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Martin Hinton

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Rise of Freedom: Tour of 1 WTC

September 30, 2010 - 6:00 AM | by: Martin Hinton

“The city thinks about itself in terms of skyscrapers; and I stand up here and realize we are only on 31 and this tower’s going to 104. This is going to be an incredible building.” Christopher Ward is talking about 1 World Trade Center. A skyscraper that when completed will be the tallest building in America.

Christopher Ward became the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2008. Among the Port’s responsibilities America’s busiest airport and port system, a train line, half a dozen bridges and tunnels.

When we visited the tower last week it was just over 30 floors. Atop the final, 104th floor, an antennae will reach the symbolic height of 1776 feet.

Part of the new World Trade Center it is just one of several buildings being constructed on what was Ground Zero. The complexity of the work is hard to fathom. Ward helps us understand it with a simple analogy, “When you think about all that is getting built. 10 million square feet of commercial office space, memorial and museum, a new transit hub. Everything that we are looking at here is a game of “pick-up-sticks.” Every part is interconnected and touching one part potential impacts every other part.

But the construction of 10 million square feet of office space is no child’s game. The 16 acre site is growing and changing daily. As Ward puts it, “It literally changes so fast every day the route you can walk through what you can see is different because of how fast things are getting built and how quickly it’s transforming.”

Thousands of workers arrive every day to off load tons of steel and concrete. Like ants tending to their hive it might look like chaos, but it is more a symphony than chaos. See the amazing progress as Chris Ward gives Shepard Smith a tour on tonight’s Fox Report, 7pm EDT on the Fox News Channel.

Finally, you can see much more on the building of the new World Trade Center and National 911 Memorial and Museum by visiting these sites www.foxnews.com/freedom, www.wtc.com and http://www.national911memorial.org.

And you can read more about Chris Ward at http://www.panynj.gov/corporate-information/leadership.html

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