FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Premieres Wednesdays, February 5-26 at 9:00p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- New four-part series explores the creation of four buildings that will change how we live, work and protect ourselves -
As urban space shrinks, we build higher and faster than ever before, creating a new
generation of skyscrapers. Super skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology and
design to become greener, stronger, smarter and more luxurious than their predecessors.
Super Skyscrapers, a new four-part series airing Wednesdays, February 5-27 from
9-10:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1, follows the creation of four extraordinary buildings, showcasing
how they will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats.
One World Trade Center – Feb. 5, 9-10 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is
engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year
of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.
For head of construction Steve Plate, as well as scientists, engineers, ironworkers and curtain wall
installers, this is a construction job suffused with the history of the site and a sense of duty to
rebuild from the ashes of Ground Zero.
Building the Future – Feb. 12, 9-10 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde
architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the
City of London and the most innovative. The teams behind the Leadenhall project had to radically
rethink every aspect of the traditional building model. This program follows the monumental challenges
that come with erecting this super skyscraper: it will be constructed off-site, delivered to location,
and stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.
The Vertical City – Feb. 19, 9-10 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1
Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper, it’s a vertical city — a collection of businesses, services
and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a
football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks,
looking up through 12 stories of clear space. Not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top
of each other, all the way to the 120th floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai’s
skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China’s economic success and the ambitions of
the city’s wealthy elite.
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program
Director, at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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