Meanwhile, more than $10 million poured into fabricating prismatic glass for the base of the skyscraper. Architects gave samples to manufacturers in China, but they weren't able to produce 2,000 panels of the material specified. When tested, the panels shattered into dangerous shards. In spring 2011, with the Tower already soaring 65 stories, David Childs continued to tweak the design.
According to Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill, architects plan to create a "dynamic, shimmering surface" for the lower portion of the skyscraper. Until construction is completed, the design is an ongoing process.
One World Trade Center is scheduled to open in January 2014.
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- Feature at Trade Center Is Halted After $10 Million, New York Times
- Reflections on the glass base of 1 World Trade Center, Chicago Tribune
- A Building Rises at Ground Zero, Architectural Record