IIT-Based CTBUH Involved in the Re-Measuring of the Washington Monument

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) height criteria was used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to determine the true architectural height of the Washington Monument. Following conversations with CTBUH last year, the NGS has announced that the obelisk now measures 554 feet, 7 and 11/32 inches tall, nearly 10 inches shorter than its historical height of 555 feet, 5 and 1/8 inches. This information comes as a result of precise measurements taken from the lowest significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance, as directed by the height criteria set forth by the Council. Originally, historical measurements were taken from a set of brass markers that remain 10 inches below ground. Appropriately timed near Presidents Day, this update was featured in numerous media outlets around the country.

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