Throughout the nation and around the world, people and communities commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with ceremonies, speeches and remembrances. Today, The Elevator Speech has compiled some recent news articles about how the event changed our nation and the commercial real estate industry:
A decade since 9/11, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Chicago’s Willis Tower, begins to shed terrorism fears. Although leasing plunged nearly 20 percent after Sept. 11, brokers have noticed a change in prospective tenants’ attitudes toward the building.
- Shortly after 9/11, the Sears Tower (now renamed The Willis Tower) was viewed as the next target. Security has significantly improved, as BOMA/Chicago’s Michael Cornicelli explained to the Chicago Sun-Times.
- BOMA International commemorated the tenth anniversary of 9/11 by remembering emergency response teams that answered the call of duty that day and reflecting on emergency preparedness advancements during the past decade.
- Architects and city planners’ roles have been greatly affected by 9/11. Architects are using advances in construction materials and new building designs to make skyscrapers safer and more likely to withstand an attack.
- The September 11 memorial opened to the public on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. In a speech earlier that week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged New Yorkers “to remember not only the day that time stood still, but the decade we have spent recovering, rebuilding and renewing.”
BOMA/Chicago remembers the lives lost on September 11, 2011, and is dedicated to advancing security technologies and procedures to ensure a safer office building industry for all. What 9/11 news stories particularly resonated with you?