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Chicago no longer at the top of the tall building list

One World Trade Center in New York City will be the United States’ tallest building when completed, beating out Chicago’s Willis Tower, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The independent organization certifies the official height of skyscrapers and acknowledges record-setting buildings. By the council’s criteria, a building’s architectural height may include spires and other structural elements, but not antennas, signage or flagpoles, according to its website.

There was some controversy over whether the structure at the top of One World Trade Center was a spire or an antenna. The council’s height committee met on November 8 in Chicago to rule on the building’s stature.

One World Trade Center’s height to its architectural top is 1,776 feet (541.3 meters), according to the ruling. The Willis Tower’s architectural height is 1,451 feet (442.1 meters).

Because One World Trade Center isn’t yet finished and hasn’t received its certificate of occupancy, it cannot be ranked as a “completed building,” but “its height is no longer in dispute,” the council said in a Tuesday press release.

“The design of One World Trade Center, as explained to us, reinforces its role as a symbol of resurgence on this important site,” Antony Wood, the council’s executive director, in a statement.

Upon completion, which is expected in early 2014, the New York skyscraper is expected to rank as the world’s third-tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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6 Comments to “Chicago no longer at the top of the tall building list”

    Rob said:
    November 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    You spelt Sears Wrong.
    It's a sympathy vote, has to be. They counted to antenna, really.
    Chicagos just has to get back on the spire, or whatever the building they are talking about replacing the old post office with is.

    Amy Townsend said:
    November 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    What about sea level? Isn't Chicago's 586 feet or 179 meters a little higher off the earth's surface than New York's 33 feet or 10 meters? SHHHHhhhh it's ok, don't debate it too much, they can have the distinction for a little bit, then let's get it back for Chicago.

    Will said:
    November 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    What u talkin bout willis! and oh by the way WGN bring back CREATURE FEATURES.

    smitty said:
    November 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    But Chicago is #1 in high gas prices.

    Chris said:
    November 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Maybe we can do something about the giant hole in the ground where the Chicago Spire was supposed to go haha

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