September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever weigh heavily on the hearts of all Americans and millions of others around the world. With the tenth anniversary observed and mourned only a few days ago, we are reminded of incredible strength needed to rebuild.
In an effort to honor those who lost their lives and accompany the beautiful 9/11 memorial, the greenest, most environmentally advanced skyscraper is slowly making its way into the New York City skyline.
1 World Trade Center, or 1 WTC as it’s frequently referred to, has already drawn an impressive list of tenants upon its 2014 opening—including Condé Nast that has signed a deal worth around $2 billion dollars over the next 25 years for over a million square feet of office space.
Tenants will be moving into a state-of-the-art building, including features such as daylighting, in which interior lights will dim automatically based on the amount of natural light coming in, hydrogen fuel cells that will provide 1.2 megawatts of power, and steam turbines, which will turn wasted steam into electricity.
The building will promote healthy living as well, with CO2 sensors that will increase fresh air in offices that need it. The lower Manhattan financial area will also see increased public transportation access and facilities for bicycle commuters in an effort to decrease car traffic and air pollution.
All of these features are designed to achieve gold level certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)—the second highest attainable status. The certification would be the first of its kind for a skyscraper of this size.
9/11 was will forever be an unfortunate chapter in our country’s history. But with a new skyscraper and breathtakingly stunning memorial, New York City’s and our country’s memories of those lost and the bravery of the first responders will be honored and never forgotten.