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Thread: The new Fiterman Hall - 30 West Broadway - by Pei, Cobb, Freed

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    Bring the thing down! What a great oppurtunity to right a past wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCResident
    B.M.C.C. building plan remains in limbo

    Little has changed in the three and a half years since Fiterman Hall at Borough of Manhattan Community College was damaged by the collapse of 7 World Trade Center. The building still stands at 30 West Broadway, shrouded and awaiting its fate.

    Although Fiterman Hall is a B.M.C.C. building, CUNY will ultimately take the lead in the building’s demolition ... The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York is ultimately responsible for tearing down or restoring the building...

    Before the Dorm Authority can take any action whatsoever, it needs the approval of the State Legislature...
    If the people involved in Fiterman (and the list seems to be a long one: NY State Legislature, Dorm Authority, BMCC, CUNY, Pataki for starters) have any ability to think outside of the box then hopefully they will see the fantastic and unique opportunity that the Fiterman site offers.

    Fiterman is in a prime location fronting the new triangular park at Greenwich / Barclay and overlooking the WTC site. All consideration should be given to create the circumstances that will allow for a stunning piece of architecture.


    The shrouded Fiterman Hall viewed from the south across the WTC site from June 2003 (with the foundation of WTC7 at center):




    Fiterman Hall still shrouded at February 2004, seen between the rising frame of WTC7 and the great deco Post Office Building:




    Similar view of Fiterman from May 2004:




    And again at July 2004:




    Fiterman peeking out from behind the nearly finished WTC7, May 2005:




    Fiterman (at bottom center) in relation to the WTC site and WTC7:




    I'm not certain what current zoning allows on this site, but if necessary then zoning should be changed to allow for a much taller building that would serve as a mixed-use structure encompassing an educational facility to replace Fiterman as well as additional cultural / memorial facilities (to respond to the current well-reported controversy).

    (Thanks to all who posted pictures on the 250 Greenwich Street thread that I copied for this post!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kliq6
    The demolition of the shrouded Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street is finally getting underway today, the last clean-up of a structure damaged in the attacks four years ago.
    What about Fiterman Hall?

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    That is another story, CUNY has no clue whats is doing, i hear possible that Fiterman may start end o fthis year, it wont take half as long as DB. I think the CM on Db is trying to convince CUNY to hire them to oversee that as well, which would be a good think since that CM is doing most of the projects in the WTC area right now

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    CUNY has sat on its collective ass because destroyed classroom space was rebuilt as temporary space on the sidewalks along West St and Harrison St. If there was a demand to remove these trailers, you'd see how fast CUNY would move on Fiterman Hall.

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    that may help to, yes.

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    They won't be quick to repair Fitman Hall, not only is it a CUNY, so it has to wait for public money but it's a community college, so it will be last on the list of expenses for the university, senior colleges like Hunter and Baruch will get preference.

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    http://www.lowermanhattan.info/


    In July 2005, the CUNY/DASNY team met with Community Board 1 to outline the following plan:
    • June 2005: The development phase of the decontamination plan began. The project team consulted with federal, state, and local environmental, health, and regulatory agencies to develop a safe and efficient plan.
    • July/August 2005: A decontamination facility was built to allow for the safe entry and exit of environmental safety consultants and other personnel. The entire structure will be sealed and scaffolded. Professional access will begin in August to characterize the contaminants in the building interior in order to provide a basis for the formulation of a decontamination and deconstruction plan.
    • Ongoing: Design of the new Fiterman Hall is under way. A state-of-the-art 380,000-square-foot classroom building is envisioned.
    • Fall 2005: Decontamination and deconstruction plans will be presented to regulators and the community. The plans will include air monitoring in the community, at the site, and inside the work area. Health and safety plans for the workers will be developed, along with emergency notification and action plans. Site access and traffic plans will be coordinated with the Construction Command Center.
    • Winter 2005-06: Decontamination and deconstruction plans will be reviewed and approved. No interior decontamination will begin until the plan has been approved with community and governmental input.
    • Decontamination is expected to take six months.
    • Deconstruction is expected to take five months.
    • Construction of the new Fiterman Hall is expected to take two years.
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    In July 2005, the CUNY/DASNY team met with Community Board 1 to outline the following plan:

    * June 2005: The development phase of the decontamination plan began. The project team consulted with federal, state, and local environmental, health, and regulatory agencies to develop a safe and efficient plan.

    * Summer 2005: [July/August 2005]: A decontamination facility was built to allow for the safe entry and exit of environmental safety consultants and other personnel. The entire structure will be sealed and scaffolded. Professional consultants began work in September examining the building interior to characterize the contaminants, which will provide a basis for the formulation of a decontamination and deconstruction plan. The consultants expect to complete their work during November.

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    Good to see the decon of this is actually starting. Hope they can keep to their plan to start decontamination, but any change to this sorry sight is way off in the future, seeing as how:
    No interior decontamination will begin until the plan has been approved with community and governmental input.
    With the schedule as outlined the blight will remain for another 1 Year + (earliest proposed date for ending deconstruction = 11 months after decontamination begins).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp
    http://www.lowermanhattan.info/


    In July 2005, the CUNY/DASNY team met with Community Board 1 to outline the following plan:
    ... Professional consultants began work in September examining the building interior to characterize the contaminants, which will provide a basis for the formulation of a decontamination and deconstruction plan.
    Wow, it only took CUNY four years to poke their heads into the interior of their destroyed building! Thanks Mayor Mike, wouldn't it be great if you could apply this same know-how and super-rebuilding skills to the entire WTC site? That way, maybe our great, great grandkids could see some rebuilding.

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    has the decontamination started w/ Fiterman?

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    There is a presentation at CB1 this week which should provide some sort of status report. www.cb1.org

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    I talked to a project manager on this job, demolition starts in Feb

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    ^^ finally ... praise be!

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    Two questions:

    What's replacing it?

    Will this building be treated as an environmentally hazardous site, like Deutsche Bank?

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