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article imageLast pieces of spire to be raised on One World Trade Center today Special

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 29, 2013 in World
New York - Today One World Trade Center is about to reach a new milestone. As the final pieces of the building's spire are hoisted, it will make the new building the tallest one in the Western Hemisphere.
On Monday, construction crews are raising the final two sections of the 408-foot spire and placing on the roof of the One World Trade Center.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported these sections of the spire will be atop the building by approximately 12 p.m.
A press release issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said:
The final section, comprising the 17th and 18th pieces, will bring the building to its iconic height of 1776. Once the pieces are installed, at a later date, the spire will make One WTC the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The 104-floor skyscraper became the tallest in New York City in April 2012 as crews steadily worked at the 16-acre site.
Crews have been working on the spire since early winter when it had been shipped in 18 pieces down to New York City. The spire had been constructed in Canada and several of the pieces were delivered via boat and truck to the City.
One World Trade Center is currently scheduled to open for business sometime in 2014, and its observation deck is anticipated to open in 2015. TIME recently published images showing the views from the top of One World Trade Center.
The new building sits on the northwest corner of the site. Another building currently under construction, 4 World Trade Center, will be 72 stories high.
One World Trade Center  New York City  NY  USA under construction. Taken on 22 February 2013 from De...
One World Trade Center, New York City, NY, USA under construction. Taken on 22 February 2013 from Dey Street, the picture is framed by the Century 21 department store and the Millenium Hilton hotel
Construction at the World Trade Center site
Construction at the World Trade Center site
The world's tallest building is 2,700 feet and is located in Dubai.
Update: The Port Authority has issued a press release that indicates raising of the spire has been delayed due to high winds in the region today. At this time a reschedule has not been announced, but officials say the event will take place when weather conditions permit.
Update May 2, 2013:
According to a new press release issued by the Port Authority, the spire was raised today. It will be permanently attached during the next few weeks.
"It's a 22-ton structure that will house a state of the art lighting facility as well as a beacon that will be seen for miles around," Steven Plate, head of construction at the site, said, reported USA Today. It will "give a tremendous indication to people around the entire region and the world that we are back and we are better than ever."
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