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Construction of the Empire State Building The Empire State Building began as no more than a glimmer in the eye of John J Raskob the vice president of General Motors He dreamed to construct a building that would exceed the height of the Chrysler Building The building was to be built on the site that previously housed the twin hotel of Waldorf-Astoria The land alone cost Raskob approximately 16 million After the site was chosen work began on designs by the architectural firm of Shreve Lamb and Harmon Associates Raskob knew very little about architecture but he was certain of one thing He wanted his building to be the tallest building in the world The one notable question he asked the architects was How high can you make it so it wont fall down The blueprint they settled seemed simple There was to be a certain amount of space in the center arranged as compactly as possible containing mail chutes toilets shafts and corridors surrounded by a perimeter of office space approximately twenty eight feet deep As easy as it seemed the plans changed sixteen times during both planning and construction Planning of the worlds tallest structure turned out to be half of the challenge Who would they get to build it Raskob enlisted the services of Starrett Brothers and Eken Incorporated because they assured that they could complete construction in eighteen months None of the equipment they had was suitable for the job because it was so large and so unusual They proposed that rather than renting secondhand equipment they would purchase new tools more suitable for the job and then sell them after construction was complete They immediately after being hired the Starrett Brothers and Eken began hiring the three thousand workers from over sixty different professions On March 17 1930 work started on the outline that would in time be the Empire State Building The vertical frame
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