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    I've never been a proponent of the whole idea behind saving & displaying the Survivor's Stairs, but I've got to say that just seeing them in those last photos and all bundled up takes me right back to Vesey Street pre-9/11. In my mind's eye I can see up the stairs to the old 5 & 6 WTC -- and then, as if rounding the corner to the plaza beyond, the towers rising above.

    Surprisingly evocative.

    Some pics from another website ...

    1) Near the top of the stairs approaching the WTC Plaza

    2) From the top looking down to the passage between 5 & 6 WTC with Vesey beyond

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    I'd too would like to off up an "Awesome Job!"


    Thanks for those pictures RKOwens.

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    Good on ya, RKO.

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    I think this was an opportunity missed to ask more technical questions.

    The questions here are lame.



    Michael Arad, Architect And 9/11 Memorial Designer




    Nearly six years ago, in November 2003, a design called Reflecting Absence, by NYC Housing Authority architect Michael Arad, was selected as one of the finalists for the World Trade Center Memorial. His design featured two pools in the footprints of the WTC's towers, with waterfalls cascading down their sides, and in January 2004, the design, revised with landscape designer Peter Walker, was chosen as the winning design.

    Today, the Port Authority says the Memorial is slated to open on September 11, 2011, in time for the tenth anniversary. We spoke to Arad, now a partner at Handel Architects, for a few minutes yesterday and asked about the long road the project has taken.

    How are you spending [today, the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks]? I'll be at the memorial ceremony at Zuccotti Park and then across the street to the memorial.

    How does it feel with 80% of the steel installed at the memorial site? It's fantastic, it's really great, as far as seeing construction take place on the site. There have been a lot of processes to get everything in place to move forward, but we've really made huge progress in the last year and you really start to see the finish line. We still have a ways to go before we open, but we have a firm deadline and we're going to meet it.

    I think that will be a relief to the survivors and victims' families, but I also think there's a lot of public frustration with the lack of progress at the site overall—especially with the dispute over the development of the rest of Ground Zero. Just seeing that something is happening with the Memorial and Museum site, it's like a bright spot. It definitely is. Half of the original site is dedicated to the Memorial; I think when it will be complete, it'll change the equation and make the site feel much further along —and the individual parcels yet to be developed, they won't be this collection of unfinished projects, but rather specific projects that'll move forward on their schedules.


    Rendering of the WTC Memorial

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    You mention that there's been progress, but it's been a very long five to six years—there's been three governors, all these different personalities in the agencies. Has this been exhausting or is the recent progress giving a new shot of adrenaline to project? It's definitely not a sprint, it's a marathon, so we had to be very dedicated to the project and persevere with a lot of difficulties.

    I'm happy with where we are today, and it's in no small part due to the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg, who took control of the project and pushed us along and made it possible for us to be as far along as we are now.

    Has there been a nice surprise along the way, given all the challenges? There have been countless moments where things could have derailed or could have gone in another direction, and it was through the efforts of many people at the Memorial Foundation, City Hall and other agencies that the project has stayed on track and is moving forward. And I think that, to me, has been the big picture of the last six years of work: It has taken a lot of individual effort on my part, but that alone wouldn't have done it, it's a much larger team working in a concert. And it's not easy with large projects, but the fact that we are as far along as we are is a testament to the fact that we're working together in support of this project.

    Tell us about working at the NYC Housing Authority. When I was working at the NYCHA, I was assisting in the design—as a part of a larger team—of these police service areas. Even though I was working for the Housing Authority, there were these police areas initially dedicated to the housing projects that the city was managing and they were carried over to the NYPD.

    I like doing work in the public realm. Previous to that, I was working at Kohn Pederson Fox on these very tall skyscrapers all over the world and it's [now] nice to be involved in these projects at home in New York. I'm doing a pro bono project right now, trying to install green roofs on existing school buildings—and not just green roofs but also outdoor classrooms- slash- urban farms- slash- green roofs. They really involve the students in growing vegetables and learning about not just about science but many aspects of their education that can be mediated through the efforts of growing things, health, nutrition, wellness programs... It's been an exciting project.

    At your firm, are you working on other projects, or are you focusing on the Memorial? This is the most important project that I'm working on. There are other projects at the firm that I'm working on for many clients, some work is pro bono... I'm trying to be involved with as many projects as I can be, but none of them have the same sort of emotional resonance as the Memorial.

    Recently the Memorial Preview Site [a 3,000 square foot storefront on Vesey Street; it features models of the Memorial & Museum as well as some artifacts] opened up. How is it seeing this taste of what visitors will experience when they eventually go to the completed site? You can start to see how people will come to the site, as they come into the Preview Center, and see how they will take things in. I think the Preview Center has been a fantastic tool for the Memorial Foundation to start that dialogue with visitors to the site.

    [It's gratifying] to see the models, to see some of the exhibits that will go into the museum, and most of all just to see visitors coming here to find an explanation but also for reflection. That to me is wonderful and I look forward to the day the site is open and we can relive this there.



    By Jen Chung in News on September 11, 2009 8:35 AM

    http://gothamist.com/2009/09/11/mich...d_911_memo.php

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    Significant though the progress on the memorial park’s construction may be, family members of the victims said that by this, the eighth anniversary, the memorial should be more than a construction site.
    Yes, shameful. The scene in the photo below is saddening.


    Memorial Plaza Opens to 9/11 Victims' Families at Trade Center Site

    By Matt Dunning



    As the names of the 2,752 victims in the attack on the World Trade Center were read, mourners gathered for the first time at street level where the towers once stood.

    During the rainy day’s official memorial service at the site, families of loved ones lost in the attacks were invited onto the steel deck of what will eventually be the eight-acre plaza of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum. There they stood around a circular pool and tossed flower petals into the water.

    With the memorial taking physical shape at the site, Joe Daniels, president of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, said he believed visitors at this year’s commemoration would be able to focus their attention on the lives lost in the attacks and the road ahead, and not the years of false starts, delays and infighting that for so long stymied the plaza’s construction.

    “It’s the one day the focus is once again on the families and the politics of 9/11 drops away,” Daniels said. "We hope that this year people will start to get a sense of the project’s momentum and also how powerful it will be when it is finished.”

    Indeed, construction on the memorial plaza and museum has accelerated dramatically since the end of last summer, after it was revealed that the projects were years behind their original schedule. (The park was initially intended open to the public this year.) Since September of last year, the Port Authority says it has installed more than 80 percent of the steel skeleton that will support the park, and approximately 20,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured to form the floors and ceilings of the underground museum.

    Significant though the progress on the memorial park’s construction may be, family members of the victims said that by this, the eighth anniversary, the memorial should be more than a construction site.

    “I’d really just like to see the memorial built,” said Sheri Sparacio, who lost her husband Thomas when United Airlines Flight 125 struck the South Tower. “It’s been a lot of years, and I’d just like to see it completed. Right now, it’s nothing. It’s just concrete.”

    James DeBlase, a bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald firm, was killed in the collapse of the North Tower. Friday morning, his mother Anita stood on the concrete deck with his daughter Taylor. She said that while the new construction is commendable, it can not make up for the years of delays at the site.

    “Everyone has a memorial, every city, every state, and we have nothing,” DeBlase said. “We stood there, and it was absolutely nothing. It’s still a construction site. I live for the day when we can enjoy going someplace, see it and appreciate it, but that hasn’t happened.”

    Officials plan to open “a significant portion” of the plaza to the general public on the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011, according to Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward.

    “We have been able to get this project on track to the point where are confident that the memorial will open by Sept. 11, 2011,” Ward said recently. The Authority is responsible for building the steel-and-concrete shell of the memorial plaza and museum.

    When the park is complete—in 2013, according to construction schedules—it will encompass two massive waterfalls in the form of and roughly the same size as the original Twin Towers, as well as a 40,000 square-foot entry pavilion to the 9/11 Museum. That pavilion will house the visitor information and ticketing booths, a 180-seat auditorium, a café, and a private room for victims’ families. The museum itself will contain hundreds of artifacts collected from the site in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, as well as audio/visual exhibits chronicling individuals’ experiences of that day, including first responders, recovery workers and survivors.

    Mario Calvi, whose son Gino was also one of 658 employees of the Cantor Fitzgerald firm killed in the collapse of the North Tower, said he, too, was disappointed by the progress on the memorial’s construction.

    “It’s just construction,” he said, “and we hope that some day we’ll see something that can give us the memory of our son.”

    http://www.tribecatrib.com/news/2009...nter-site.html

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    In the meantime, looking at the EarthCam.... (and having some questions too)
    - lots of activity in the SW corner of the site: they are setting up what looks like wooden platform... for some bigger crane perhaps, to install permanent steel in the corner?
    - major pour of west plaza between the pools
    - a lot of crane activity near the pedestrian connector pit near West St underpass... there was no visible progress there for months.. supposedly it's down there below the cam's eye?..
    - covering 4 recently installed arches of the underpass with metal and concrete later, like the rest of the connector, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yepole View Post
    In the meantime, looking at the EarthCam.... (and having some questions too)
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    - a lot of crane activity near the pedestrian connector pit near West St underpass... there was no visible progress there for months.. supposedly it's down there below the cam's eye?..
    ...........

    They have been digging it deeper the last few weeks, they have a small excavator (green, sometimes you can see it in there) inside the pit.

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    Thanks, but that website has goddamn pop-ups!

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    Yes, that platform they are constructing is for a crane that will construct the southwest corner of the Memorial - I think it's the same type of crane as the ones that were used in the pit.

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    I notice they are laying new steel perpendicular over the existing steel at the far southeast part of the site. Is that bracing for a crane there too?

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    new crane on site

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenwichBoy View Post
    new crane on site
    Coo.. They should bang out that quarter of the plaza in NO time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis View Post
    I notice they are laying new steel perpendicular over the existing steel at the far southeast part of the site. Is that bracing for a crane there too?
    Yes. Then the crane will erect the steel for that part of the Memorial then complete the bridge providing access all the way to the PATH station.

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    New green steel just arrived at the southern end. Looks like they are getting ready to extend more steel over the PATH tracks near where they finished laying down the blue perpendicular steel

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