Work At WTC Site Progressing WellFeb 11, 2008
Comparing work at the World Trade Center site to building five Empire State Buildings at once, the head of the Port Authority says the agency is making progress that can’t come fast enough. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci got an exclusive tour of work at the site and filed the following report.
After years of delay and false starts, work at the 16-acre World Trade Center site is finally moving full steam ahead — with simultaneous construction on the office towers, the memorial, the Freedom Tower, and the transit hub.
“The site has to be organized like a dance, almost,” said Port Authority Director Anthony Shorris.
“I’m working here today, you’re working here tomorrow, because the wall on this side may be the Freedom Tower and on that side is the memorial, so the orchestration of all those players is extremely complicated.”
Each of the towers will be built up from eight stories below ground, so the bulk of the work going on right now is excavation work. Official say it will be done soon so that site developer Larry Silverstein can begin construction on his three towers at the site in the coming weeks.
“Now it’s time to stop talking and start building,” said Shorris.
Currently, there are about 700 workers on site, and by summer, there will be nearly 2,000. Next week, the so-called “survivor staircase” will be moved off site. The plan is to bring it back, placing it at the entrance of the memorial museum.
Metal bars that hold back the slurry wall are covered by a blue protective tarp to preserve the original wall of the Trade Center bathtub. Shorris says the progress can’t happen fast enough.
“I think the challenge has really been recognizing that the pent up expectation that we all have, after five years, we finally said ‘okay, it’s done, let’s start building,'” he said. “You want it to be done, and, you can see, this doesn’t happen overnight.”
The Port Authority expects to close the temporary PATH station on Church Street and open a new one on Vesey Street sometime in April, paving the way for the permanent Calatrava terminal to be built sometime in 2011.