The workers who poured their hearts into One World Trade Center

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The Rise of the World Trade Center

At 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

For fourth-generation ironworker, Tom Hickey, One World Trade Center consumed his life. He is one of the 10,000 fearless construction workers tasked with building the record-breaking structure.

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Lower Manhattan (One World Trade Center) and surrounding buildings
Hickey, profiled in Time's incredibly impactful documentary "Rise," says, "this place is home, it ain't a hole no more."

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Iron foreman Kevin Scally was one of thousands who lifted the tower's 104 floors to create the new World Trade Center. This feat was not without sacrifice.



The laborious job, which was completed in seven years from start to finish, opened to the public in November of 2014. The "Freedom Tower" and the two deep cubic pools memorialize the thousands of victims affected by the day that completely shocked and forever changed our nation — September 11th, 2001.

Photos of the construction of One World Trade Center below:

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The workers who poured their hearts into One World Trade Center
The sun begins to rise over New York's skyline as workers continue to break up debris for removal from the World Trade Center site in New York Monday morning, Oct. 8, 2001. Construction workers at "ground zero" reacted with pride and satisfaction Sunday as news spread by word of mouth, from one worker to the next, that U.S. and British forces launched strikes against Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Karp)
Construction workers break up the sidewalk across from the Marriott Financial Center hotel, Monday, Jan. 7, 2001, in New York, after the hotel re-opened for the first time since Sept. 11. The hotel is located one block from the site of the World Trade Center attacks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Construction workers insert a cap over one of the tiebacks on the western retaining wall which surrounds the site of the World Trade Center disaster, as efforts to stop leakage of water from the Hudson River continues, Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Work continues at the construction site of the World Trade Center ground zero area which was the site of one of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in New York, Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Nearby, hundreds of people flocked to Federal Hall on Wednesday for the opening of an exhibit of historical photos and potential future plans for the site.(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
** FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH THE SEPT. 11 ANNIVERSARY, ONE OF THIRTEEN PHOTOS IN A STAND ALONE SEQUENCE ** Construction work continues at the World Trade Center site Tuesday, July 30, 2002, in New York. The Empire State Building is visible upper left. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
Firefighters and construction workers file into the pit before a ceremony marking the one year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002 at ground zero in New York. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool)
Construction workers inside the shell of the World Trade Center observe a moment of silence at 8:46am at ground zero as the ceremony begins marking the one year anniversary of the attacks the World Trade Center in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
**FILE** A steel column for the Freedom Tower rises from the base of the World Trade Center site in this March 9, 2007 file photo in New York. Construction began last spring on the Freedom Tower, the planned 1,776-foot skyscraper being built to replace the fallen twin towers. The tower is the tallest and most symbolic of five office buildings planned to replace the destroyed trade center complex. A Sept. 11 memorial, transit hub and performing arts center are also planned. The tall steel columns are made in Luxembourg and fabricated in Virginia before arriving in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
FILE- In this May 30, 2007 file photo, a steel column for the Freedom Tower bears signatures of Sept. 11 victims' family members at the World Trade Center in New York. Their signatures join those left by some who worked on the towers. Construction workers have left personal messages on One World Trade Center in the form of graffiti. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
**FILE** A welder works on a steel beam at the World Trade Center site as the former Deutsche Bank building stand at rear left, in this May 30, 2007 file photo, in New York. JP Morgan has reached an agreement to build and move into one of five planned office towers at ground zero, with a hefty package of state and city incentives, officials announced Thursday, June 14, 2007. JP Morgan will build its tower on the spot where a vacant skyscraper heavily damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks now sits. The former Deutsche Bank building _ plagued by contamination, the discovery of human remains and a recent construction accident _ is being taken down floor by floor. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
One of approximately 580 metric tons of jumbo steel I-beams lie ready to be loaded Wednesday, Aug 8, 2007, onto semi-trucks at the Georgia Ports Authority Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga. The steel beams, one of which is 70-feet long and weighs over 42,000 pounds., will be used in the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum at ground zero in New York City. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
**ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND, FEB. 23-24--FILE** A steel column is seen in the foreground as construction continues on the foundations of the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site in this Aug. 14, 2007 file photo in New York. The sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be marked on September 11. The tall steel columns are made in Luxembourg and fabricated in Virginia before arriving in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
An ironworker waits for a crane to lower a hook at the World Trade Center construction site Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 in New York. In the background is the steel frame of One World Trade Center, previously called the Freedom Tower. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this photo made Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, an ironworker connects steel beams of One World Trade Center in New York. Construction spending posts tiny gain in October, led by huge rise in residential activity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this photo taken March 3, 2010, One World Trade Center is under construction in New York, in a view taken from the World Center Hotel. With rooms boasting views directly out on the construction, the hotel's proximity to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks is being used as a marketing tool. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this photo taken March 5, 2010, the World Center Hotel, second from right, has views of One World Trade Center, center, under construction in New York. With rooms boasting views directly out on the construction, the hotel's proximity to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks is being used as a marketing tool. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
One World Trade Center is under construction, Friday, June 18, 2010 in New York. The steel framework has reached 250 feet above street level. 7 World Trade Center is at right. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction continues at the World Trade Center site in New York Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. One World Trade Center is rising above the memorial site of the north tower, below, that was destroyed September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The Tribute in Light rises above the construction cranes on One World Trade Center, and the lower New York skyline, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. In an annual tradition, the two bright blue beams of light rise from lower Manhattan in memory of the fallen twin towers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction cranes work atop the rising structure of One World Trade Center, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 in New York. The top deck is now 613 feet (187 meters) above street level. On the right is 7 World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Two construction cranes work above One World Trade Center, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in New York. Goldman Sachs headquarters is at left. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
One World Trade, center, is seen under construction in New York, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this photo taken July 1, 2011, is the construction of the skyscraper known as One World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction continues on One World Trade Center, in this aerial photo, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in New York. The tower has reached the 76th floor. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this July 27, 2011 aerial file photo, construction continues at the World Trade Center in New York. One World Trade Center, left, rises above the lower Manhattan skyline followed by Four World Trade Center, lower right, with the square outlines of the almost-completed September 11 Memorial at lower center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Construction cranes and One World Trade Center rise above the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, Saturday, July 30, 2011, in New York. The tower will be 104 floors and 1,776 feet (541 meters) when completed. September marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction continues on One World Trade Center, center, Friday, August 5, 2011 in New York. The tower has reached the 76th floor on the way to 104 floors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this photo taken Aug. 23, 2011, is the construction of the skyscraper known as One World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction workers ride an elevator to an upper floor of One World Trade Center , Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 in New York. The tower is now built up to the 80th floor. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
One World Trade Center, center, is under construction, Sept. 15, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction continues at the World Trade Center, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in New York. Four World Trade Center is top left, the National September 11 Memorial is center, and One World Trade Center is at right. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A truckload of concrete is delivered to the World Trade Center construction site, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 in New York. Tower One is at center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Freighter Nord Bright passes One World Trade Center, now up to 90 floors, and the lower Manhattan skyline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 in New York. The tower is scheduled to be completed in 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this file photo of March 23, 2012, ironworkers connect steel beams above the 93rd floor of One World Trade Center in New York. One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site with 3 million square feet of office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Construction workers walk past the World Trade Center construction site and One World Trade Center, center, Thursday, June 14, 2012 in New York. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the site later Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this file photo of Aug. 2, 2012, Billy Geoghan, center, follows fellow ironworker James Brady up a ladder to the 104th floor of One World Trade Center in New York. One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site with 3 million square feet of office space. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE- In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, a construction worker signs a ceremonial steel beam at One World Trade Center in New York. The beam was signed by President Barack Obama with the notes: "We remember," ''We rebuild" and "We come back stronger!" during a ceremony at the construction site June 14. The beam, having since adorned with the autographs of workers and police officers at the site, will be sealed into the structure of the tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE- This Aug. 2, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama's message and signature on a steel beam at One World Trade Center in New York. The president’s words will join those of numerous construction workers at the site who left personal messages on the beams, when they will be sealed behind the facade of the buildings as they progress toward their 2014 completion date. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Construction continues on One World Trade Center, center, and 3 World Trade Center, left, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Construction workers take photographs as the first piece of the spire for One World Trade Center is lowered by construction cranes into position on the roof of the tower, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 in New York. When the spire is completed the building will top off at 1776 feet (541 meters), making it the tallest building in North America. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A Port Authority worker cleans a window of the unfinished observation deck on the 100th floor of the One World Trade Center building, under construction in New York, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The observation deck will occupy the tower's 100th through 102nd floors. Elevators will whisk visitors to the top in just one minute but the experience of visiting the attraction will take an hour. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A helicopter flies past the ongoing construction of One World Trade Center, as seen Saturday, April 6, 2013, from Liberty State Park, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Port Authority Chairman David Samson, at podium center left, addresses a news conference in observation deck on the 100th floor of the One World Trade Center building, under construction in New York, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The observation deck will occupy the tower's 100th through 102nd floors. Elevators will whisk visitors to the top in just one minute but the experience of visiting the attraction will take an hour. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Construction cranes work on top of One World Trade Center, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in New York. Officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are hoping that the final pieces of the spire will be installed soon, making the tower 1776 feet tall. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
One World Trade Center rises above construction of 3 World Trade Center, lower left, July 17, 2013 in New York. On the right is 7 World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, a construction worker takes in the view from the communication rings on top of One World Trade Center in New York. Thirteen years after 9/11 forever changed the New York skyline, officials say developments at the World Trade Center are on track and on budget. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
One World Trade Center, center, stands between the transportation hub, left, still under construction, and 7 World Trade Center, second from right, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in New York. Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the United States as a whole. Publishing giant Conde Nast will start moving Monday into One World Trade Center, a 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that dominates the Manhattan skyline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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