?"

Who will insure it? At what rate?

Who will rent space in the biggest target in the world?

Is is safe from suitcase nukes?

Who would want to work in it?

--Boris

22 posted on 07/08/2005 5:53:25 PM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a leftist with a word processor.)
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To: squirt-gun
I'd like to see that too. Except I'd put a few big navy gun turrets on them.
23 posted on 07/08/2005 5:54:36 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Alberta's Child
there simply is no market in lower Manhattan for that much office space. In fact, I'll be very surprised if the building described in this article is completed by 2010. Larry Silverstein, the developer who owns the rights to build on this site, is in the process of re-building 7 World Trade Center -- the 52-story building at the north end of the site that also came down on 9/11. He has yet to sign a single tenant to a lease in that building.

AC---I am certainly not expert on the subject, but I am pretty sure that residential space in Manhattan is at a premium, with very high rents and selling prices for small amounts of space. Therefore, I wonder how a new "twin towers" comprised of 1000 prestige apartments in lower Manhattan would sell/rent?

24 posted on 07/09/2005 5:56:01 AM PDT by gg188
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