Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Impossible in today's world, the construction of the tallest building in the world took only one year and 45 days and was completed under budget (primarily due to lower-than-budgeted labor costs during the Great Depression). The building, with its art deco style, however, has remained current with the times in which we live. In 2001, after undergoing extensive remodeling, the Empire State Building received a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. It is the tallest LEED-certified building in the United States.

It's been years since I have visited the observation decks on the Empire State Building, but I remember the feeling of being outside, looking out into the horizon and down onto the street, watching those scurry about below. The view and the feeling of being above the trivial problems of daily life, ensconced in the clouds with God and reaching toward heaven, stays with me. Possibly that's what the quest for the tallest building is all about, getting out of the rat race in which we live and reaching toward heaven.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.