Blast design for 78-story tower with four trading floors, retail, and sky lobby. Second-tallest office building on World Trade Center site. 2,530,000 sf.
Weidlinger Associates is providing blast design services for four office towers, including Tower 2, on the World Trade Center site. Designed around a central cruciform core, Tower 2's four interconnected blocks will have nine entrances, five from street level, two (below-grade) from the new Transit Hub, and two from the retails area; extensive retail, much of it at street level; a sky lobby; 59 column-free office and trading floors; and a summit containing multiple-height function rooms. The facade of the upper portion will be inclined, giving the tower a distinctive profile.
The tower will have a central core of steel encased in reinforced concrete and an external structural steel frame. The safety systems will exceed New York City building code and Port Authority requirements. At street level, the tower will be reinforced with glass walls. At the Greenwich Street entrance, the double-height ground-floor lobby will provide access to the MTA. As it rises along Vesey Street, the lobby will provide further access to the MTA via escalators and a four-story shopping area that connects with Fulton Street and opens onto the Wedge of Light plaza. Designed for high energy efficiency, the tower is expected to receive a LEED gold rating.
Completion Date: 2012 Location: New York, New York Owner or Client: Silverstein Properties Prime Consultant(s): Foster + Partners