Westfield World Trade Center
Serving over 250,000 daily commuters and visitors that pass through the World Trade Center transportation hub, the Westfield World Trade Center shopping mall totals 365,000 sf of retail space in over 100 stores across Tower 4, Tower 3 and Santiago Calatrava’s notorious 800,000-sf “Oculus” building, with more space to be added once Tower 2 begins construction.
In addition to leading the structural design of 4 World Trade Center itself, LERA provided structural engineering services for a number of Westfield’s retail outfits, including the 40,000-sf Eataly, a sprawling, all-in-one Italian market and restaurant located above the 4 WTC lobby; the new multi-level Banana Republic, for which LERA designed an architecturally exposed steel stair; and new flagship stores for H&M and Victoria’s Secret.
With the tower completed well in advance of Westfield’s completion, much of the construction had to be phased while the building was occupied, and performed directly adjacent to the active tower lobby. Tower 4 also provides a direct, continuous underground connection to the Oculus.