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Old October 9th, 2010, 03:25 AM   #121
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Old October 9th, 2010, 07:17 AM   #122
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Hopefully we'll see some more trees planted this weekend. Looks like several spots are ready for them.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #123
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Hopefully we'll see some more trees planted this weekend. Looks like several spots are ready for them.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #124
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Nice to wake up and see so much progress. Also appears their starting to place steel over the giant hole on West street near the Memorial.

Also, a picture of the Pavillion by GreenwichBoy, WNY.

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Old October 10th, 2010, 08:07 PM   #125
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http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/20...-trade-center/

The exoskeleton still stood firm after the towers had collapsed. Interesting!
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Old October 11th, 2010, 02:25 PM   #126
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If they hurry I might be able to visit it when I come over to NYC in december
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Old October 12th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #127
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^ No way will it be done by December. However the steel went up pretty fast.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:51 AM   #128
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The memorial has a long ways to go. But the steel for the pavillion is coming along great. I can't wait for the steel and decking to go over the NE corner area. That pit is tiresome to look at on the webcams.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #129
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wooow! that's de pavilion!? that was fast!
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Old October 17th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #130
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They're taking up some of the pavers in the north pool in order to install lights that will illuminate the waterfalls at night:



Also, if I counted correctly, 10 trees were planted last weekend, bringing the total to 35.

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Old October 17th, 2010, 05:22 PM   #131
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http://blogs.discovery.com/rebuildin...r-feature.html

Prepping the World's Biggest Water Feature
10/09/2010


How hard can it be to get some water to flow over an edge into a square void? At first, it sounds easy. But when each edge of that square is over 200 ft. long, and the entire length has to be perfectly flat for water to flow evenly over all of it, the challenge suddenly seems a little tougher.

Now try making that work on two square voids, each over 30 ft. deep, into which water will be flowing 24/7, 365 days a year, regardless of wind, rain, or snow. It has to be heated in winter to keep from freezing, and replenished in the summer to keep all the water from evaporating.

The mechanics of keeping a constant flow of water pumping into the world’s two biggest fountains is daunting enough. But at this site, where the water functions as a solemn tribute to so many lost lives, getting the mechanics right is only half the battle. It’s just as importnat to get the aesthetics right. Not only do the fountains have to flow consistently, but they also have to flow beautifully. That’s where landscape architect Dan Euser comes in. He engineered a system of grooved steel panels, called a weir system, that straddles the edges of the four sides of each pool and molds each waterfall into a work of art.

This week, we joined Dan on his first visit to the project he has worked tirelessly for five years to help design. This was the first time he saw the work on a full scale. Dan was visibly excited, as he had the chance to see the pools well on the way to completion. All around us, teams of dedicated plumbers, welders, laborers, and engineers were busy tightening connections, sealing foundations, and hurrying to make that 9/11/11 deadline. Soon, the faucet will be turned on for the first time, to test a plumbing system unlike any other in the world. We’ll be there with Dan and the team of people who are charged with making it work, to witness the first drops in what will soon be a perpetual deluge...and in all likelihood, the most famous water feature in the world.

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Old October 19th, 2010, 03:18 AM   #132
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Interesting article. I cannot wait for the day when water is flowing in these pits.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #133
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Selected quotes from a recent article.

http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_389/portprovides.html

Volume 20, Number 41 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | October 6 - 12, 2010

Port provides update to WTC Committee
BY Aline Reynolds

Port Authority officials presented an update of the World Trade Center construction site at Monday night’s Community Board 1 W.T.C. Redevelopment Committee.

Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority, presented a slideshow update on the current state of the new site.

Work on the memorial site is moving along as planned. The steel infrastructure of the memorial museum’s pavilion entrance is now between 60 and 70 percent complete.


“We feel like we’re really gaining momentum,” Ward said of the project. “I think having this completed for the 10-year anniversary will characterize the completion of the memorial.”

Twenty-five out of about 60 swamp white oak trees have been delivered to the memorial site; the remainder will be planted by the end of October, when the project will halt until next spring.

“It won’t simply be a memorial,” he said. “It’ll be a place where office workers grab a sandwich, cut across the plaza on a rainy day as a shortcut to work.” Ward referred to the future 9/11 Memorial as “an incredible oasis of green Downtown.”

Ward said the Port is committed to helping rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on its original footprint on Liberty Street, and to expand it by 50 percent. The initial plan was a large-scale $60 million project that would have delayed the construction of the Vehicle Security Center.

“It would be entirely appropriate, and we’re working with the Mayor to bring that negotiation to a successful conclusion,” Ward said.

Committee member Marc Ameruso asked whether the Port Authority could seize ownership of the property, to which Ward replied, “If [the church] fails to negotiate in good faith, we’d have to invoke some condemnation via eminent domain, but we have no intention of doing that.”

The current plan is to come to a mutual agreement with the church.

And though the Port and Silverstein have made major strides in the W.T.C. redevelopment project, “Next year will be the hardest year,” Ward said, particularly in readying for the opening of the memorial and forging ahead with the restoration of Greenwich Street.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #134
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another interesting article:

http://blogs.discovery.com/rebuildin...et-pumped.html

Memorial Fountains Get Pumped
10/19/2010

Its design is simple: two voids within the footprints of the previous towers, into which thousands of gallons of water will flow, creating the largest man made waterfalls in the country, if not the world. But those fountains will pour down 40,000 gallons of water a minute in the middle of what will soon be one of the busiest commercial centers on Earth. So just how do you keep a constant flow of water running, 24/7/365?

Behind the pools' sleek granite walls, there is a group tasked with answering that very question. This week, we joined up with Jimmy Walsh and Al Jimenez, deputy foremen from 4 J’s Plumbing, who, along with their dedicated team, are laying thousands of feet of pipe, tightening bolts, fitting filters, and installing a one-of-a-kind pump system designed to process nearly half a million gallons of water. Al and Jimmy are experienced plumbers, with years of experience working on high rises and the like, and they have never seen a more intricate system...ever.

We spent our day shadowing Al and Jimmy as they started the process of running water through a low pressure hose into one of the pumps, the first step to bringing water into the system. By running water through the pumps first, they can check for loose connections, cracks and unsealed gaskets. If there is even the tiniest breach, water will find its way out. We could hear the water gush into the pump in a matter of minutes, and soon saw a small leak spring at one of the connection points. Al and Jimmy quickly tightened the bolts and cleared the pump to go through stage 2 of testing, filling the header pipe. Al got excited and remarked, "They are one step closer to being done right, and water tight!” The team moved on to pump number two, and as soon as the water started flowing, things got interesting...but you’ll have to wait to hear about this part of the test.

In a matter of weeks, the North Pool’s faucets will be turned on, in a high-profile public test. We’ll be there to witness the first drops and share in the success of the designers, engineers, site bosses, and laborers who have worked so hard for this moment.

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Old October 21st, 2010, 11:28 AM   #135
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update from morrongiello on flickr:

the hole west of the vent structures is finally being closed:

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two more pics from http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-ne...sandwich-shop/



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Old October 21st, 2010, 11:38 PM   #136
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Lots of soil being "poured" onto the plaza today. We should see a lot of trees planted this weekend.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 02:43 AM   #137
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it's starting to look so beautiful the place!.. with those trees looks very chill & calm!
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Old October 24th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #138
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Looks like yesterday around 15 trees were either planted or placed near their holes:



That brings the total to about 50.

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #139
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great progress, although the trees look kind of strange on a construction site, it will look fabulous when finished..

picture with the trees waiting to be planted (from last night by Greenwichboy, WiredNY ):

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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:11 PM   #140
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Wow, that's a lot of people by the south pool!

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