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Two World Trade Center

2 World Trade Center, Church Street
New York City NY United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count110
Basement Floors6
Floor Area400,000 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - communication
 - mechanical
 - observation
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - landing pad
Architectural Style
 - international
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof1363 ft
Top floor1348 ft

- Architect: Minoru Yamasaki and Associates
- General Contractor: Tishman Realty & Construction Company,
Facts & Description

- The World Trade Center's twin towers were a national icon and arguably two of New York City's most recognizable buildings. Featured in countless television productions and major motion pictures, the twin towers were often regarded as the avatars of New York City.

- Prior to the September 11, 2001, attacks, the towers withstood several emergencies:
* On February 13, 1975, the 11th floor of One World Trade Center burned for 3 hours. Although there was no serious structural damage.
* On February 26, 1993, a car bomb was detonated by terrorists in the underground parking garage below One World Trade Center. 6 people where killed and 1,042 where injured. The plan was to destroy the foundation of the North Tower causing it to collapse onto its twin. Smoke rose up as high as the 93rd floor.

- The Twin Towers where the World's first supertall buildings designed without masonry.

- The length of each side of the tower is 63.4 meters (211 feet).
September 11, 2001 Terrorist attacks

- On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Two struck the twin towers, another hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the last crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA.

- Two World Trade Center was destroyed by a hijacked a Boeing 767 flown into the tower at approximately 9:03AM ET. It collapsed at 9:59AM ET.

- The attacks claimed the lives of 2,973 people, most of them civilians. The attacks were the catalyst for the "War on Terror."

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Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, Inc. - Architect
Leslie E. Robertson Associates RLLP - Structural engineer

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