The plaza on the eastern side of One World Trade Center, known as the Freedom Tower, is taking shape following an all-night concrete pour.
955m³ of concrete – the equivalent of six miles of New York City sidewalk – were poured over 14 consecutive hours, beginning in the rain. The concrete was delivered to site by more than 125 lorries.
The pour brought the eastern side of the tower to street level and was the largest done to date for One World Trade Center.
It formed what will be a landscaped area around the tower’s perimeter, including the base of a large fountain and concrete boxes where Swamp White Oak trees will be planted.
The plaza will provide street-level access to one of the tower’s four entrances.
Working to schedule
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said the work was happening on schedule.
“We’re committed to completing this tower and the other public projects at the World Trade Center site on the current timetable,” he said.
“We’ve made enormous progress in bringing One World Trade Center up to grade.”
“This is an important milestone but much work lies ahead.”
Chris Ward, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The tower’s core rises over 55m, of which 24m are below ground and more than 30m are above street level. More than 16,000m³ of concrete have been poured to date.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This is an important milestone but much work lies ahead.
“We will continue working aggressively every single day until all of the public projects are complete.”