Seven World Trade Center is the first major building to be completed in the re-development of New York City’s World Trade Center Site. Construction of the new 7 World Trade Center began in 2002 and was completed in 2006. The building is 52 stories tall (plus one underground floor), making it the 28th-tallest in New York. It is built on a smaller footprint than the original (destroyed in the September 11 attacks). The current building’s design emphasizes safety, with a reinforced concrete core, wider stairways, and thicker fireproofing of steel columns. It also incorporates numerous green design features.
The building was the first commercial office building in New York City to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, where it won a gold rating. It was also one of the first projects accepted to be part of the Council’s pilot program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Core and Shell Development (LEED-CS).
Selux MTR Columns grace the building’s entrance plaza, beautifully illuminating the fountain and internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Koons’ Balloon Flower (Red) sculpture, one of his signature highly polished, public stainless steel sculptures, which serves as a tribute to 9⁄11 survivors.