World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets Its Final Steel Rafter
Ironworkers attach the “Old Glory” flag to the final Oculus rafter piece before installation
Just weeks after One World Trade Center and the Fulton Center Subway Station opened their doors for business, the last of the 114 steel rafters was installed on Santiago Calatrava‘s long-overdue, majorly over-budget flying bird-looking transportation hub. This is just one of many steel components in the project; it’s made up of 618 steel pieces which weigh more than 12,000 tons. The rafters were supposed to be completed by August, but though they were three months behind schedule, the hub is still expected to open in late 2015.
Santiago Calatrava is the same architect responsible for designing the Ground Zero Church, another piece to completing the World Trade Center area revitalization. As we reported back in July, once completed, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will have climate-controlled corridors that will connect One World Trade Center to a new PATH terminal, 11 subway lines, the new Fulton Center Subway Station, the World Financial Center and ferry terminal, and underground parking. But the project will have cost between $3.7 and $4 billion—way over its $2 billion budget.
Photos via Facebook/WTC Progress