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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:33 AM   #9221
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 03:27 AM   #9222
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I had always thought it was way, way too early to start thinking about construction for the plaza structures, but it surely seems to me like they're preparing to cast the concrete for the plaza including the circular "pit" that will allow for the tree roots and dirt and whatever else needed for this plaza structure. Of course I don't expect them to actually plant the tree(s) in this location anytime soon (if they even do plant trees here... maybe it'll be a small waterfountain thing like outside WTC7), but it's kinda cool being able to look at the exact location for one of the Freedom Tower's plaza structures.
I'm not sure if its for trees or a water fountain:

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Old July 2nd, 2009, 03:32 AM   #9223
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wow, this is a greeeaat update! thanks IndiansUnite for these fantastic pics! And the quality of them is not so bad.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 04:19 AM   #9224
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Yes, thank you for the pictures IndiansUnite. Zen said the squares I was pointing out are going to be planters for trees, the renders seem to back that up. The north core jump also looks to be the next major project they are going to work on, we'll see. Thanks again, the camera is no problem at all. They look great.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 04:31 AM   #9225
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What a thorough update IndiansUnite! Thanks so much. Looks like all the works are up for the north core. I hope they'll be pouring concrete soon. The north pool in the memorial made a lot of progress in the last couple of days. Shouldn't be long till we can see the final outline of it.

Another month and I'll be in NYC myself. I can't wait to see the WTC site in person. Thanks again for posting the great pictures!! (keep em coming )
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 05:59 AM   #9226
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IndiansUnite... you are the man.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 08:54 AM   #9227
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Fantastic pictures. I recognize a lot of the ground level vantage points, but what building were you in to get the shots from overhead?
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 09:05 AM   #9228
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great up date by IndiansUnite, very clear picture...
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:32 PM   #9229
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For anyone who thinks they're working too slow, a video of the plaza pour.
http://link.brightcove.com/services/...id=28223601001
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 03:47 PM   #9230
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http://www.rebuildgroundzero.org/mod...am/rgz_000.jpg

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Old July 2nd, 2009, 06:47 PM   #9231
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Here we go.

More than 250,000 gallons of concrete were poured over 14 hours for 1 World Trade Center starting on Tuesday night, giving shape to the base of a large fountain on the plaza level and boxes where trees will be planted.

The concrete - which would be enough for six miles of city sidewalk - was brought in by 125 trucks and was the largest pour in the construction process to date. "You get a feel of what it looks like street level for the first time," said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In total, more than 4.5 million gallons have been poured.

"We have been spending the last year and a half building underground infrastructure," he said. "This finally gets the street level plaza being formed."

I can't wait for all of the nasty below grade work to end.

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Old July 2nd, 2009, 07:12 PM   #9232
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That gives you an idea of just how thick that pour was, for street level. All that green rebar wasn't for nothing. 125 trucks is just wow! Nice video, by the way. It gives us a good idea of where they're at on the project. They should be able to start moving up as soon as the rest of Vesey Street gets taken down.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 07:30 PM   #9233
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Construction Pour: One WTC Plaza Takes Shape


Wednesday, July 1, 2009, by Lockhart

Further evidence that the One World Trade Center tower will actually exist: this epic concrete pour, which, per Port Authority public relations executives, took 14 hours and used the equivalent of six miles worth of sidewalk concrete. This plaza, on the eastern side of One WTC, includes a fountain—see that large circle? Fountain!—and concrete boxes where Swamp White Oaks will one day grow. For the true concrete junkies amongst us, there's an epic two-minute time-lapse video of the pour. Pour, baby, pour!


http://curbed.com/archives/2009/07/0...akes_shape.php
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 07:47 PM   #9234
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Wow, great video. Nice find Nomadd22.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 08:28 PM   #9235
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Cheers folks. I'm glad I'm contributing to the visual updates on at least one of the forums. I'm off today and tomorrow, so the next time I take some pics would be on Monday.

adam-albany, I took those overhead shots from the 1 WFC.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 09:40 PM   #9236
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I truly hope those two articles are correct in saying that the circular pit is for a future fountain instead of just a group of trees (as depicted in the renderings). I like trees but God knows there are already plenty enough trees surrounding the Freedom Tower, and having more right smack in the middle of the plaza would probably just make it cluttered. So, I do hope it'll be a fountain. If you look at the close up pics it seems way too shallow for a tree root pit anyway... only a foot or so deep.

By the way, wouldn't it be cool if the circle were for... the SPHERE????? Man that would rock.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:32 AM   #9237
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The 18 foot circle is a planter, not a fountain (refer to drawings A-500 through A-504.4, for slab re-enforcement see drawing S-1.001 B-R) . It's only about 16 inches deep but gets a stepped wall around it. You can also see the rectangular planters between it and the perimeter columns.

Leave it to a reporter to measure cement in gallons while the rest of us use cubic yards. I guess 250,000 gallons sounds more impressive than 1,237 cubic yards . Still, it was a big pour.

They show the east plaza pour and a render of the west plaza DOH!

RKOwen, it would be very cool if it were for the sphere, who knows maybe they'll actually put it there.

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:43 AM   #9238
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That gives you an idea of just how thick that pour was, for street level. All that green rebar wasn't for nothing. 125 trucks is just wow! Nice video, by the way. It gives us a good idea of where they're at on the project. They should be able to start moving up as soon as the rest of Vesey Street gets taken down.
Almost 4 feet thick, and the beams are thicker.

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Old July 3rd, 2009, 03:26 AM   #9239
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adam-albany, I took those overhead shots from the 1 WFC.
Thanks for the info! And again, thanks for the shots.

New York Times: Gallons and Gallons of Concrete Shape Plaza at Ground Zero

I'm not sure if Lee plagarized from Lockhart, Lockhart plagarized from Lee, or if the PANYNJ announced that a foundation would be in the circular grooves where renderings show trees to be.

If it was a fountain, wouldn't there have to be some plumbing going up into it?
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 04:41 AM   #9240
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new T4 videos:
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