So, the glass idea was scrapped and a replacement was sought.
The new plan still involves glass, but it's of a different type and configuration.
The new design for the exterior cladding on One World Trade Center features horizontal stainless steel panels behind vertical glass fins going up the 20 stories of the fortress-like base.These glass louvers will allow backlighting to give a distinctive effect for the base, and hopefully lighten the base, which is comprised of concrete surrounding the lobby area to minimize the effects of a potential car or truck bomb.
“They will reflect light during the day and the night and give the building’s base a distinctive look,” said Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye on Tuesday. “In the evening, the combination of the water and the lights on the memorial pools we think, frankly, will be picked up by the glass on the podium at One World Trade Center and it’s consistent with the overall aesthetic of the site.”
The cost for the new glass is $37.2 million for engineering, fabricating, and installing the glass facade and the installation will occur in 2013 as the tower is being completed. The original design glass installation was to cost $80+ million, but no one has made an accounting for how much money has been spent on the original design.