After traveling 1,500 nautical miles from Valleyfield, Quebec, the first sections of the spire for One World Trade Center were lifted to the top of the 104-story building this morning. The spire will make One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere—suck it,
Sears Willis Tower.
With the 408-foot spire, 1 WTC will be 1,776 feet tall. The spire is comprised of many pieces, the heaviest weighing nearly 70 tons. WTC construction director Steven Plate told WCBS 880, "Best way to describe it is it's like putting a candle on top of a cake."
The initial pieces of the spire made it from Valleyfield to the Port of Newark over the Thanksgiving holiday; yesterday, those pieces journeyed from the port to the WTC site, with a rest in the streets of lower Manhattan. (According to the AP, the rest of the "$20 million spire are being trucked in from Canada and South Plainfield, N.J., the location of another plant in the co-production.")