7WTC7 World Trade Center (New York City)
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The circuit court held that: given the unprecedented nature and sheer magnitude of the events of September 11, the alleged negligence on the part of defendants was not the cause-in-fact of the collapse of 7WTC.
Citing the "unprecedented etiology and severity of the cataclysm that engulfed lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001," the circuit court found that "7WTC would have collapsed regardless of any negligence ascribed by plaintiffs' experts to the design and construction of 7WTC more than a decade earlier." It concluded: it was simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of September 11, 2001.
7WTC was one of the first office skyscrapers to earn a Gold rating under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program administered by the U.S.
"The building can literally recognize you," said Scott Frank, a partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles, a full-service mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm responsible for the sustainable design elements in 7WTC. "We are dealing with the most state-of-the-art technology available."
At 7WTC, a microchip in a tenant's ID card tells the smart elevator which floor the employee is going to and automatically takes him there.
Although the agreement with developer Larry Silverstein ultimately collapsed, the excitement news of the potential lease at a then-tenantless 7WTC stirred has been cited as a major contributor to the flurry of interest that has subsequently been shown in the tower.
Many prominent architects, developers and officials assembled on 7WTC's 25th floor for the MASterworks Awards, drinking in a spectacular sunset before getting down to the business of the night: honoring five projects in five separate categories that proved a cut above the rest.
7WTC has won praise from critics for maintaining a sleek design even in the face of the stringent security demands.
Vantone, one of China's biggest real estate investment companies, would be interested in leasing the 7WTC space and subletting to other Chinese firms looking to establish a foothold in the US.