Getting peeks at some new renderings now...
WTC'S WINDOW TO THE WORLD
TOWER 3 LOBBY A GLASS-IC
LOOK OUT THERE: 3 WTC, which Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein says will be a corporate dream, will contain a three-story high lobby with glass walls.
By TOM TOPOUSIS
May 4, 2007
Here's the first look at the dramatic three-story lobby slated for World Trade Center Tower 3, with its glass-walled atrium overlooking a new section of Greenwich Street and the Santiago Calatrava- designed rail station just to the north.
Tower 3, which is being designed by British architect Richard Rogers, is one of three towers slated for the eastern edge of the World Trade Center, between Church Street and what will be a newly reopened section of Greenwich Street.
"It's a massive building with 2.4 million square feet of office space," said Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein.
"At 1,155 feet tall, it has 40,000-square-foot floors in the tower and four floors with over 50,000-square- foot trading floors in the base."
Silverstein envisions Tower 3, also known as 175 Greenwich St., as a corporate headquarters because of its large trading floors that are coveted by financial firms.
Of the three towers Silverstein is building between Church and Greenwich streets, Tower 2 and Tower 3 will have trading floors. Tower 4, at the southeastern corner of the site, will host the Port Authority, city government and private tenants.
"They will be magnificent buildings, and they will be at the forefront of technological capability," Silverstein said, explaining that each architect is world renowned.
Norman Foster is designing Tower 2, and Fumihiko Maki is the architect behind Tower 4. Design and engineering teams for all three architects have been working side by side in a 10th-floor center at Silverstein's 7 World Trade Center.
"We're moving totally on schedule, and every benchmark has been accomplished," he said of the design work that is now 50 percent complete. Silverstein said he expects final designs for all three buildings to be done by July 1.
Under a deal worked out with the Port Authority and the governors of New York and New Jersey last year, Silverstein agreed to give up control of the Freedom Tower and a fifth tower slated for a site just a block south of the World Trade Center campus.
As part of the deal, the Port Authority agreed to complete the construction of a 70-foot-deep slurry wall around Silverstein's building site, along with excavation of the site, by the end of the year. The developer, in turn, has agreed to finish his towers by 2012.
Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said the excavation and slurry-wall construction is on track to be completed in December.