View Poll Results: Construction is underway, how do you feel about the final design for the WTC site?

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  • I am more than satisfied; I believe that the final design surpasses that of the original World Trade Center. 10/10

    50 26.04%
  • While nothing may ever live up to the Twin Towers, I am wholly satisfied with the new World Trade Center; it is a new symbol for a new era. 7/10

    55 28.65%
  • I have come to terms with the new World Trade Center; although it has a number of flaws, I find the design to be acceptable. 5/10

    48 25.00%
  • I am wholly disappointed with the New World Trade Center; we will live to regret the final design. 0/10

    22 11.46%
  • I am biased, but honest, and hate anything that is not a reincarnation of the original Twin Towers.

    17 8.85%
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Thread: World Trade Center Developments

  1. #6016


    The sidewalk on the west side of Greenwich St opposite the oculus is almost done.

    I'm not sure why; it doesn't go anywhere. Maybe additional waiting area for the museum.

  2. #6017


    ^^ and no trees either.

  3. #6018
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    The sidewalk on the west side of Greenwich St opposite the oculus is almost done.

    I'm not sure why; it doesn't go anywhere. Maybe additional waiting area for the museum.
    They might just be working on whatever pieces of the memorial plaza they have left that aren't obstructed by the trailers. Looks like they left out a small area on the corner to get stuff in and out of there.

  4. #6019


    Maybe they will move the trailers forward onto that area, then finish the section where the trailers are now and open it up.

  5. #6020


    Maybe, but I don't think so if they put down pavers. Can't tell if that's been done from earthcam. Also, there have been discussions within the CB about opening up Greenwich St to Vesey to relieve the crowding on Liberty St, especiall now since Cortlandt has been closed again for crane assembly on tower 3. The PA doesn't want to do that.

    On another note: The retail bays along the eat-west connector have been opened up, and some glass storefront installed.

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    The current PATH station closes sometime in Q4 of this year, and the entrances to PATH will be at the southeast corner of T4 (the retail lobby), the middle north portion of the stump of T2 (on Vesey St), and eventually the lobby of 1WTC. When the temporary station is dismantled, they'll still have to build that portion of Greenwich St and finish the remaining portion between T4 and Vesey, as well as finish building the VSC ramps to T1 where the current station sits. Still a decent amount of work to do.

    I would think all of Greenwich and Fulton will be open to pedestrians when the oculus opens in 2015.

  7. #6022


    The video quality is *not* as shoddy as the front image indicates; for some reason, YouTube occasionally pixelates front images

  8. #6023


    Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting Rafael Viñoly at the opening of his new Darla Moore School of Business (pictured below) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, my hometown.

    I took the opportunity to compliment him on the THINK Team's World Trade Center master plan proposal. With faux exasperation, he responded: "And look what they've done with it since!"

    Hearty laughter ensued all around.

  9. #6024


    History Films
    September 11, 2014

    Rebuilding the World Trade Center (Complete Film)

    REBUILDING is the epic story of hope that is emerging from rubble and chaos of 9/11. Since 2006 artist and film maker Marcus Robinson has spent over 2000 days filming the vast new towers rising out of the bedrock of New York City. Using a combination of observational documentary and breath taking time lapse photography this dramatic and stylish film is an artist’s tribute to the tenacity of New York’s construction workers and the spirit of renewal and endeavour that permeates this unique project construction site.

    MARCUS ROBINSON (Director)

    Marcus Robinson is an artist and filmmaker specializing in urban transformation and architecture. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1982 with a degree in Modern Languages. Since then his work has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world including at the Carrousel du Louve in Paris and the London Film Festival.

    Marcus was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His father was a builder and as a child he spent many afternoons in the construction depot fascinated with the process of building and design. This inspiration has contributed to his career covering modern architecture and major construction and demolition projects around the world spanning more than thirty years.

    His art is created using a wide range of media including photography, film, music and painting. Numerous books of his work have been published including Eye (Black Dog Publishing 2007), Home (Home Office Consortium 2006) and Les Miroirs du Temps (Hazan 1992) and he has contributed many special time-lapse sequences and stills for various films including Millions (Danny Boyle, 2004) and Wonderland (Revolution Films 1999). His film The Millennium Wheel was screened at the London Film Festival and on Channel Four on the eve of the new Millennium.

    REBUILDING is Marcus Robinson’s current project. This is an art collection and theatrical documentary film bearing witness to and taking inspiration from the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York.

    © 2014, A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

  10. #6025


    Thanks for posting Bigmac. Commercials

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  12. #6027


    New York Daily News
    November 4, 2014

    EXCLUSIVE: World Trade Center contractors repeatedly covered up dangerous conditions — sometimes cleaning up possible evidence

    As the Daily News reported Sunday, dozens of serious accidents at the WTC site weren’t reported at all. But even when the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was told, investigators ran into roadblocks as they tried to figure out what led to the life-altering injuries.


    The morning of Nov. 7, 2011, Brooklyn laborer Nick Giovinco fell 18 feet off a scaffold inside 3 World Trade Center, plummeting to the concrete.

    His employer, Sorbara Construction Corp., blamed him, writing in an accident report, “Nick was climbing up the inside of shoring when he lost his grip and fell.”

    But records tell a different tale: Multiple witnesses said the tower was shaky, it wasn’t braced, and there was no ladder as required. Workers said it tipped just as the worker got to the top.

    Giovinco — who suffered two fractured ribs and four lower lumbar fractures, and required six staples in his back and head — sued the Port Authority and general contractor Tishman Construction. The suit is pending.

    Federal regulators ultimately cited Sorbara, of Lynbrook, L.I., for a lack of a ladder and issued a $7,000 fine. Sorbara settled for $5,000.

    Giovinco’s ordeal was one of several cases during the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in which contractors tried to minimize or just plain cover up dangerous job conditions that led to serious injuries.

    Since 2003, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued $431,795 in fines at the World Trade Center site.

    That includes 47 inspections resulting in 121 citations against two dozen contractors for a variety of safety infractions, records show. Contractors paid just under $300,000 in settlements.

    But as the Daily News reported Sunday, 34 of at least 81 serious incidents at the site weren’t reported to OSHA at all.

    And even when OSHA was told, its investigators sometimes ran into roadblocks as they tried to figure out what led to injuries.

    On June 1, 2010, carpenter Paul Giordano, 46, fell 35 feet while working on scaffolding at 1 WTC. He suffered two fractured ribs and a smashed left ankle and needed multiple surgeries that required rods and screws in his spine.

    Nobody called OSHA. Instead, the feds learned of the incident the next day by reading the Daily News.

    As OSHA started investigating, an inspector tried to set up a closing conference with Giordano’s employer, Collavino Construction. One phone number “just kept ringing,” and a second number “was no longer in service.” He finally got through and left messages.

    “Nobody has responded to my calls,” he wrote, shortly before concluding that “fall protection was feasible but not provided by the employer.”

    OSHA hit Collavino with one citation and $4,000 in fines. Collavino paid the full amount.

    Giordano sued general contractor Tishman, alleging the scaffolding wasn’t secure because crossbeams weren’t properly in place. The suit is pending.

    Records also show contractors cleaning up accident scenes before inspectors arrive onsite.

    In Giovinco’s case, Sorbara workers dismantled the scaffolding immediately after the accident. They said this was done to allow the FDNY access to the site, but the OSHA inspector’s report noted it only complicated his probe.

    In January 2011, OSHA inspectors checking whether workers doing drilling were protected from excess noise and inhaling silica “were told that the employer changed the conditions of the site when it was announced that OSHA had arrived,” records show.

    Later, one test found the noise level was 400% above the acceptable rate, and multiple workers were exposed to silica well above the acceptable limit.

    One worker said respirator masks “were not providing him enough protection. After drilling, the employee would blow out the content dust left in the holes” of his mask.

    Nicholson Construction was hit with five citations and $7,200 in fines. It reached a $6,600 settlement.

    Tutor Perini Corp. was hit with 15 citations and $30,600 in fines. It paid $18,000.

    In May 2012, OSHA investigated a worker who fell 10 feet at the WTC’s vehicle security center when plywood decking gave way. The OSHA report stated the inspector “tried to look at the plywood that fell with the employee, but the whole area was cleaned up and nobody knew anything.”

    OSHA ultimately hit Navillus construction with one citation and $6,930 in fines. Navillus agreed to pay $3,465. OSHA deemed the accident investigation the firm performed “inadequate.”

    Some contractors simply brushed off OSHA.

    In May 2007 hardhat Steven Miller was working in the so-called “bathtub” with a crew spraying clay-like substance called bentonite when a hose separated from a coupler on the pump.

    Multiple workers were sprayed with bentonite, but the metal hose end whip-tailed and smacked Miller in the head.

    For months he lay in a coma with traumatic brain injuries. His doctors predicted he’d need medical care indefinitely. His mother, Joanne Miller, had to sign the petition supporting a lawsuit because her son was unable to do so.

    Obstacles confronted Miller’s lawyers and OSHA.

    The lawyers had to demand access to pump parts that were "removed, repaired or modified after the accident." The OSHA inspector reported a Kiewit site safety manager did not return his calls.

    In the end, the suit was settled for an undisclosed sum and OSHA hit Kiewit with one violation and a $2,500 fine.

    Miller made a miraculous comeback. Last week10/28 he received thunderous applause after recounting his journey at a Brain Injury Association of New York fundraising gala in Manhattan.

    In March 2011, an inspector witnessed a Laquilla worker removing tarps on top of uncapped rebar spikes at 3 WTC, exposing himself to what OSHA termed “impalement hazards.”

    When the inspector began poking around, he was told he couldn’t talk to Laquilla’s site safety manager because he’d “scheduled a vacation.”

    Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New Yor, said his unions have “worked to ensure the safety of the 26,000 working men and women at the WTC site. Safety is always our number one priority at worksites across the city, and the WTC is no different. We are proud of our record at minimizing accidents on such a complex and large site and proud of the extraordinary accomplishment of our members in this historic rebuilding effort."

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  13. #6028


    I'm sure this happens at construction sites all over the city. There's nothing special here.

  14. #6029
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    I'm surprise the fines are so small. Maybe that's the reason why they don't care.

  15. #6030


    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    I'm surprise the fines are so small. Maybe that's the reason why they don't care.
    I was in and around more than one of the incidents noted in the article (my phone was NOT ringing thankfully) but no one fears OSHA fines after an incident, they are pathetically small.

    What they do fear, on normal jobs, is being shut down from working due to unsafe conditions. The fact of the matter is that, inside that fence, the WTC might as well have been on Mars. Unannounced access is impossible for anyone on the outside.

    Company safety reps along with PA and Tishman safety officers have little or no power because they are afraid to stop their own company from working. Who wouldn't be.

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