Silverstein’s 4 WTC Takes ShapeJul 19, 2011
With only two months away until the 9/11 Memorial Park opens to the general public, the entire 16-acre World Trade Center redevelopment is beginning to take shape. Following CB Richard Ellis’ second quarter press briefing on the Manhattan office market, Silverstein Properties Inc. conducted a tour of 4 World Trade Center. GlobeSt.com’s Jacqueline Hlavenka explored the progress being made at the site.
Rising 977 feet from street level, 4 WTC is currently 40 stories high and will be 72 stories upon completion in 2013. The building will consist of two retail levels below grade, ground floor and three levels above grade, according to Silverstein Properties. The remaining floors are set aside for commercial offices, totaling 2.3 million rentable square feet. Once open, one-third of the building will be occupied as the new headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Jessica Schoenholtz, manager of marketing & communications of Silverstein Properties said the building will have three entrances and a 46-foot high office lobby. In winter 2012, a polished black granite ‘curtain wall’ will define the building’s façade. “You can really see the difference,” she said, reflecting on what the site once was. “The trees are going to reflect on the granite and really bring nature in. It’s a huge expansive space. When it was designed, we really wanted to make it welcoming and also make an impressive entrance space as well.”
Looking down from the 16th floor of 4 WTC, construction on the 88-story Two World Center and the 800,000-square-foot WTC Transportation Hub carries on at the eastern end of the site.
The tower’s lower- and mid-rise sections–floors seven through 46–will feature floor plates of approximately 44,000 rentable square feet, according to Silverstein.
Bound by Greenwich, Church, Cortlandt and Liberty Streets in Lower Manhattan, 4 WTC will face the 9/11 Memorial on the west.
The memorial will include two waterfalls and reflecting pools set where the original twin towers once stood. The nearly 3,000 names of victims at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Flight 93 will be inscribed in bronze on panels that frame the north and south reflecting pools, surrounded by a plaza of trees. It is expected to draw millions of new visitors to Lower Manhattan.