Infographic: Cranes Building the Freedom Tower

14 years have come and gone by since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City. While we remember that day, we recognize that our country has only grown stronger and more united in the years since this devastating event took place.

This collective strength and unity is shown through the building of One World Trade Center. The new tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world. Standing at exactly 1,776 feet, it is no coincidence that One World Trade Center’s height matches the year that America declared independence, marking one of the first years we were united together as a country. The rebuilding of the World Trade Center represents the resilience of the United States of America, a country that continues to push forward towards progress, success, and freedom.

Crane Service Inc. has developed an infographic to show how the Freedom Tower was built and discusses the cranes used to complete the project.  


  • It took 11 years to plan, design, and build the new Freedom Tower; Announced December 2003, opened to building tenants November 2014
  • Over 200 cranes of varying sizes were used to build the tower
  • The New World Trade Center spans 16 acres of land that holds 5 separate office towers, an 8-acre Memorial Plaza, a Performing Arts Center, a Museum, and over half a million square feet of shopping and dining
  • The lobby of One World Trade Center is 55 ft tall
  • The cubic base of the building has a footprint identical to the original Twin Towers
  • The edges of the tower are chamfered to form 8 isosceles triangles, making a perfect octagon at the center

Building The Freedom Tower