Prismatic Glass Facade For WTC Tower Scrapped

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Plans to cover the concrete base of the new World Trade Center tower with 2,000 panel of clear prismatic glass have been scrapped because of technical and safety concerns.

Construction of 1 World Trade Center, which reached its halfway point in January, has risen to 65 stories.

One World Trade Center is seen at Ground Zero - New York, NY - May 5, 2011 (credit: Steve Knight / WCBS 880)

One World Trade Center is seen at Ground Zero - New York, NY - May 5, 2011 (credit: Steve Knight / WCBS 880)

Port Authority officials with both New York and New Jersey decided to scrap the prismatic glass because it is prone to shattering.


About $10 million had been spent on the glass panels which were supposed to cover the building’s 185-foot tall base.

Officials say traditional glass is going to be used instead.

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  • shawn goeders

    Why couldn’t you just make the glass to spec and then create the prism effect with the structural coating…imprint the coating with an illusion of prism?

  • Wolf

    10 Million already spent. So where’s the glass now? This city and every municipality and government agency should be forced to buy AMERICAN. This way we KEEP AMERICANS WORKING. Stop buying overseas and American companies will be forced to keep jobs here. I hope the glass and every other unused product gets returned. How many millions over budget is this project?

  • Jen

    Send the glass back for a credit to whatever foreign country NYC bought them from. America used to be self- sufficient. Now we can’t even build our own cars without help.

  • Soap

    Incompetent builders. They should ask the Chinese for help showing them how to build.

  • Richard Singer

    I think that they should substitute the glass with used shoes. This would prevent any shattering. I’ve never been cut by a falling shoe….

  • Gary Goldenstein

    Instead of covering the base with traditional glass they should consider decorative glass mosaics. Mixed-Up Mosaics on W. 35th St. is the best in the business

  • Cayman

    Everday I see this city throwing away money. $10 million could have been used for our Teachers/Fire Fighters/Police Officers. Such a shame

    • Jimmy

      Yes, I think this scam is better than “The Producers” on Broadway. Someone got ten mill for something that they probably knew they couldn’t deliver.

  • zagwee

    bummer, I think it really would have looked good like that.

  • Frank Hunt

    the Empire State Building was completed in 18 months….I think if they let Trump build it,,it would be beautyfull like all his buildings are……seems to me we have a can do man in waiting, while we have a can’t do President and Mayor

    • Idratherbegolfing

      Problem is Trump does not pay his bills or his vendors. He ahs run many companys out of business in NYC.

    • Jimmy

      Yep, It would be done by now.

  • Mike

    Not that the original Twin Towers were beauties. Unimaginative, slab-sided, industrial, pragmatic buildings. None of the trim or aesthetics of the Chrystler Building and Empire State Building.

    • Joseph

      True, but they were iconic and that was enough to mark them as special. You would never look at two tall identical structures and not think of the WTC. By themselves, it might have just been another building, but together they were an icon.

      • kathleen

        Joseph, yes, those towers were icons to me too. I thought they were beautiful as I walked to the PATH at night and it was amazing how you could only see one tower from various areas because they were built so perfectly in size.




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