Date:  Mar 26, 2009

Press Release Number:  40


PORT AUTHORITY BOARD AWARDS LARGEST CONTRACT FOR WORLD TRADE CENTER TRANSPORTATION HUB

Steel Contract Milestone Advances Transportation Hub and Memorial

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today awarded a contract for more than 22,000 tons of steel for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub - the largest contract awarded to date for the major transportation facility.

The Board awarded a $338.8 million contract to DCM Erectors to furnish, fabricate and erect 22,305 tons of structural steel for the Transportation Hub. The steel award covers steel to build the Transportation Hub to grade, including the Transit Hall, the permanent underpinning of the No. 1 subway box and Greenwich Street, and Hub-related pedestrian connections that link it to the other commercial components of the World Trade Center. The contract award came in at the Port Authority's estimate, which is significant in that steel prices throughout the region are now eight percent higher than they were last year.

The amount of steel awarded for the Hub project is equivalent to the entire weight of the USS New York (the Navy's new amphibious transport ship), or almost twice the amount of steel used for the new Yankee Stadium.

The structural steel award is always one of the most significant milestones in any large construction project, but this award takes on even greater significance to the World Trade Center rebuilding effort as a whole because of how interconnected the Transportation Hub is to the entire site, particularly the 9/11 Memorial. For example, the steel for the Transportation Hub will form part of the floor of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. The Port Authority's October 2008 World Trade Center Assessment Report included an innovative construction solution to "build the roof of the transportation hub first," decking over the Hub to make sure the floors of the Memorial were ready in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Because part of the Transportation Hub's roof serves as part of the Memorial Plaza's floor, this solution cut an estimated two years off the complete delivery of the Memorial Plaza.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "This award is critical in meeting our commitments on the Hub and Memorial, and it's also great news for our local economy. I'm especially pleased that a significant portion of the steel will be fabricated in South Plainfield, N.J., providing jobs and economic growth for the region."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "This world-class company will help create a world-class transportation facility that will move 200,000 people every day. And with this award, we've moved one step closer to meeting our commitment to open the Memorial in time for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks."

The award of the steel contract meets one of the key World Trade Center milestones established in the October 2008 World Trade Center Assessment Report.

DCM is a multi-national firm with headquarters in New York and Canada. DCM is furnishing and erecting the steel for both One World Trade Center and Four World Trade Center. They also have fabricated steel for the New York Times building, the Bloomberg Tower and the Time Warner Center, among many other projects in the region.

Significant progress has been made to build the Transportation Hub and its related components during the past year. The signature arches designed by architect Santiago Calatrava were installed last year to form the East-West Connector, an underground passageway that will allow travelers to go between the Hub and the World Financial Center. Currently, work is underway to dig a tunnel under West Street that will complete that link.

CONTACT:
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.