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  1. #12796


    Well, until CTBUH knocks it back down to 1,368' one can only make a profit.

  2. #12797


    Toronto Star
    November 10, 2012

    Quebec-built antenna to top World Trade Center in New York City

    By Allan Woods

    People wait on line to enter the 9/11 Memorial as One World Trade Center rises under construction following a ceremony at the New York City Police Memorial Wall on Oct. 11, 2012 in New York City.

    TERREBONNE, QC—The 137-metre crown of the rebuilt World Trade Center is about to embark on a muted farewell tour of the province in which it was built.

    Starting on Nov. 15 at the Port of Valleyfield, west of Montreal near the Quebec-Ontario border, nine hulking sections of an 18-piece antenna will be crane-loaded onto a barge. What follows will be a two-week voyage up the St. Lawrence River, past Montreal, Trois-Rivières, Quebec City and Rimouski. After a quick loop around the Gaspé and the northern coast of the remote Magdalen Islands the fruits of five years of precision cutting, drilling and fusing by the good men of Groupe ADF will push out into open waters.

    Destination: New York City.

    Eleven years after the Twin Towers were brought down by hijacked commercial jetliners, the towering steel structure that will make 1 World Trade Center the tallest building in the western hemisphere is almost ready.

    What’s left of the work—the last minute welds, applying a protective zinc coating and making minor corrections to ensure each piece fits together perfectly—is taking place in the Quebec firm’s sprawling factory a half-hour’s drive northeast of Montreal.

    The entrance to Groupe ADF’s headquarters is like a metalworker’s fantasy world. Elaborate handcrafted statues of eagles, dragons and other creatures adorn the lobby and meeting rooms, reminding visitors of the firm’s origins as a blacksmith’s shop where founder Jacques Pashchini made metalwork both his occupation and his hobby.

    That is the pretty façade masking the tonnes of steel beams and sheets that are contorted here to make complex bridges, buildings and other structures. Showers of sparks shoot into the sky and fusili-shaped scraps of shiny metal litter the floor.

    This is where workers pieced together the new World Trade Center—first the beams that now stand 105-floor high, then the antenna pieces—that will stand as the symbol of American resistance to the terror attacks of 2001.

    Jean Paschini, the firm’s chairman and chief executive, remembers morning of 9/11 well.

    “I was here in my office. My brother was in New York. He left New York at 7 in the morning to go to Toronto. The night before he was out walking right there (at the World Trade Center).”

    Company president Pierre Paschini’s Sept. 11 flight was making its descent into Toronto just as the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority was coming to the realization that it had four hijacked jetliners in its skies. Fighter jets were being scrambled. Confusion reined.

    It was just minutes before American Airlines Flight 11, a Los Angeles-bound flight that originated at Boston’s Logan Airport, struck the original 1 World Trade Centre, which was built in the 1970s, and sent the world into a tailspin.

    Pierre Paschini arrived safely, but Jean had a few moments of panic as he watched events unfold from his offices.

    All this is to say that the family behind Groupe ADF understands the emotional and symbolic value that goes over and above the millions that are being spent on the massive reconstruction project in Lower Manhattan.

    Wearing jeans, steel-toed boots and a vest, Jean Paschini looks more looks more at ease on the shop floor than in the boardroom. His hands have none of the executive polish you might expect to find. They look to have been fashioned by power tools, not pen and paper.

    But he has proved himself to be every bit the cutthroat businessman.

    His strategy is documented in a lawsuit filed against him earlier this month in court by the New York Port Authority, which owns 1 World Trade Center.

    “ADF is currently holding the pieces needed to complete the 1 WTC Antenna hostage. ADF refuses to ship this antenna steel unless and until it receives approximately $6-million allegedly owed under another contract for another project as ransom.”

    “Hostage.” “Ransom.” The allegations may be part lawyer’s rhetorical flourish, part public relations ploy, but Paschini admits they are mostly true.

    The St. Lawrence Seaway closes to traffic in December, meaning that there remains just a small window of time to get the antenna loaded onto the barge and shipped to Manhattan, where it is set to be installed in January.

    Not delivering the antenna would have meant layoffs for approximately 100 labourers, no offices for the high-profile tenants who have leased space and various other costly contract defaults, lawyers for the building owners claimed in the lawsuit.

    “To get the publicity because we hijacked the antenna, it’s not a nice thing to do. But at the end of the day, it’s not a nice thing to do on their part to make me lose money,” Paschini says. “At the end of the day somebody has to pay.”

    And that that is exactly what happened.

    He explains how the last week of face-to-face bargaining in New York City unfolded in his favour without gloating. Others in the factory point with pride to the headline this week in a Montreal newspaper: “The man who took New York hostage.”

    Just back from marathon negotiations that settled the suit before it was to be heard in court this week, Paschini says he obtained a firm payment schedule that will see his company recoup about $25-million for work on other sections of the building that has already been completed.

    Now the plant’s workers can focus on what should be taking up their attention. Yves Cloutier, the company’s director of project management, has seen the project from its slow start to here, with the finish line in sight.

    He has schematics and mountains of drawings and plans in his office, but he explains the intimate details of the antenna’s 70-tonne base, known inside the plant as Section 301, by heart. It is a circle made up of 12 hollow steel columns held together by an elegant spider’s web of, yes, steel.

    Inside the first parts of the antenna will be a ladder for workers who must scale the height of what will be, upon completion, a 541-metre building. The subsequent sections of the antenna, 302-318, narrow as they ascend. Then they become so slender that the ladder must be shifted to the outside of the structure.

    Computers and lasers ensure that the antenna maintains its centre point. Also to ensure that the fearless ironworkers who make their living at the top of skyscrapers are able to fasten bolts that will hold all the pieces together as they hang from a piece of steel that is longer, but not much wider, than a coffin.

    Stray by more than three millimeters and the steel is as good as scrap metal.

    Section 315, which is in the final stages of production, is pocked with holes for satellite receivers that will likely be placed atop the building. Up close, it looks like a piece of steel swiss cheese.

    Pictures provide a better image, but like most things in the U.S. that touch on terrorism, the New York Port Authority has imposed security restrictions around the construction, so the best one can do is describe.

    Each section looks like the frame of a space capsule, particularly as you watch the welders and other workers climb inside to meld the plates of steel together.

    And just like the space shuttle Endeavour, which was drive 20 kilometres through the streets of Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Museum earlier this month, the Canadian-built antenna will also be a slow-motion spectacle when it is trucked piece-by-piece from the barge in the New York harbour to its new home around the start of December.

    The short parade route is already marked out.

    “There is nothing that is improvised,” Cloutier says.

    A crane will unload the nine sections that have been sent by sea and load them onto trucks that will drive down Greenwich Street to the World Trade Center site. There, they will be reunited with eight smaller sections that are being driven down from Canada as well as the tip of the antenna, which has already been delivered.

    Each piece will then be lifted up into the sky for assembly.

    There will be no “Made in Canada” etchings on the antenna, Cloutier assures.

    Americans might be ill-at-ease with the reminder that the crown of a building that is their symbol of resilience in the face of terror was made in a remote Quebec industrial park using steel that was imported from Europe.

    Paschini and his crew of employees will know, but you aren’t likely to hear them gush about it. It doesn’t seem their style.

    © Copyright Toronto Star 1996-2012

  3. #12798


    Quote Originally Posted by BigMac View Post
    November 9, 2012

    Ballantyne Strong Awarded Prestigious Contract to Provide New York’s 1,776 Foot One World Trade Center with the Company’s Proprietary ‘Solutions’ High-Powered LED Beacon Lighting

    Strong Lighting Also Manufacturing Customized Antenna Technology for WTC

    Ballantyne Strong, Inc., a provider of digital cinema projection equipment, screens and services as well as specialty lighting equipment, today announced that its Strong Entertainment Lighting division has been contracted to design and produce the world’s first high-powered LED beacon light using the Company’s unique and proprietary LED ‘Solutions’ brand technology. The one-of-a-kind custom beacon will be housed in the uppermost section of the World Trade Center’s antenna structure, currently under construction in New York City’s financial district, adjacent to ‘Ground Zero.’

    Ballantyne Strong President and CEO Gary L. Cavey stated, “This very important agreement to outfit the World Trade Center is an honor and a testament to Ballantyne’ s long and prolific history in the lighting business, which dates back to the 1970s. In addition to originating the live entertainment industry standard, our Super Trouper followspot brand, throughout the years we have also provided unique lighting solutions for diverse locations and architectural challenges including NASA’s Space Shuttle program, Disney World’s Pleasure Island resort, and the Beacon light atop the iconic pyramid-shaped Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We believe there is a significant, as yet untapped opportunity, to reinvigorate our lighting business, a diamond-in-the-rough’ that we as an organization have not leveraged in recent years. The prestigious WTC beacon and antenna contract clearly demonstrates that we are back on the right track and Strong Entertainment Lighting will continue its expanding focus on outdoor and architectural lighting growth opportunities.”

    The WTC beacon will produce more than 288,000 lumens of LED light output that will project two horizontal beams of light into the New York City skyline to memorialize the tallest building in North America, which will be 1,776 feet tall upon completion. Additionally, Strong is also providing the architectural accent lighting for the 547 foot antenna on the WTC using three different types of custom-made Solutions 650 RGBW LED fixtures. These custom fixtures, when not being used for everyday use in white light, will allow the WTC to color the highest part of its antenna to commemorate holiday occasions and special events.

    About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (

    Ballantyne Strong is a provider of digital cinema projection equipment, screens and services as well as specialty lighting equipment. The Company supplies major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world.

    ©2012 Business Wire
    Did I miss some revision regarding "two horizontal beams of light"? I was always under the impression that any light was going to be the vertical beam.

  4. #12799


    Will they rotate I wonder?

  5. #12800


    Original concept was for rotating beacons that would flash dash-dot, the letter N in Morse Code. N is the maritime designation for New York harbor used by lighthouses.

    I don't know why this was changed.

    The very top must have an FAA mandated red beacon.

  6. #12801


    Isn't a rotating horizontal beacon going to drive people in Midtown absolutely nuts?

  7. #12802


    Are you thinking it's going to spin fast, so it'll be like a strobe?

    Maybe more like once every 20-30 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Are you thinking it's going to spin fast, so it'll be like a strobe?

    Maybe more like once every 20-30 seconds.
    No, I think I'm probably overestimating the strength of the "beacon."

  10. #12805


    The GWB has a rotating strobe that's non-menacing. Pretty cool on foggy nights.

  11. #12806


    Daily Mail
    November 12, 2012

    Superstorm Sandy turned World Trade Center into an æolian harp that played an eerie song of foreboding just hours before the storm hit New York


    Video footage recorded in the hours before Superstorm Sandy hit downtown Manhattan has revealed an eerie sound created by the strong winds whistling through the unfinished tower.

    The storm, which included gusts of 80mph, briefly turned the tower in an enormous concrete version of an æolian harp, a musical instrument played by the wind.

    The footage has been viewed more than 30,000 times on YouTube, where comments are divided between those who found the sound to be unearthly and a creepy foreboding of the disaster to come and those who think the high pitched noise has a certain tranquility and beauty to it.

    © Associated Newspapers Ltd

  12. #12807


    The beacon on the GWB, which alternates white and red, is actually a "Closed Airport" beacon. (open airports flash white-green). It was placed there because the bridge is almost directly in line with the approach to Laguardia's runway 13, and pilots were getting confused thinking that the bridge roadway lights were actually the runway.

  13. #12808


    A slow (2 RPM) beacon so high wouldn't bother any city dwellers IMHO. There may be airport factors considering the proximity to the 3 airports. It would look awesome slicing through the low cloud cover that we see so often this time of year.

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    I was amazed to see during the storm and afterwards that even the warning lights atop 1 WTC were out. But I guess when the power goes, it really goes.

  15. #12810


    Aren't those things supposed to have battery backup? Well maybe not a week's worth...

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