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The first piece of the spire that will stand atop the new One World Trade Center building in Manhattan was hoisted into place today.
According to CBC New York nine of the 18 total sections that will make up the spire traveled 1,500 nautical miles down the East Coast from Quebec and made its arrival at Pier 25 Tuesday.
The first piece has been hoisted 104 floors from the ground and weighed nearly 70 tons, notes The New York Daily News. It took 45 minutes and was in place at 9 a.m.
The Port Authority estimates that the process of putting the spire in place should be completed by the first quarter of 2013.
“Everything on this project is either cutting edge, state-of-the-art or something that’s never been done before,” World Trade Center construction director Steven Plate told CBS New York.
The spire itself will be 408-feet tall when completed and the World Trade Center building will stand 1,776-feet tall. The spire will be used for the broadcasting facility on the building.
When One World Trade Center is finished, it will be third tallest building in the world and the tallest in the Western hemisphere. It is set to open in 2014.
The new World Trade Center building is being built on the site of the old World Trade Center buildings, which were destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A memorial and museum will be a part of the new complex, notes USA Today.