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.

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