One World Trade Center Is Now Tallest Building in New York City
In the tireless concrete jungle of the big apple, the rebuilt One World Trade Center is once again the tallest building in New York City. According to The Washington Post, today (Monday April 30) workers will erect steel columns that will make the skyscraper’s unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet high, which is taller than the Empire State Building observation deck.
But will One World Trade Center become the tallest building in the world? CNN reports that a new column at One World Trade Center made the building rise to 1,271 feet – and that the building is expected to reach 1,776 feet when it is finished by early 2014. This will make One World Trade Center the tallest building in the country (a record currently held by The Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower, which stands at 1,450 feet tall).
Sadly, no American building is the tallest in the world, and even when One World Trade Center is completed, it will be only the third tallest building in the world. According to Wikipedia, the world’s tallest buildings are the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (at 2,717 feet) and Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Saudi Arabia (at 1,971 feet). Six other buildings in Asia stand taller that the Willis Tower, but will be beaten out by One World Trade Center in 2014.