Press Release Article


Date: Jul 23, 2009
Press Release Number: 92-2009

The Port Authority took two significant actions today to expedite construction on the east side of the World Trade Center site, including work to clear the way for complete turnover of the sites for Towers 2 and 3, ending the Port Authority’s obligation to pay $300,000 a day in liquidated damages to Silverstein Properties. (The Port Authority turned over the site for Tower 4 in March of this year).

First, the agency announced that E.E. Cruz & Co./Nicholson Construction Co. LLC of Holmdel, N.J. will relocate a portion of a wooden retaining wall adjacent to the Tower 3 site, which will allow Silverstein Properties to accept final turnover of all of the sites for its office towers. The retaining wall was built to hold up the No. 1 subway box to allow for uninterrupted service while excavation work progresses beneath it. The work will be completed in the next four to eight weeks.

In addition, the contractor also will build a temporary concrete wall that bisects the Vehicle Security Center site to allow for excavation to begin on the VSC’s foundation while the 130 Liberty Street building is being deconstructed. This construction solution is necessary to mitigate potential delays of the VSC due to the ongoing delays on the abatement and deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street, which is being supervised by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Construction of the wall is scheduled to begin in September, and the wall will be removed by October 2010.

Second, after an intense competitive bidding process, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners authorized an agreement with Tishman/Turner, a joint venture of Turner Construction Company and Tishman Corporation of New York, to provide construction management support services for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub at an estimated cost of $105 million. The firm will replace the services that previously were provided by Phoenix Constructors, which had been the construction manager and general contractor for the Hub project. The agreement came in approximately $10 million below engineering estimates.

In April, the Port Authority modified its contract with Phoenix to allow the agency to bid out all future contracts to take advantage of a highly competitive market. The change was made to ensure that the project remains on budget and on schedule.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We continue to explore innovative ways to keep all of the site’s projects moving forward and on budget. This construction management agreement carries out this strategy by providing critical support services for the Hub project for the next five years, which will help us meet the schedules and budgets that we’ve set.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “We are taking aggressive action to end our site turnover obligations to Silverstein Properties. We are also proud to have on board a world-class construction management team in Turner and Tishman to ensure the WTC Hub remains on schedule and on budget.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or 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 Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project.

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