World Trade Center Pictures, April 25, 2000
 101st Floor of 2 World Trade, Aon Consulting (we had floors 99 to 110 in building 2.)

 

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Great view from my 101st floor office looking South over the whole bay and past the Verrazano Bridge out to the Atlantic. This is a view not to be seen again, I am afraid.
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I commuted 5 hours a day from Philadelphia to the 101st of World Trade Center 2 (South tower). I got up at 3am, drove 45 miles to Trenton, NJ, took the Amtrak express to Newark Station, then took the Path train under the Hudson River to the deep basement of the World Trade Center Plaza. Aon Consulting paid us more to work in the WTC, it was called combat pay. The head of security kept telling us 'our basement is secure, they can only get us by air now.' There was no one that did not know the airplanes were coming one day.
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Another view from the Amtrak train.
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Another view from the Amtrak train.
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Most of my commute was in the dark of night.
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The Path train station.
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The Path train station.
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Inside the Path train.
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View from the Amtrak train looking towards New York City. Notice the twin towers on the horizon.
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Inside the Path train.
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View from the three story escalators that led up from the basement to the World Trade Center lobbies. People walked up the escalators like it was a race. In Atlanta, people just stand on escalators, but in the vibrancy only New York, do people race up escalators.
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View from the escalators that led up to the World Trade Centers.
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View of an office on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center. The gentleman with his back to the picture died on 9/11. The gentleman facing the picture survived.
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Great view from my 101st floor office looking South over the whole bay and past the Verrazano Bridge out to the Atlantic. This is a view not to be seen again, I am afraid.
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View South from my office on the 101st Floor of the World Trade Center 2.
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View West from the 101st floor.
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View North from the 101st floor.
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View North from the 101st floor.
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For those with an engineering background, the World Trade Centers were the first and last of a kind of architecture called tube design. The idea is that the building is built like a tube, with the skin being the only load barring structure. In this picture, you can see the size and close distance the huge steel beams. That was the only thing holding up the building. The inside floors hung inside on the outside walls, and the vertical height also bore down on the columns. The steel beams that they used were three beams wide by two stories tall. Staggered the beams were bolted together by huge bolts, screw thread. This give allowed the building to sway 5 feet in heavy winds to dampen the energy. When the planes hit the skin, only one side needed to be breached to set off sheer collapse, each two story beam sheering the bolts. What we don't know and remains a mystery, was that they took that long to fall. The interior elevators, were only frame steel in a center column to the 78 floor. From there up hung on the outside walls. There was only two sheet's of 3/4 drywall, between the elevator core, and the floors. There was no way to get 79-110 evacuated, so they just did not sound the alarms that high. The World Trade Centers were the absolute cheapest possible way to ever build a building. It was never done after it was built. The evil Bin Laden knew of the cheap ass buildings as he tried to take out the bottom two corners in the 1993 blast. Then in 2001, he hit at the sky lobby at 78, the most vulnerable as to engineering and trapping people.
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View East from the 101st floor.
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A colleague from his office on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center 2. He was not there on 9/11.