"Don't stop, keep going,” is how octogenarian Larry Silverstein signed the last bucket of concrete that topped out 3 World Trade Center this past Thursday. Despite the exultant throngs, Larry looked pensive and I had to wonder if his note was a memo to self. Now 85, he has one more tower—2 WTC—to complete at the Trade Center.
Here’s an excerpt of Larry’s comments at the June 23 topping out ceremony:
“This is a topping out ceremony, one of my favorites, ribbon cuttings aren’t bad—they all go together. It gives us a chance to celebrate people who deserve praise and recognition. The fact of the matter is, it is an opportunity to celebrate our workers, all of you. Such praise, nowhere else on earth is such praise more appropriate, because you may remember that on 9/11 and in the days that immediately followed, the whole world saw our dedicated men and women of the building industry rush down here without hesitation or regard for their own personal safety.
Hundreds of you stayed to help clear the site and many more of you worked with my team to build 7 World Trade Center and together we finished and opened that building 10 years ago – and it’s a huge success. Not just commercially and architecturally but also as a symbol of downtown’s rebirth. Many of you also worked at One World Trade Center and also with us at 4 World Trade Center. We opened that beautiful building in 2013 and it’s now home to dozens of dynamic, creative businesses that have re-energized downtown’s business district. It’s not your grandfather’s Wall Street anymore. It’s changed totally. Like many of you, I’ve always believed the new World Trade Center would be a success and that downtown’s best days are still ahead.
I just turned 85 and this project continues to be the passion of my life. . . After 9/11, I wanted to restore our city in the way I know best – by building a better version of New York here in lower Manhattan.”
From Silverstein Properties | Official Press Release:
NEW YORK, June 23, 2016 – Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry A. Silverstein was joined by approximately 1,000 union construction workers and leading New York government, civic and business officials at a topping out ceremony marking the completion of concrete construction for the new 3 World Trade Center.
The final concrete bucket, which was adorned with the same American flag that was used at the topping out of 7 and 4 WTC, was signed by Mr. Silverstein, construction workers and the assembled dignitaries. It was then raised 1,079 feet in the air and placed at the top the 80-story tower. . .
Designed by award winning British architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 3 World Trade Center is located at 175 Greenwich Street and bounded by Cortlandt Way, Greenwich, Church and Dey Streets. At 1,079 feet and 80 floors, the 2.5 million square foot tower is envisioned to be the third tallest skyscraper on the World Trade Center site – and will be the fifth tallest in New York City upon completion in 2018.