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Rebirth In Lower Manhattan: Inside Four World Trade Center

View from 60th floor of Four World Trade Center - New York, NY - Sep 7, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

View from 60th floor of Four World Trade Center – New York, NY – Sep 7, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The new Four World Trade Center isn’t scheduled to open for another year, but Friday, reporters got a sneak peek.

WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb On The Story


The $2 billion, eventually 72-floor, 977-foot-tall skyscraper in the southeast corner of the original World Trade Center site offers absolutely stunning panoramic views through floor to ceiling windows.

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View from 60th floor of Four World Trade Center – New York, NY – Sep 7, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

With the anniversary of 9/11 right around the corner, the developers also want to underline safety.

“They are incredibly strong structurally,” Janno Lieber of developer Silverstein Properties told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb. “You have three-foot-thick concrete walls, and you see them right in front of you, that encase all of the safety and exiting systems of the entire building – the stairways, the elevators, all of the standpipes that bring water, communications.”

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View from 60th floor of Four World Trade Center – New York, NY – Sep 7, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

He noted that those concrete walls are impregnated with steel reinforcing bars.

Lieber compared the center core of the building to a bunker, adding that whatever happens, occupants will be in a position to get out.

One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center under construction (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center under construction (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

Four World Trade Center was topped off back on June 25.