September 11th 2001 is a day that still sounds in most of our memories. It was on this day, thirteen years ago, that we lost the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers and so many lives. But since this day, thirteen years ago, plans have been in the works for rebuilding.
One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall, in reference to the year of the Declaration of Independence. The designer, David M Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, calls the structure “an open, welcoming building that both radiates light and is filled with light.”
One WTC is built to be sustainable and safe. It incorporates renewable energy, reuse of rainwater and recycled construction materials while setting a new safety standard for high-rise buildings. The building is equipped with several emergency lighting backups, extra wide pressurized stairs and all exits are designed for easy evacuation.
A memorial consisting of two massive pools set within the footprints of the twin towers will have the names of all those that were lost in the September 11th attacks inscribed around the edges of the pool. The largest manmade waterfall in the country cascades down the sides of the pool The memorial pools will also feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the country.
One WTC is expected to be completed later this year.