Press Release Article


Date: Apr 30, 2012
Press Release Number: 60-2012

Installation of steel columns will make tower the tallest building in New York

On Monday, April 30, 2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Port Authority will mark a major milestone in the construction of One World Trade Center with the installation of steel columns that will make the skyscraper the tallest building in New York. When the columns are put in place, the building will officially surpass the height of the Empire State Building, which currently is the tallest structure in New York City.

Scott Rechler, Port Authority Vice Chair
Pat Foye, Port Authority Executive Director
Bill Baroni, Port Authority Deputy Executive Director
Dan Tishman, Tishman Construction Chair
Jody Durst, Durst Organization President

Press conference to mark the milestone of One World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in New York

Monday, April 30, 2012
2:00 p.m.

Media check-in will begin at 12:30 p.m. Any media arriving after 1:15 p.m. will NOT be allowed onto the site, no exceptions. Access to the site is an involved process and will require extra time to navigate the construction site. Media must have press credentials to be allowed on the site.

Media must wear proper footwear. NO high-heel or open-toed shoes. MUST wear sturdy footwear, ideally work boots. No shorts or skirts, all must wear long pants. Safety gear (hard hat, safety vest, and protective eye wear) will be provided at check-in and MUST be worn. ANYONE not dressed properly will not be allowed access to the site.

One World Trade Center, 71st Floor
Media will check-in adjacent to the PATH entrance on West Broadway and Vesey Street.
After safety gear is distributed media will be escorted to the 71st floor by Port Authority staff. A media pool has been established to cover the installation of the steel columns on the tower’s top floor. Video monitors on the 71st floor will provide feed of the installation of the steel columns being lowered into place. In addition, the media pool will cover the press conference for those outlets that are unable to attend.

ABC News will be the Transmission POOL for the events at One World Trade Center. For any questions regarding the feed please contact ABC’s the NAC (News Acquisition Center) 212-456-1700. The POOL feeds will be available in HD only.

The following are the Satellite Coordinates for each event:

BEAM PLACEMENT EVENT (pool feed only)
Satellite Uplink Available from 1:30pm (Eastern Time) -3:30pm (Eastern Time) - Extendable:
Path 1/Beam Placement – Galaxy 17/ K12 L1
Downlink: 11931 V
Data: 19.886000
FEC: 3Ž4
Symbol: 14.385617

PRESS CONFERENCE EVENT (pool feed available)
Satellite Uplink Available from 2:15pm (Eastern Time) - 3:30pm (Eastern Time) - Extendable:
Path 2/Port Authority Press Conference – Galaxy 17/ K12 L2
Downlink: 11949 V
Data: 19.886000
FEC: 3Ž4
Symbol: 14.385617

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Ron Marsico, 212-435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, 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; the Port Authority-Port Jersey 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.

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