Date: Sep 30, 2010
Press Release Number: 66
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD AWARDS MAJOR CONTRACT TO BRING WTC VEHICLE SECURITY CENTER TO STREET LEVEL
Contract Award is 23 Percent Below Port Authority Estimates
The World Trade Center Vehicle Security Center (VSC) – the central artery for the site’s truck delivery and parking system – will be built to street level under a contract awarded today by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
The Board awarded a $45.9 million contract to W&W Steel Company of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to furnish and install the structural steel required to build the Vehicle Security Center. The cost was 23 percent below the Port Authority’s estimates for the job, and follows the award of contracts during the past year for the VSC’s south bathtub walls and excavation to bedrock, steel detailing and foundations.
The firm will furnish and install structural steel columns, beams, girders and other steel components to bring the facility from bedrock to the canopy roof level over the facility. Installation of the steel will begin in 2011 and be completed by the end of 2012. Liberty Park will be built above the southern portion of the VSC, essentially on top of the VSC’s roof.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “This state-of-the-art facility is a critical step in our rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and will ensure the safety of thousands of tenants and visitors who will be at the site every day."
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “This facility is the central underground artery that feeds the entire site, linking the office space we are building to the delivery and parking services that those buildings will rely on. It also will relieve some pressure on Lower Manhattan’s streets by providing parking spaces for the dozens of tour buses that will frequent the site each day.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “The Port Authority is committed to restoring the World Trade Center site with the highest standards of safety and security in mind, while also making judicious use of our financial resources. This contract not only achieves those objectives, but it will also ensure that we can get the towers and public spaces open and functioning as quickly as possible.”
In August, the Board authorized the construction of the $667 million Vehicle Security Center, which will be built between Liberty and Cedar streets on the southern section of the World Trade Center site. The VSC will connect to an underground road, loading dock and parking network that will serve all of the office towers within the World Trade Center site. It is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
Currently, work is under way to excavate the western portion of the VSC site. Work on the eastern half of the VSC will begin as soon as the deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street is completed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation at the end of this year.
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; 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.