Empire State Building

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Faith Cobb
3/4/12
2nd hour
STE
Research Paper
The Empire State Building:
The stunning Empire State Building is located on 350 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The Empire State Building has brought entertainment, excitement, money, value, and attraction to New York City. The building has intense structure and complex design, standing as the tallest buildings of its time in 1931, until it was surpassed by the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1972.The building was built by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates that were one of the very few contracting companies still afloat during the late years of the Great Depression. The excavation for the project began on January 22, 1930 and finished ahead of schedule on May 1, 1931.

The Empire State building was an interesting investment for those who invested in the project. Although creating a significant number of jobs during a time of hardship, it also brought controversy if it was worth it or not. The project employed 3,400 people at one point. The building casted 40, 948,900 dollars from start to finish, and the end product resulting in more than doubling the cost in profit. Well, the investment was not only worth it, but it has also lasted a lifetime. The Empire State Building still standing tall at the height of 1,454 feet from ground to the one hundred and second floor. The creation of the building was fast, but not far from complicated and the feeling of somewhat impossible at times.

As stated above the idea of the building itself was a gamble, yet the idea became into a full out project. The design was one of the most complex for its time and knowledge of those conducting the project. Considering that this building was the first to have more than one-hundred floors within the building. The buildings skeleton alone had 57,000 tons of steel, and when completed had seventeen million feet of telephone wire to service the building. The building had many other structural complexes such as wood, steel,...
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