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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES FIRST MAJOR CONTRACTS FOR ICONIC SANTIAGO CALATRAVA TRANSIT HALL/OCULUS

Date: Jun 22, 2010
Press Release Number: 38-2010

Separate Board Action Also Will Allow Construction to Continue On Performing Arts Center Foundations and Infrastructure

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the first major construction contracts - totaling more than $100 million - for the iconic Santiago Calatrava-designed Transit Hall and Oculus portions of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.

In the first Transportation Hub action, the Board approved an $86.6 million contract with Sorbara Construction Corporation to furnish and install all concrete for floor slabs, beams and walls to bring the Transit Hall/Oculus area to street level.

The Board also approved a $19.2 million contract with EIC Associates Inc., to build the foundations for the Transit Hall/Oculus area, including the installation of rock anchors, concrete footings and a concrete floor slab.

In a separate World Trade Center action, the Board approved a reimbursement agreement with the City of New York under which the City will reimburse the Port Authority up to $44.02 million for its costs to build below-ground foundations and infrastructure for the future Performing Arts Center, which is now in full swing.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “With today’s Board actions, we’ve awarded more than $1 billion in contracts for the Transportation Hub.  Once completed, this landmark facility will serve more than 200,000 daily commuters, anchoring the World Trade Center site and a revitalized Lower Manhattan.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “Today’s contract awards continue the momentum of construction on the site, and ensure that visible progress is under way on all 16 acres.”

To date, workers have installed 54 Calatrava-designed arches to form the Hub Connector, which links the Hub and the World Financial Center via an underground passageway.  The Hub work also has included:


  • The installation of four massive permanent Calatrava columns weighing about 55 tons that will provide structural support for the PATH Hall roof.  The Calatrava steel is currently in fabrication with critical sections being shipped over the next two months;

  • The substantial completion of the excavation and minipile installation of the eastern half of the Route 9A underpass that will link the Hub to the World Financial Center.  On the western half, Brookfield Properties has begun both excavation and caisson installation;

  • The continued excavation work in the underpass areas north and south of the No. 1 subway box that will support the passageway from the Hub’s mezzanine to the concourse level;

  • The erection of several large precast ductwork sections for the permanent PATH Station’s mezzanine level.

Earlier this year, the Board awarded a $542 million contract to Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc./Granite Construction Northeast Inc./Skanska USA Building Inc. for construction of the PATH Hall in the World Trade Center site’s west bathtub.  Previously, the Board awarded a $338.8 million contract to DCM Erectors to furnish, fabricate and erect more than 22,000 tons of structural steel for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.


  • The following World Trade Center actions also were authorized by the Board today:

  • Assignment of a Memorial Foundation trade contract with Island Diversified Inc., for the fabrication and installation of all west vent structure panels for the World Trade Center Memorial, Memorial Museum and World Trade Center infrastructure projects.

  • Phase 2 of the World Trade Center retail project for core and shell design and construction in portions of the WTC Transportation Hub.

  • A project for the implementation of pre-tenant fit-out work for portions of the World Trade Center retail within the east bathtub.

  • The acceptance of a partial assignment of Phoenix Constructors’ lease obligations with Trinity Centre LLC for approximately 29,575 square feet of office space at 115 Broadway.

CONTACT:   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


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