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The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, which is located in Arlington County, Virginia. The Pentagon is an image and symbol of the United States military. To specify the U.S. Department of Defense, the Pentagon is regularly used metonymically.
George Bergstrom (1876–1955), an American Architect, designed the Pentagon. It was built by general contractor Mr. John McShain from Philadelphia. On September 11, 1941, the ground was broken for the construction. On January 15, 1943, the building was dedicated.
The Pentagon is considered to be one of the world’s largest office buildings ever built, with approximately 6,500,000 sqft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sqft (340,000 m2) are occupied as offices. Around 23,000 military and civilian employees and roughly 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in Pentagon. The Pentagon has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors every floor with a total of 17.5 mi (28.2 km) of corridors. The Pentagon consists of a five-acre (20,000 m2) central plaza, which shaped is like a pentagon unofficially and informally acknowledged as ground zero, a nickname coming from the Cold War on the assumption and belief that it would be targeted by the Soviet Union during the outbreak of nuclear war.
Exactly 60 years after the beginning of the building’s construction, dated September 11, 2001, a team of five al-Qaeda connected and affiliated hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 77, en route from Washington Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, and consciously and purposely crashed the Boeing 757 airplane into the western side of the building at around 9:37 am as part of the terrorism attack on September 11.59 civilians and the five terrorists and assassin on the airliner were killed, 70 civilians and 55 military personnel were inside the building. The brunt and the impact of the plane seriously run down the structure of the building and caused partial collapse. During the time of the attack of terrorism, the Pentagon was still under renovation and many offices were still vacant and unused, which results in fewer casualties. Out of 4,500 people, only 800 of them were present in the area because of their work. Furthermore, the area hit, on the other side of the Heliport facade, was the section best prepared for any terrorist attack.
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