Snow College students may remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, but few knew about the reconstruction of the World Trade Center building in New York City.
“I was there when the building opened, my job was to protect the building. A lot of people don’t get a chance to be a part of history even if it is a small part” said security guard Louis Medina, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The new “One World Trade Center” opened Monday morning, introducing 175 Condé Nast publishing company employees to their new offices. Plans for reconstruction began mere weeks after the attacks, and construction officially began on July 4th, 2004. The building will stand at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in New York City, and the fourth-tallest building in the world. New plans have added several safety features and improvements, including a reinforced concrete base, 3 feet thick concrete walls surrounding all stairwells, and increased distance from nearby buildings.