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Freedom Tower: Height Does Matter Or Does It?

Freedom Tower:  Height Does Matter Or Does It?
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The Freedom Tower in New York, which is the nickname for One World Trader Center is fighting the record books for the tallest building in the United States.  Earlier this month iron workers installed steel columns that make it 1,250 feet high.  Of course it’s unfinished and it’s slated to be completed in about 3 years so the official word won’t come out until then.

Officially, the current tallest building in the US is the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) which is 108 stories and 1,451 feet tall located in Chicago.  However, the Freedom Tower in New York will of course try to topple that.  Plans are for it to reach a total height of 1,776 feet when everything is all said and done in about 3 years.  That number is symbolic of course to the United States since that is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Some controversy may get into the way of that official title though as the counties tallest building.

The actual roof will be listed at only 1,368 feet.  A very tall building to say the least but about 408 feet short of what they are aiming for.  To take up the other 408 feet they will utilize a cable-stayed mast which will bring it to it’s goal.  The problem is whether or not the official group that measures buildings will see the mast as just an antenna or an architectural spire.  If they consider it as part of the architectural part of the building then all is good however there is concerns since it will be also utilized as an antenna that they will consider it just that.  If it’s the latter, than they will deduct the height of the antenna from the size of the building knocking it down in size considerably and have to be officially the #2 tallest building in the United States.

No one will know the outcome of the Freedom Tower official height until it’s completed and the record keepers can take a look but one thing is for certain.  The Freedom Tower will be the tallest building in New York no matter if it has a 408 foot antenna on it or not.

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About Ella Jourgeson

Ella was recently an intern who checked all the articles for grammatical and spelling errors. She is now an all purpose writer filling in wherever we need help.

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