Date: Oct 21, 2010
Press Release Number: 74-2010
Board Told Transportation Hub Work Will Intensify This Fall With Installation of Santiago-Calatrava Designed Arches
Major construction progress is being made to build the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, which will serve 250,000 people daily, including preparations to install massive Santiago Calatrava-designed arches to form the roof of the Hub’s mezzanine level and the floor for the 9/11 Memorial.
At its monthly meeting today, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners were given an update on the WTC Transportation Hub, which expects to hit several construction milestones in the upcoming weeks.
The commissioners were told that the massive arches and steel that will support the PATH Station roof – including some as large as 80 tons – will be installed beginning in December. These steel members are being manufactured and fabricated in various locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Canada and Spain.
More than a dozen smaller Calatrava arches – known as “backspans” – have already been installed to form the southern portion of the PATH mezzanine’s roof and, in turn, the floor of the Memorial’s Pavilion, which will serve as the public’s entrance to the Memorial’s underground museum. As a result of the Hub’s progress, the Memorial Pavilion’s steel has been erected to 80 percent completion, ahead of schedule.
Next month, work will begin to build foundations for the Transportation Hall and Oculus, the most visible part of the Hub. The roof of the Oculus will start to be installed after the Hub’s main concourse reaches street level in 2012.
The Hub work is following a top-down construction method to literally “build the roof first” of the Hub in order to ensure that the Memorial Plaza is open by the 10th anniversary. This involves building the roof of the Hub first because it serves as the floor for the Memorial. The top-down design was developed during the Port Authority’s 2008 Assessment to prioritize the completion of the 9/11 Memorial. The construction is being done around the existing PATH Station to allow around-the-clock service to continue.
At today’s meeting, the Board awarded two Hub construction contracts for miscellaneous metals and hoisting and scaffolding equipment.
When complete, the WTC Transportation Hub will represent the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in all of New York City, seamlessly linking the public to PATH service, 13 different subway lines, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, Fulton Street Transit Center, the World Financial Center and all of the new office and world-class retail space at the WTC site.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “With the award of more than $1 billion in contracts for the Hub so far, we're well on the way to building this transportation facility that will transform Lower Manhattan.”
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “The Hub is taking shape every day, continuing the momentum of construction throughout the 16-acre site. The Hub’s top-down construction design will help ensure the Memorial opens on the 10th anniversary, which remains the Port Authority’s highest priority.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “The progress we’re making is exciting news for the more than 200,000 travelers who will benefit from the seamless connections this facility will provide once it’s complete.”
In addition to the WTC Transportation Hub, significant progress is being made on all of the World Trade Center projects.
One World Trade Center has risen to the 44th floor and climbing one floor every week.
The 9/11 Memorial’s North and South pools are now fully formed and more than 50,000 cubic feet of soil has been placed with 35 trees already planted.
On the east side of the site, 4 World Trade Center is rising rapidly above street level and the foundation work for Towers 2 and 3 are now well underway, as Silverstein Properties and the Port Authority continue making progress since coming to a financial agreement on the full restoration of the east side of the site.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.