With 104 stories towering 1,776 feet-tall, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Americas, as determined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The building will include the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere at 23 mph. Travel time from the lowest to the highest floor will be a mere 60 seconds.
Laid end to end, the steel cables used in the elevators span 198 miles, or approximately the distance from New York City to Baltimore. The elevators’ counterweights total more than one-million-pounds or comparable to the weight of about 250 cars.
The vertical-transportation systems in One World Trade Center are being built by ThyssenKrupp Elevator including 71 elevators and 11 escalators. Five of the elevators will have a capacity of 4000 pounds and run at 2,000 feet-per-minute. A crew of 90 ThyssenKrupp Elevator mechanics is scheduled to complete the project by 2014.
The infographic below lists some of the incredible stats involved in this monumental project:
Graphic provided by ThyssenKrupp