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Thread: Progress of Temporary PATH Station in WTC 'Tub'

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    At Rail Hub, Bird Will Still Soar, but With a Bit Less Polish

    Published: May 8, 2008

    They have not clipped the wings of the birdlike structure that is to be the aesthetic centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub and PATH terminal, but Port Authority officials now plan to shrink it as they search for ways to keep the project within a $2.5 billion budget.

    They also plan to change some construction methods in a way that would, generally speaking, result in a slightly less refined structure.

    More substantial revisions may be needed if no contractor can be found to build the project for $2.5 billion, said Anthony J. Sartor, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and chairman of its trade center redevelopment subcommittee. Bids will be invited next month.

    In a memorandum sent on Wednesday to Anthony R. Coscia, the authority’s chairman, Mr. Sartor pledged that the hub “will be completed and functioning in 2011.”

    “Even with these potential design alterations,” Mr. Sartor said, “the hub will retain its signature ‘winged’ design, provide enhanced transportation services and substantial public space for commuters, residents and visitors alike, and serve as an essential anchor to the broader redevelopment of the World Trade Center site and Lower Manhattan.”

    Rather than seeking more money — particularly since critics say that $2.5 billion is extravagant enough for what is essentially a commuter rail station — the authority has capped the budget. Therefore, as construction costs have risen, authority officials have whittled away at elements of the original design by Santiago Calatrava, one of the world’s best known architects and engineers, and the firms of STV and DMJM Harris. Mr. Sartor said the authority had been “working collaboratively” with Mr. Calatrava.

    The process, called “value engineering,” is meant to find savings in building methods that neither compromise safety nor diminish aesthetics.

    Among other revisions already made to the project, skylights have been eliminated from the terminal’s below-ground mezzanine.

    Now, the authority plans to reduce the street-level perimeter of the transit hall by 10 to 15 percent. This is the main entrance into the hub, and its canopy is a winged, elliptical, glass-and-steel structure that Mr. Calatrava has likened to a bird taking flight.

    The authority also proposes to use standard concrete in the ceiling girders of the mezzanine rather than architectural concrete, which has a finish so smooth it can be mistaken for polished stone. Authority officials maintain that the public would have to look carefully to notice the difference.

    In a statement released by his office on Wednesday, Mr. Calatrava noted that “an architect must always be creative and flexible,” adding, “I believe that we have made the design better in many, many ways, through this exercise.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    April 1, 2008, 7:12 am

    A New Twist at the PATH Station

    By David W. Dunlap

    The new “temporary” entrance to the PATH station at the World Trade Center, facing Vesey Street, will serve commuters until 2011. This picture was taken on Monday evening, hours before its scheduled opening. (Photos: David W. Dunlap/The New York Times)

    This is the third temporary PATH terminal entrance and exit to have been constructed since 9/11. The modest structure stands on Vesey Street, at the confluence of Greenwich Street and West Broadway, opposite the 7 World Trade Center plaza.

    Like the current station and the one that was destroyed, it has an imposing bank of escalators running between the mezzanine and concourse levels. It will be in use until 2011, when the final version of the terminal, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will be completed.

    On the mezzanine level of the existing station, the route to the new Vesey Street escalators is already clear.

    What will be lost in the transition is the viewing area on the concourse of the Church Street entrance. Commuters could glimpse through this fence at the construction activity at ground zero. It was one of the best public vantages available anywhere around the site.

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company
    Last edited by brianac; May 19th, 2008 at 07:30 PM.

  3. #168


    Quote Originally Posted by brianac View Post
    In a statement released by his office on Wednesday, Mr. Calatrava noted that “an architect must always be creative and flexible,” adding, “I believe that we have made the design better in many, many ways, through this exercise.”
    Whistlin' in the dark.

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    The fact that he called it an "exercise" is bad enough.

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    Sherpa: Check your PMs on duplicate posts.

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    SEE YOU IN '16, SANTIAGO —While the Port Authority struggles to put together a new timetable for the completion of the World Trade Center, Downtown Express unearths a 2007 engineering study commissioned by a pair of Lower Manhattan agencies that claims Santiago Calatrava's (can we still even call it Santiago Calatrava's?) WTC PATH station won't be open until 2016. The Port Authority hasn't acknowledged the report, but "a source currently incolved in the rebuilding process" told DE "the dates could be even longer off." [Downtown Express; previously]

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    ^ it appears someone is not paying attention?!
    Last edited by scumonkey; August 29th, 2008 at 04:03 AM.

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    We shall all wait to see the Paterson report coming out in September. That will give us a more clearer picture on the scheduled completion dates, hopefully.

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