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Chronology of Construction

January 1960
Development of a World Trade Center by the Port Authority recommended by the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association.

March 1961
The Port Authority issued a report recommending establishment of a world trade center.

January 1964
The World Trade Center’s architectural plan is unveiled.

August 1966
Site excavation began.

August 1968
Steel construction began.

December 1970
The first tenant moved into the North Tower.

January 1972
The first tenant moved into the South Tower.

April 1973
The World Trade Center dedicated.

June 1980
The 360-foot television mast on the North Tower that supports 10 main television antennas, many auxiliary antennas, and a master FM antenna begins transmissions.

February 26, 1993
First terrorist attack.

September 11, 2001
Collapse of the World Trade Center complex following terrorist attack.

Key Figures:

Minoru Yamasaki Associates of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Emery Roth & Sons of New York designed the World Trade Center.

Structural Engineers
Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson, New York

Foundation Engineers
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Engineering Department

Electrical Engineers
Joseph R. Loring & Associates, New York

Mechanical Engineers
Jaros, Baum and Bolles, New York

General Contractor-Agent
Tishman Realty and Construction Company, New York