Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Years ago, Bridget Cox recalls living in New York City and seeing the mounds of rubble at Ground Zero which serve as a grim reminder of the one of the darkest times in American history.
But 11 years later, Cox is in Central New York, where she is helping to rebuild history on hallowed ground.
“It’s a lot of pride. JR Clancy has been in Syracuse since 1885 so we're 128 years old and we've been involved in some historic projects but the One World Trade Center is top of the list,” Cox said.
Since 2008, engineers at JR Clancy have worked countless hours to produce a beacon that will sit atop the One World Trade Center.
“We actually got to go on top of the building once and check out the infrastructure so we stood on top of the World Trade Center on the roof where not many people will have the chance to go,” Cox said.
They designed and assembled the beacon system with the help of Blair Construction Fabrication in Auburn, along with Tom Trytek at TDK Engineering in Camillus.
Monday, crews in NYC put up some of the final parts of the spire, which has 18 sections.
"The weight of this spire is roughly 4 million pounds on top of the 1,400 foot tall building, so that right there alone is impressive," said Trytek.
In just a few days, the beacon will be placed on top of the skyscraper, emitting a bright light at the top of what will soon become the highest building in the western hemisphere. It stands at 1,776 feet, which is of course the year the U.S. declared its independence.
"If you could take anything away from it, as the beacon spins around and the light fades, always remember where we were and as it approaches we can look forward to better days," said Trytek.
Cox says it's amazing that three Central New York companies are part of a piece of history that will change our nation forever.