Originally commissioned by U.S. Steel, over thirty specialists researched the project for a year before the best of technology was incorporated into the design of the 54-story tower. Completed in 1972, One Liberty Plaza was situated on the periphery of the city’s growing financial district. Today it is at the heart of business and commerce.
One Liberty Plaza was substantially renovated in 1989 and given a new lobby, plaza, and state-of-the-art elevators and building systems. With 2.1 million square feet of gross floor area, One Liberty Plaza offers nearly an acre of space on each column-free floor. The center core allows for light and openness around the entire periphery and maximum flexibility in tenant layouts. Since its completion, continued upgrading has maintained the building’s amenities from security to computers to telecommunications. One Liberty Plaza is a world-class office tower that has continually evolved to respond to the comfort and technological requirements of its tenants.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the park was used as an emergency staging area for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) and the DDC (New York City Dept of Design & Construction) for the World Trade Center recovery effort.
Following the events of September 11th, Brookfield worked diligently to repair and prepare the building for tenant re-entry, which occurred just 6 weeks later on October 25, 2001. The building sustained only minor cosmetic damage, due primarily to broken windows and the influx of dust, debris and ash. No structural damage was incurred. In preparing the building for tenant re-entry, 650 windows were replaced, air and water quality was tested, and a thorough cleaning performed. Testing continues on a frequent basis to ensure the safety of the tenants.
In 2007, adjacent Zuccotti Park won the Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. For more information and photos visit the Cooper, Robertson & Partners awards page.
Zuccotti Park Renovation
In July 2005, Brookfield Properties began construction to renovate Zuccotti Park, then called Liberty Plaza Park, directly adjacent to One Liberty Plaza, and facing Ground Zero at the NW corner.
The park was re-opened on June 1, 2006 in a ceremony attended by New York Governor George E. Pataki and New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding Daniel L. Doctoroff. The park has been re-named ZuccottiPark for John E. Zuccotti, the U.S. Chairman of Brookfield Properties, the Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, former First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York and former Chairman of the City Planning Commission.
"The revitalization of this park adjacent to theWorld Trade Center site is another symbol of the rebirth of downtown," said Governor George E. Pataki. "The park has been re-imagined as an urban oasis and just like the newLower Manhattan, it too will be vibrant day and night with 500 twinkling lights making the park a welcoming space for workers, residents and visitors. It is fitting that today we re-name the park after John Zuccotti, a man with a long-demonstrated commitment to public service and a great supporter of Lower Manhattan and New York City," said Governor Pataki.
"Zuccotti Park will most certainly become one of Lower Manhattan's treasured public spaces," said Deputy Mayor Doctoroff. "As Mayor Bloomberg outlined in his vision forLower Manhattan, we must continue to build a 24/7 downtown community and today's opening is another wonderful indicator that we are on track."
The park now features a pink granite ground cover, tables and seating, 500 in-ground lights and a grove of 54 honey locust trees. Designed by Cooper Robertson Associates, the renovated park is laid out on a diagonal from northwest to southeast to accommodate the heavy pedestrian traffic traversing the park.
Two significant works of art have been placed in opposite corners of the park. Mark di Suvero's "Joie de Vivre," a 70' work of steel painted red, stands at the southeast corner on Broadway. It is di Suvero's first permanent piece in New York City, a gift of Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museumof Modern Art.
"Double Check" by J. Seward Johnson, a bronze cast of a man with a briefcase, sat in the original Liberty Plaza Park for 20 years and served as a symbol of survival in the aftermath of September 11th. The piece now rests on a granite bench beneath a grand Londonplane tree, facing theTrade Center site at the park's northeast corner.