NOVA
Ground Zero Supertower
NOVA returns to Ground Zero to witness the final chapter in an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit: the completion of One World Trade Center, the skyscraper rising 104 stories and 1,776 feet from the site where the Twin Towers once stood. In this update of NOVA’s Emmy-nominated special “Engineering Ground Zero,” which featured extraordinary behind-the-scenes access to the struggles of the engineers and architects working at 1 WTC and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NOVA goes inside the construction of the new tower’s final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon. But 1 WTC isn’t the only engineering marvel taking shape here: NOVA goes underground to see the construction of a multi-billion-dollar museum that will house artifacts from 9/11. As construction was going full speed and the tower was rising to its near-final height, a new threat emerged: this time, from nature. As the historic superstorm Sandy bore down on New York, many feared that the still-incomplete structures would be especially vulnerable to the storm’s wrath. NOVA reveals the engineering story behind their remarkable resilience to nature’s worst blows. The greatest test is still to come, though: Will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?
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