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Old December 10th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #6821
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Old December 10th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #6822
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Old December 10th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #6823
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Hey Guys, I found this yesterday. Looks like the ramp is going away starting this weekend. Enjoy,
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PORT AUTHORITY AND NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM TO BEGIN REMOVING SIGNATURE RAMP FROM WTC SITE TO MAKE WAY FOR CONTINUED MEMORIAL REBUILDING
Date: Dec 09, 2008
Press Release Number: 146
The 460-foot-long ramp that has served as the conduit for thousands of 9/11 victims family members and notable leaders to go from street level to bedrock at the World Trade Center site will be removed beginning this weekend to make way for continued rebuilding of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Starting this Saturday, December 13, the Port Authority will begin to dismantle the ramp to allow the steel installation for the Memorial and Museum to progress. The ramp must be removed since it sits in the middle of the Memorial quadrant, a critical location required for the cranes erecting steel. The steel for the northeast section of the Memorial has already reached street level.

It will take approximately a month for the ramp to be completely removed.

Because of the ramp’s historical significance to the World Trade Center clean-up effort, the rebuilding, and 9/11 anniversary commemorations, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum intends to preserve a section of the ramp as part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

The ramp was completed in March 2002 following the removal of debris from the 80-foot-deep World Trade Center basement resulting from the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Prior to the ramp’s construction, crews used muddy roads supported by packed debris to access the subgrade levels.

Installation of the ramp, which is composed of five spans supported by five concrete piers, allowed recovery workers and construction crews and vehicles to easily access the below-grade areas of the site during the final recovery efforts, the subsequent rebuilding of the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station, and the initial construction work on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The ramp was designed with a loading capacity to accommodate construction equipment in excess of 90,000 pounds.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "This ramp is a link to the site's past, but now we're rapidly moving to the future and building a project we believe will make all of us proud, and honor the memories of those who were lost. We will remain focused on the construction work that remains to fulfill our commitment to have the Memorial's plaza finished by the 10th anniversary of 9/11."

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “As important as the ramp has been to the rebuilding, its absence represents progress and a real step forward. It means steel is going up and it means the 9/11 Memorial is that much closer to completion.”

“Since 2002, the ramp has provided access to the site for recovery, clean-up and construction,” National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “Its use, in particular, on 9/11 anniversaries to bring people to bedrock has been an important part of personal and collective commemoration. The removal is a major step forward in constructing the Memorial and it reminds us of the sacrifices of thousands, united in their efforts to assist in the aftermath of the attacks. Given the historical importance of the ramp, we are planning to incorporate a portion of it in the Memorial Museum’s permanent collection.”

In early September, the first pieces of steel were erected for the Memorial project, and since that time, more than 600 tons of steel have been installed.

As the Memorial rises to street level, workers will access the below-ground area via staircases, and equipment and materials will be delivered via cranes.

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Candace McAdams, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.



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Old December 11th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #6824
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A new set of renderings of the towers and completed site has been put up on wtc.com, but it's 6AM here in NY and I'm too lazy to post anything now.

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Old December 11th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #6825
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There are a lot of workers now doing some stuff on the ramp ...
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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #6826
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There are a lot of workers now doing some stuff on the ramp ...
they are moving the "stairs" to a permanent home, that why a lot of workers are there.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #6827
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A new set of renderings of the towers and completed site has been put up on wtc.com, but it's 6AM here in NY and I'm too lazy to post anything now.
Tomorrow or day after... Please...
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Old December 11th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #6828
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You can see all 14 new renderings here (though some aren't really new): http://www.wtc.com/media/images/s/wt...tc-streetscape

They finally finished moving the staircase around 10:40am Eastern Time this morning (I was watching it live on rebuildgroundzero.com's webcam ). They also delivered some kind of huge, roughly 70 foot long steel beam to the site as well as a 2nd one of those big "truss" looking things, which I have no idea will be used for. Since then, nothing else has really happened. They seem to have gone home for the day due to the rain.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #6829
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NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM AND PORT AUTHORITY MOVE HISTORIC
“SURVIVORS’ STAIRS” REMNANT TO FINAL PLACEMENT IN MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Date: Dec 11, 2008

Press Release Number: 148


Memorial & Museum and Project Rebirth Announce Partnership to Chronicle History of
Rebuilding through Time-Lapse Film Available Online


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey today moved the historic Vesey Street Stair Remnant (known as the Survivors’ Stairs) to its final placement in the Memorial Museum site. The Stairs, which were used as a vital route to safety on the morning of September 11, 2001, were the first artifact moved to the Museum site when they were lowered to a temporary location at bedrock level in July 2008.

In partnership, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Project Rebirth today began offering a special opportunity for the public to view the historic rebuilding of the World Trade Center site through time-lapse footage available online. The new feature on www.national911memorial.org will be updated regularly with multi-media material focused on different perspectives of the rebuilding progress and highlighting major events.

Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said, “This week’s tremendous construction is an outgrowth of so many people’s dedication and commitment to building the Memorial & Museum. The Survivors’ Stairs are now in their final position, becoming the first historic artifact moved into the Memorial Museum, while the ramp’s removal this weekend will allow the steel structure of the Memorial to continue to rise. The rebuilding itself is truly historic and the public can view this process through edited segments of Project Rebirth’s World Trade Center rebuilding documentary project, which will be posted regularly on our website.”

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, “We've worked hard to make sure this important piece of the World Trade Center's history was safely delivered from street level to its final destination in the Memorial bedrock. Now we can continue the progress we've made to aggressively build the Memorial around it.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “We're proud of our role alongside the Memorial Foundation in preserving this important piece of the site's history. Its move to a permanent home today will allow us to continue installation of steel and other work needed to meet our public commitments for building the Memorial.”

Early this morning, work crews began assembly and connection of the rigging of the structure, which stands 21-feet high; 64-feet long and weigh 57 tons. After connection, the Stairs were lifted by crane, set on a temporary mid-point location, and then re-rigged in order to prepare for a second lift. The Stairs were then moved for the final time 150 feet north in the Memorial quadrant for their permanent installation in the Museum.

The Survivors’ Stairs are the sole vestige above ground of the World Trade Center, a major 20th century architectural complex and engineering achievement credited with stabilizing and re-engineering the economic life of Lower Manhattan. The Stairs were used as a vital route to safety on the morning of September 11, 2001 and are an authentic artifact that bears witness to the events of September 11.

In late 2007, a resolution was reached as a result of collaboration among the Memorial & Museum, government agencies, preservationists, survivors, and the downtown community, to preserve the Stairs. Through this agreement, the full run and scope of the Stairs will be installed along the main stairway of descent in the Memorial Museum, allowing visitors to experience the artifact from the same perspective as the individuals who escaped on September 11. The preservation and placement of the Stairs will speak to the core message that we are all a part of what happened on 9/11.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent rescue and recovery effort, the Survivors’ Stairs were declared one of the historic elements of the World Trade Center site. In 2004, a programmatic agreement signed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, and various preservation and civic groups, ensured that all rebuilding projects over the next ten years preserve the surviving historic elements at the site. To that end, the Memorial & Museum and the Port Authority have worked closely with preservationists to ensure the best possible care and installation of the Stairs.

The Stairs have moved twice in 2008 in order to prepare them for final placement. The historic remnant originally weighed 175 tons and stood 22 feet tall. To prepare for the move, the concrete base of the Stairs was removed, reducing its total weight to 65 tons and an elaborate steel bracing and cradling system was installed. In March, the Stairs were moved to temporary storage near Vesey Street and in July, the massive structure was lowered to bedrock level.

The final move of the Stairs is taking place in a week of major construction milestones for the Memorial & Museum. On Saturday, December 13, removal of the 460-foot-long signature ramp that has allowed access to the World Trade Center site will begin. This progress will allow for steel installation to continue and the south side of the Memorial’s steel structure to be completed.

Given the ramp’s historical significance to the World Trade Center clean-up effort, the rebuilding, and 9/11 anniversary commemorations, the Memorial & Museum intends to preserve a section of the ramp as part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

In September 2008, the first steel columns for the Memorial & Museum were installed at the World Trade Center site. Steel erection has continued in the northeast corner of the north Memorial pool and the eastern side of the south Memorial pool.

Memorial & Museum and Project Rebirth to Chronicle History of Rebuilding through Time-Lapse
Film Available Online


The Memorial & Museum and Project Rebirth, a chronicle of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the lives of ten individuals coping with 9/11, today announced a joint effort to highlight WTC site rebuilding progress on the Memorial Museum’s web site. The partnership also includes the completed Project Rebirth film and footage as a signature resource in the Memorial Museum.

“Through poignant interviews and captivating construction footage, Project Rebirth offers a window into the emotional and physical rebuilding after 9/11,” Memorial Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald said. “We are excited to include this historical record in the Museum and to work with Project Rebirth in the coming years to ensure that this aspect of the 9/11 story is captured for future visitors.”

The new feature on www.national911memorial.org will be updated regularly with multi-media material focused on different perspectives of the rebuilding process and highlighting major events in the progress. The first segment of time-lapse footage chronicles early stages of the rebuilding from March 2002 through late 2003. The segments are being produced in high-definition cinema-graphic quality and crafted by Hollywood filmmaker and founder of Project Rebirth Jim Whitaker, exclusively for the Memorial & Museum.

Project Rebirth Founder and Director Jim Whitaker said, “Since I first conceived of Project Rebirth shortly after 9/11, my ambition was for our film to be featured in a museum that would be located at the WTC site. With construction of the Memorial Museum underway, our partnership with the Memorial Museum remains fundamental to Rebirth’s core mission, and we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their programs for years to come.”

Project Rebirth’s historical record will be a signature resource in the Memorial Museum. The most extensive time-lapse project in history, Rebirth’s team of professional film makers are chronicling the WTC reconstruction effort and following the lives of 10 individuals coping with the evolving impact and meaning of 9/11. Along with sending crews onto the site to film construction work in detail, Project Rebirth maintains 12 time-lapse cameras mounted in key positions around the World Trade Center site. The cameras record construction progress 24-hours a day, with one frame shot every five minutes. A 13th camera is expected to be installed in New Jersey to capture the progress of the 1 WTC, the Freedom Tower, and the additional commercial structures under construction, as they rise above the skyline of the World Financial Center. Project Rebirth’s first cameras were installed on March 11, 2002, and will continue recording until the completion of the entire World Trade Center site rebuilding.

The completed film will combine this time-lapse photography with the interviews of ten people dealing with grief and trauma as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001, including first responders and family members, among others. Project Rebirth’s documentary film will be released in 2010, with any proceeds from the film invested in the launch of a Project Rebirth Center for victims of and first responders to events of traumatic loss. Project Rebirth www.projectrebirth.org is a 501C(3) headquartered in New York City and founded by Hollywood filmmaker Jim Whitaker.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, www.national911memorial.org, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

Contact:
Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800
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Old December 12th, 2008, 03:49 AM   #6830
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Old December 12th, 2008, 07:25 PM   #6831
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You can see all 14 new renderings here (though some aren't really new): http://www.wtc.com/media/images/s/wt...tc-streetscape
Thanks a lot RKOwens Awesome renderings
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You can see all 14 new renderings here (though some aren't really new): http://www.wtc.com/media/images/s/wt...tc-streetscape
Those are beautiful renderings. I can't wait to see the Lower Manhattan skyline once they finish the WTC project.
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #6833
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Old December 12th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #6834
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After seeing this picture made me wondering how many times have this site redeveloped before WTC... Anyone knows? Have pictures?
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Old December 13th, 2008, 12:27 AM   #6835
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They blocked the bottom of the ramp with concrete barriers. Looks like ramp is now closed forever.
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The ramp's finally going to be gone! It's about time!
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Old December 13th, 2008, 11:24 AM   #6837
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And once the ramp is completely gone, before we can fully realize it, the entire western half of the site will no longer be a hole. Less than two years later, I'm sure we'll be able to say the same about the eastern half.

The side of GZ with the Freedom Tower and memorial will no longer seem so empty; even now, there's stuff everywhere.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 12:47 PM   #6839
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Looks like one of the "biggest" skyscraper's project since the old WTC (including the Towers). And the name of the tower itself is perfect.
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Apart from the demolition of the ramp, they are also going to increase the height of the crane for the south core
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