You may think you heard this debate before, but now it’s finally official: The One World Trade Center building in Manhattan is the tallest building in the US.

The title was under scrutiny after the designers of the tower decided against enclosing the mast on the top of the building for maintenance reasons, which left the argument open as to whether the height of the mast counted in the building’s overall height measurement.

Today, the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat released its decision, saying that the mast does count in the overall height of the building, and, when finished in January, will enter the organization’s official rankings as the tallest building in the US.

One World Trade Center officially stands at 1,776 feet tall, topping the nation’s former tallest building – The Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago.

The official height also makes it the third tallest building in the world, behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2,717 feet, and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at 1,972 feet.

The height of One World Trade Center was set purposely at 1,776 feet to honor the year of the Declaration of Independence of the US from Great Britain, a fitting remembrance at the site of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Once completed, the 2.6-million-square-foot building will include an observation deck, office space, restaurants and broadcasting facilities. Find more information on the tower here.

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  1. Greg Urbano says:

    I think it is great that the height reflects the nations birthday. It is still a somber celebration though.

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