CHICAGO (November 12, 2013) The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat made its decision Tuesday.
The expert committee of architects declared that New York's new World Trade Center tower will be the tallest building in the U.S. when it’s completed, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower.
The committee, which is widely recognized as the final arbiter of official building heights around the world, has been studying whether a design change means the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.
The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks will stand at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle.
It officially would have been considered 1,368 feet tall without the needle.
Willis Tower is 1,451 feet tall.