The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center replaces a church, built in 1916, destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The new church, which is located at the eastern end of Liberty Park, includes a meditation/bereavement space and a community center for visitors.
We are providing structural design, façade engineering, and blast design services to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers for the facility, which was consecrated in July 2022.
- The structure is composed mainly of reinforced concrete and features an exposed structural steel dome over the nave, which consists of 40 separate ribs that cover a span of 55 feet. A concrete drum at the main roof level supports this expansive dome.
- The church sits atop below-grade service areas for the adjacent World Trade Center complex. A thick concrete transfer slab under the church’s structure distributes the loads down to the column grid, leaving the service areas undisturbed.
- The dome and drum form a double-skin façade, composed of thin panels of white translucent marble encased in laminated glass. The outermost layer functions as a glowing translucent rainscreen system, which will be lit from within the rainscreen cavity at night. The inner layer will serve as a weather barrier and allows light to diffuse from the interstitial and exterior spaces into the interior areas.
- Our façade engineers used advanced computational modeling to rationalize the dome and vault panelization, which allowed for use of an economic façade system with flat glass and stone panels in unitized aluminum frames.