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Thread: 130 Liberty St - Post 9/11 Demo - Deutsche Bank Building - by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

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    Seeing as how this is a hypothetical I'd say let's get rid of all three and bring back the Singer at the same time.

    But it I had too choose I'd lose the Singer (ouch, don't hit me) if it meant that the 12 Barcaly site were to be re-thought so as to maintain the view of the Woolworth and the horrid POS behind Century 21 could come down and be replace by something new and fantastic.

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    Work Begins to Take Down Damaged WTC Skyscraper

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Workers on Friday will begin removing the facade of a contaminated skyscraper that has loomed vacant above ground zero since one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed into it on Sept. 11, 2001, officials announced Thursday.

    The black shroud that has covered the former Deutsche Bank AG building will come down floor by floor as the building is dismantled from the top down, said Charles Maikish, executive director of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center.

    Final permits were issued Thursday by the city Department of Buildings to begin long-delayed deconstruction of the 41-story tower, which has stood south of the trade center site for more than five years holding toxic trade center dust and bone fragments from Sept. 11 victims.

    "This is a very positive action on a very difficult job,'' Maikish said.

    On Friday, workers will begin removing the glass windows and metal column covers that make up the facade of the building's top four floors. After that, the steel and concrete skeleton of those floors will come down.

    "The first thing that comes off is the skin,'' Maikish said.

    He said the building will be removed from the landscape in a year, creating space that is planned for one of five new towers at ground zero and a rebuilt Greek Orthodox church.

    The building has stood as a symbol of inaction at the 16-acre trade center site and has angered residents who wanted it removed and feared that dust within it would endanger their health.

    A protracted battle began over who should pay to take down the building after the trade center's south tower tore a 15-story gash in it on Sept. 11, leaving it contaminated with asbestos, trade center debris, lead and mercury.

    The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. rebuilding agency bought the building in 2004 and began cleaning it a year later after environmental agencies approved a plan.

    Workers began discovering the bones of Sept. 11 victims on the roof of the building and have found more than 760 bones in a search for remains that continues on the lower floors.
    (TM & 2006 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO & EYE Logo TM & 2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report. In the interest of timeliness, this story is fed directly from the newswire and may contain occasional typographical errors.

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    On want to be sensitive to all those BPC and Lower Manhattan resdents downtown, but this thing need to be demolished quickly and with finality. I'm not entirely sure what is more dangerous keeping a toxic building standing through rain, wind, and snow and sending carcinigens into the air over a long period of time or doing a TNT-activated implosion that send the dust out for a day and then gets carted away. Neither way is a winner, but I think faster is better than slow and tedious.

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    The building is sealed. Interior toxic abatement is performed first, and as that process moves downward from the top floor, the exterior components are dismantled.

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    Is this a 52 story tower, i cant remeber? basically with schedule they will take down one floor per week if its 52-floors, which is not that bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by kliq6 View Post

    ...they will take down one floor per week if its 52-floors, which is not that bad
    I used to have a 3-story concrete & steel garage across the street -- it took them 3+ MONTHS to take that sucker down ...

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    Concrete takes longer to take down, probably for safety reasons, but i wouldn't be surprised if its more like 2 weeks per floor.

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    Well, the guys doing that garage job must have been idiots then -- 'cuz they were jack hammering for the whole dang summer ...

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    Many WTC skyscraper workers stop work in contract dispute

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    Most of the workers cleaning up and taking down a vacant, damaged skyscraper near the World Trade Center site walked off the job this week in a contract dispute, one day after the long-awaited dismantling of the building began, officials overseeing the project said.

    Some of the John Galt Co. employees left work at the former Deutsche Bank AG building at noon on Monday, said Kori-Ann Taylor, spokeswoman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the rebuilding agency that owns the building.

    The workers had been cleaning toxic materials from the 41-story building's lower floors and helping to remove the metal and glass facade on the top floors.

    The facade work began last Friday. The deconstruction of the building, damaged when one of the twin towers collapsed into it on Sept. 11, 2001, has been delayed by court battles over who would pay for it, the presence of trade center dust and other toxins, and the ongoing recovery of human bones.

    "We are not continuing negotiations until all the workers are back on the job," said Taylor.

    But Mary Costello, a spokeswoman for Bovis Lend Lease LMB Inc., said Wednesday that the Bovis team managing the job remained at the building and said 15 to 20 Galt workers have remained at the building since Monday.

    "The job has not been shut down," Costello said. She said negotiations were under way with the LMDC "to try to resolve open issues concerning claims for additional compensation for extra work."

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    I can just see it now, 2030 and this building is still standing.

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    Bank tower work's halted in pay dispute

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    By PAUL D. COLFORD and GREG B. SMITH
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    December 13, 2006

    The company hired to demolish the former Deutsche Bank tower at Ground Zero walked off the job this week after demanding its $33 million contract be nearly doubled, the Daily News has learned.

    The job shutdown by subcontractor John Galt Co., which began Monday and continued yesterday, is yet another hitch in the long-delayed removal of the tower.

    Officials fear the move could have a domino effect and slow rebuilding at the site.

    Galt is claiming it greatly underestimated the cost of the job, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The 40-story tower at 130 Liberty St. was badly damaged on 9/11 and is contaminated with toxic dust.

    In the past two weeks, Galt and the job's prime contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, have been trying to get millions more to tear down the building by fall of next year as scheduled, the sources said.

    Yesterday, for the first time, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. acknowledged it was discussing amending the contract but declined to discuss dollar figures.

    The sources said Bovis, acting on behalf of Galt, has asked for $30 million more than the $33 million contract for the demolition work. The LMDC already spent $90 million to buy the ruined building from Deutsche Bank in 2004.

    In response to an inquiry by The News, the LMDC called the walkoff a "work stoppage" that was "impairing progress at the 130 Liberty site which is essential to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site."

    "We expect Bovis and its subcontractor to live by its contractual obligations and to resume work immediately," the LMDC statement concluded.

    The state said it "anticipated" Galt would return to work today. Greg Blinns, a Galt owner, did not return calls seeking comment.

    Bovis spokeswoman Mary Costello said, "Negotiations are ongoing with the LMDC, the subcontractor and its bonding company to try to resolve open issues concerning claims for additional compensation for extra work."

    It's not clear what effect the walkoff will have on other Ground Zero construction, but at least one official familiar with the Ground Zero rebuilding effort was worried yesterday. "It's not just about this building. It's about the development of the whole site," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "If it's not down on a timely basis, it will impact [the building of] Towers 2, 3 and 4."

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    Crews Resume Demolition Work
    On Deutsche Bank Building

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    A company hired to tear down the contaminated Deutsche Bank building returned to work on the site today after walking off the job Monday.

    The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation calls the job action by subcontractor John Galt Company, a "minor work stoppage." The agency says it was in contract negotiations with contractor Bovis Lend Lease when Galt workers walked off the job.

    Demolition on the 40 story tower began last Thursday.

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    phew. Now we can go back to charting the glacial pace of the deconstruction.

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    Id want more money to, God knows what they will find when they actually start looking, what many dont know is most of this tower, including elevator shafts, mechancial space and about 20 plus floors have never been searched

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