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Prismatic Glass Facade For WTC Tower Scrapped

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: One World Trade Center at Ground Zero rises up into the air March 9, 2011 in New York City. Construction continues at the Ground Zero site on the signature skyscraper, with workers up to nearly sixty floors of the building's planned 104-story height. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 09: One World Trade Center at Ground Zero rises up into the air March 9, 2011 in New York City. Construction continues at the Ground Zero site on the signature skyscraper, with workers up to nearly sixty floors of the building’s planned 104-story height. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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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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