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.
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.
Many of the other aspects of the redevelopment of 7WTC
remain unresolved including the size and design of the building, timing of development, means of construction financing, ultimate tenancy, cash flow and value upon completion.
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.
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.
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.