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Your Guide to the World Trade Center Complex (Part 1)

We have all heard a lot about the Freedom Tower but most of us are not too familiar with the other towers to be a part of the World Trade Center complex. Here is an overview of 3 of the major World Trade Center Towers:

2 World Trade Center (200 Greenwich Street)

Located on 200 Greenwich Street, 2 World Trade Center stands at approximately 1,349 feet and has 59 floors. Of the 59 floors, five levels will be dedicated to retail, four will serve as trading floors and the rest will be reserved for rentable offices. The building has been designed by Foster and Partners and will be surfaced in glass and topped off with an angled diamond-shaped summit, facing and saluting the WTC memorial park below.

3 World Trade Center

Unlike 2 WTC, this building will be covered in an external structural steel frame, exceeding New York City building code requirements. Eight stories high, containing 2.8 million square feet of space, 3 World Trade Center will provide a 360-degree panoramic view of New York City. The building will have a three story high lobby to give visitors a “big picture window” of the nearby memorial park.  The building will be most well-known for its “load-sharing system of diamond-shaped bracing.” The building is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

4 World Trade Center

As one of the first towers at the complex to be completed, 150 Greenwich Street’s 4 World Trade center is currently the second tallest building at the WTC Complex, after the Freedom Tower, however it is set to drop down to fourth tallest after 2 WTC and 3 WTC are built. The building is set to be completed before the end of this year and boasts 72 floors. The building has a truly unique design with two different shaped floor plates.  Floors 7 through 46 are in the shape of a 44,000 square foot parallelogram, while floors 48 to 63 will be in the shape of a trapezoid measuring approximately 34,000 square feet.

For more information on the World Trade Center Complex, visit http://goo.gl/ntTtnF

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