New VID of the towers / plaza at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum website:
funny thing about those animations is the DB \Tower is still under demolition after the entire site is finished.
you can see the tower crane and the half demolished building.. .
The memorial, designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, will feature two 176-by-176-foot pools, whose square shapes mimic the footprints of the Twin Towers. Water will cascade down the sides of the 30-foot-deep pools, whose walls will be inscribed with victims’ names. They will be the largest artificial waterfalls in America, officials say.
As of early September, 65 percent of the granite that lines the pools was installed, and all of the structure’s steel (8,150 tons) was in place. In addition, 75 percent of its concrete has been poured, says Joe Daniels, president of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, which will run the site. Pump rooms for the waterfalls are now being fitted, Daniels adds.
Work on the surrounding plaza also is moving along. In August, workers planted 16 of the 438 swamp white oaks planned for the site. They are being grown off-site to a height of about 30 feet and will rise an additional 50 or so feet. All of the trees will come from New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia—three places prominently affected by the September 11 attacks.
I hope they have lots of restrooms near the waterfalls!
Restrooms? Hah. Make a mad dash over to One World Trade Center. Not too mad, they might take it offensively. :p
Or there's the Memorial Pavilion. The PA can't be that cruel.;)
Won't the Trans Hub have major facilities? However, the Port Authority might not want to follow their own lead with what they offer up at the PABT on 42nd.
WTC's Remake Advances
Commitment to Open 9/11 Memorial by 2011 Sets the Course for Construction
By ANTON TROIANOVSKI And ELIOT BROWN
One year and one day from now, after years of sometimes anguishing delay and controversy, the World Trade Center memorial will be dedicated.
But then what?
While organizers are finally on track to open the memorial by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack, they haven't figured out the logistics for opening it up to the public afterward.
Challenges are manifold. The memorial, after all, is in one of the country's biggest construction sites and what was in the past a prime terrorism target. During construction, the skyscrapers and other buildings rising on three sides will pose a safety risk for the millions of visitors who are expected to visit.
A wide number of other issues also aren't resolved, from how visitors to the memorial will be screened to where the scores of tour buses will be parked. "It's a matter of figuring out, within all this heavy construction, how do you get people onto the site safely and off the site safely?" said Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in an interview. "We don't have all the answers yet."
Indeed, planners haven't even figured out exactly where visitors will enter the memorial on Sept. 12, 2011. At a news conference earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the site would be open from the western end of Ground Zero. "Every once in a while they're going to have to move a beam or something and they'll close off a part of it," Mr. Bloomberg said.
But officials at the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, declined to elaborate on exactly where on the western end of the memorial the entrance would be. There's not too much room because the busy West Side Highway runs along the western edge, although there are bridges to Battery Park City that could be used. It's also not clear where lines will form in the likely event that the memorial is as popular as planners expect.
All the other sides of the memorial are closed off by construction. To the north the office tower at 1 World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower, won't be finished until 2013, and three other office towers are planned to the east. To the south a parking and screening area is being built, and to the north a Santiago Calatrava- designed transit hub is under way with underground extensions reaching beneath the northeast corner of the memorial plaza.
The obstacles are so formidable that some officials at the Port Authority weren't sure it could be done. Under intense political pressure the agency in 2008 committed to opening the plaza surrounding two pools and waterfalls within the footprints of the World Trade Center towers on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and leaving it open to the public after that.
To hit the deadline, the authority in recent years has accelerated construction. The memorial foundation that will operate the memorial once it opens, meanwhile, hired Gene McGovern, a hard-charging, veteran New York building executive who helped oversee the renovation of the Statue of Liberty in the 1980s, as a construction consultant.
Yet the plans for opening the memorial to the public have continued to stir tensions. For instance, City Hall has had disagreements with the New York Police Department, which wants more stringent control over how visitors reach the site, according to government officials familiar with the discussions. Questions of access have become a primary issue, these officials said. Some have suggested that crowds pass through metal detectors and be subject to searches.
Spokesmen for the Police Department and Mr. Bloomberg played down tension but acknowledged discussions were under way. "All parties are concerned about how the memorial will function and handle visitor safety with ongoing construction at the site," said Paul Browne, a Police Department spokesman.
Mr. Daniels declined to comment on specific security measures being contemplated. "There's a discussion going on on how to achieve the goal of making sure our visitors are safe but still giving them the freedom of movement to pay their respects at the memorial," he said.
It also isn't clear where tour buses will park. Some have suggested parking buses in New Jersey and ferrying visitors to the memorial. But New York officials have been concerned that such a plan would divert tourists and their spending.
At his news conference earlier this week, Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged continued construction at the site would pose an issue, but said visitors will "be able to come walk the plaza, sit, contemplate, the fountains will be working, look at the names."
But some are still concerned about how the public will be able to visit while construction continues around them. "That's a huge problem," said memorial foundation board member Andrew Senchak, vice chairman of financial-services firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, which lost 67 employees in the 9/11 attacks. "It will be open—the question is, What degree of heroism will it take to get it open?"
Renderings never depict problems. Always a handful of people strolling around.
Take a look at visiting the Statue of Liberty on a fair-weather weekend, multiply it by (I don't know how) many times, and you might get a sense of what the WTC memorial experience will be like.Quote:
It's also not clear where lines will form in the likely event that the memorial is as popular as planners expect.
Questions of access have become a primary issue, these officials said. Some have suggested that crowds pass through metal detectors and be subject to searches.
An emotional day for what will be the most visited memorial in the world
Everyone has the right to feel emotions about this. Watching the reading of the names is extremely tough, especially when a relative or child of a victim reads the names then metions their loved ones and breaks down crying... I started to cry a few times watching this. But as tough as it is for me to watch, its only a reminder as to how much tougher it must be for those who have lost someone special in their lives.
This is a beautiful memorial for those who were lost. Many tears will be shed at the memorial by both people who lost loved ones and by those who only remember the day through images. Especially on this day, lets remember the people for whom this memorial is being built to honor.