Panel to Decide Official Height of WTC

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    Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules illuminated lower Manhattan as officials tested the lights atop 1 World Trade Center. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules illuminated lower Manhattan as officials tested the lights atop 1 World Trade Center.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles.

    The beacon and spire together stand 408 feet tall and bring the building, formerly called the Freedom Tower, to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

    The Durst Organization operates the spire, which will serve broadcasters.

    Panel to Decide Whether to Count Spire in WTC's Height

    [NY] Panel to Decide Whether to Count Spire in WTC's Height
    Architects for the firm that designed One World Trade Center are set to make their case Friday for the building's 408-foot spire to be counted towards its height, giving it the full, symbolic measurement of 1,776 feet, and making it officially the tallest in the U.S. (Published Friday, Nov 8, 2013)

    A committee of world building heights experts met Friday in Chicago to decide whether a design change that affects the 408-foot needle disqualifies it from being counted as the nation's tallest skyscraper. 

    Architects for the firm that designed One World Trade Center made their case for the building's spire to be counted towards its height, giving it the full, symbolic measurement of 1,776 feet, and making it officially the tallest in the U.S.

    WATCH: World Trade Center Crowned

    [NY] WATCH: World Trade Center Crowned
    Watch as "Today's" Matt Lauer sounds the horn to kick off the World Trade Center spire's final ascent to the top. Then see raw chopper video as it is put into place, bringing the iconic structure to its symbolic 1,776 feet and making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (Published Friday, May 10, 2013)

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Chicago-based organization considered an authority on such records, is set to decide its official height, and whether the spire can be included.

    Without the spire, the building would be considered shorter than the Willis Tower in Chicago, which stands at 1,451 feet and is the tallest in the U.S.

    World Trade Center Spire Raised to Roof

    [NY] World Trade Center Spire Raised to Roof
    See video from Chopper 4 as the spire is raised to the roof of One World Trade. (Published Thursday, May 2, 2013)

    "What we're interested in is that symbolic height ... what's important is the number, 1,776," architect David Childs, who will be making the case before the group, told NBC 4 New York. 

    The group meets Friday and is expected to decide next week. 

    Workers Install Base of WTC Spire

    [NY] Workers Install Base of WTC Spire
    Workers using two giant cranes on the 104th floor roof of One World Trade Center installed the first piece of the spire that will make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. (Published Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013)