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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:27 AM   #741
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holy shit never seen so many tractors in one spot

nice pics
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:35 AM   #742
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^ That's about only half of them on the whole site. If I recall correctly, about three years ago, a storage area was built at the center of the WTC site for lots of construction machinery. One by one over the past four years, they all arrived. I'm shocked that it only took them about a month to dig that massive hole, even if it was already half there from the attacks.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:46 AM   #743
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Good news that they will start soon. tower 2 and 3 are my favorites of this project.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:52 AM   #744
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too bad gas is so gd expensive in NYS, I would love to go down there.

Since last time I been there, the only thing I saw is big empty hole.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 10:59 PM   #745
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$9mil in fines...a head oughta roll for that...that's public money.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:12 PM   #746
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time to bring bigger man

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 11:18 PM   #747
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I love that pic.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #748
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The thing that amuses me is that the fine for the delay is $9 million (potentially), but in turn the contractor loses out on $10 million that they would have gotten if it was done on time. By my quick calculations, that means that the project will be about $1 million cheaper than if it was on schedule.

For Silverstein, the best case scenario would have been for the work to be finished one day late, but as it is this is money that has been budgeted for.

Edit: Oops, read that wrong, insert PA where I said Silverstein.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 12:47 AM   #749
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what the **** is this? it's huge!
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:19 AM   #750
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excavator

Warning: Some assembly required.

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Old January 4th, 2008, 05:12 AM   #751
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WOW, I figure this thing could've excavated, Tower(s) 2, 3, 4, and the station, site in two working day's...........!!!

Just imagine, in 75 years, these things will be rolling along the surface of the moon...!
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Old January 4th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #752
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75 years? how sad

btw is that actually real? lol
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Old January 4th, 2008, 08:52 AM   #753
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75 years is better than never. and hell, it could be sooner.

yeah, it's real.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:03 PM   #754
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So I googled about this excavator and found out (unsurprisingly) that it's the largest manmade moving vehicle...

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Largest Land Vehicle
The largest land vehicle is the 14,196 tonne (31.3 million lb) RB293 bucket wheel excavator, an earthmoving machine manufactured by MAN TAKRAF of Leipzig, Germany. Employed in an open-cast coal mine in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, it is 220 m (722 ft) long, 94.5 m (310 ft) tall at its highest point, and is capable of shifting 240,000 m³ (8.475 million ft³) of earth per day.
I've also read that it takes 5 years to assemble. How the hell is it gonna fit in the WTC site???

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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #755
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oh ohhh....looks like we have just seen the next 'Transformers II ' movie....New York cops it....again!
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Old January 4th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #756
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How the hell is it gonna fit in the WTC site???
Nevva! What a huge monster! Man powered?
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Old January 4th, 2008, 06:43 PM   #757
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lol well even it if can move as much earth as stated. people on here dont have the patience to wait 5 weeks let alone 5 years for some digging!
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http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_24...sdeadline.html
Volume 20, Number 34 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | Jan. 4 -10, 2008

Port misses deadline and says ‘worst’ construction noise is almost over

By Julie Shapiro


Image left by DBOX/Courtesy of Silverstein Properties Downtown Express photo right by Jefferson Siegel

Renderings of the Freedom Tower and World Trade Center Towers 2, 3, and 4, left. Construction work on the Tower 3 and 4 sites last week.


In a move that surprised few but angered many, the Port Authority waited until Dec. 31 to announce that excavation of the eastern World Trade Center bathtub would not be complete by the end of the year. The work may last into mid-February and could cost the Port Authority $13.5 million.

As recently as Dec. 26, Steve Coleman, Port Authority’s spokesperson, said the Port would meet the year-end deadline and turn the sites for Towers 3 and 4 over to Silverstein Properties, the developer that is building them.

But on Dec. 31, Anthony Shorris, the Port’s executive director, said there was more rock on the site than expected, requiring an extra four to six weeks of work.

“Every day on this project matters and we know that,” Shorris told Downtown Express in a telephone interview. “We want to get it done as fast as we can.”

The Port Authority is paying Silverstein $300,000 for each day of the delay, but the money will not come out of the Port’s budget, Shorris said. Had the excavation finished on time, the Port Authority would have paid its contractor a bonus of up to $10 million. Now, the money from will go to Silverstein instead. If the fees to Silverstein exceed $10 million, the Port Authority will look for ways to save money on other parts of the $16 billion World Trade Center project, Coleman said. The delay fees will cross the $10 million mark several days into February.

The delay will have “no net effect” on any part of the World Trade Center construction, Shorris added.

Silverstein Properties released a similar statement. “A few extra weeks to complete everything is a minor bump in the road in the context of this entire project,” Janno Lieber, director of World Trade Center development for Silverstein, said in the statement.

The Port Authority did not begin constructing the bathtub until after the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — over a year after the Port received nearly $500 million in federal money to build it.

The Port Authority will now work on finishing up the Tower 4 excavation, which is in the southeast corner of the site. That should take one to two weeks, Shorris said. As soon as the Port finishes that portion of the site, Silverstein will start working on the foundation of Tower 4, Shorris said. Coleman added that Silverstein’s work would not get in the way of the other projects on the site, since the Port is juggling so much construction already.

After turning over the Tower 4 site, the Port Authority will focus on Tower 3, to the north, which will take another three to four weeks. Silverstein will continue to collect the full $300,000 a day until both sites are ready for construction. In all, the excavation is 90 percent complete.

Tower 4, designed by Fumihiko Maki, will include 1.2 million square feet of city and Port Authority office space. Tower 3, designed by Richard Rogers, and Tower 4 will comprise most of the World Trade Center shopping complex.

Dara McQuillan, Silverstein’s spokesperson, said in a statement that he expects the Port to deliver the sites for Towers 3 and 4 “in the very near future.” Meanwhile, “We will advance procurement and other pre-construction activities, so we can hit the ground running as soon as the site preparation work is completed.”

The Port’s next deadline is June 30, 2008, when they will turn the Tower 2 site over to Silverstein or face similar penalties. That building is being designed by Norman Foster.

Catherine McVay Hughes, chairperson of the Community Board 1 World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, wished she’d been notified about the delay before Dec. 31. She also questioned the Port’s decision to rescind the contractor’s bonus.

“If there is no longer a bonus in place, what incentive is in place, then, for the contractors to get the job done as quickly as possible?” Hughes asked.

Hughes was also concerned that the penalty fees would affect the public.

“It would be a shame that people who use Port Authority’s services would have to carry the costs of this mis-estimation,” she said, citing toll increases.

Residents who live near ground zero are worried about another kind of cost: quality of life.

“I’m going absolutely crazy from the noise here,” said Pat Moore, a 125 Cedar St. resident and chairperson of the C.B. 1 Quality of Life Committee. “It’s just criminal…. We were already victimized on 9/11 by terrorists, and now we’re victimized again by the Port Authority.”

Although the Port halted the noisiest construction for Christmas and New Year’s Day, all the time leading up to and following the holidays was unbearable, ruining gatherings and making vacation time worthless, Moore said. She has had a headache for days. The persistent pounding keeps her awake through the night and then drowns out her alarm in the morning. “My nerves are completely shot,” she said.

“We understand the concern in the community,” Shorris said, adding that he is looking into noise-reducing technologies.

“The other thing we want to do is get it over with,” Shorris said, “get out of the business of drilling into big rocks and get into the business of building office buildings.”

The current work of excavating and building the concrete bathtub is louder than the subsequent construction of office buildings will be. “I feel some confidence that…this is the worst part,” Shorris said.

When told of Shorris’s reassurances, Moore replied, “What does that have to do with what we’re suffering through now? We’re not talking about type of noise, we’re talking about the time they’re making noise.”

Silverstein will construct Towers 3 and 4 during the day and will not mirror the Port’s round-the-clock shifts, spokesperson McQuillan said. However, Port Authority is still doing work throughout the World Trade Center site and has made no such promises, and Larry Silverstein’s firm will face its own construction deadlines down the road.

To address the residents’ complaints, City Councilmember Alan Gerson organized a meeting Wednesday evening between residents, Silverstein Properties, the Port Authority, State Sen. Martin Connor and aides to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

“We encouraged these people to remain and move back after 9/11,” Gerson said after the meeting. “We cannot subject them to 24 hours of excessive noise in their living spaces.”

Gerson said the Port Authority will respond within 48 hours to the residents’ request for a regular noise embargo during late-night and early-morning hours and during one weekend afternoon. The attendees also requested money for double-pane windows and wanted the Port Authority to explore noise abatement technology. In the meantime, the Port is already planning to muffle the high-pitched beeping of truck backup alarms and in the future will blast bedrock instead of jackhammering it.

Those plans mean progress, “But we need more,” Gerson said. “There needs to be an absolute commitment for a late-night and early-morning noise embargo.”

Gerson also asked the Port Authority and Silverstein executives to meet and work out a “creative modification” to their contract, ideally reducing the penalties the Port Authority would pay if noise reduction slows work at the site. “It’s a triple-win situation,” Gerson said of the potential revision.

Meanwhile, residents waiting for a solution are still facing continual noise.

“The last couple of weeks have been hellish,” said Steve Abramson, a 114 Liberty St. resident. “The amount of noise coming out of that site is unbelievable.” Even though Abramson has sound-modifying windows that face Cedar St., not Liberty St., the pounding still penetrates his apartment.

“Why should we suffer because they didn’t make the deadline?” Abramson asked. “We know this has to get done, and we’ll deal with it, but don’t kill us late at night and on weekends.”

The respite on New Year’s Day made Abramson realize how bad the noise is the rest of the time.

“It was such a pleasure, so noticeably quiet,” Abramson said. “It reminded me of when nothing was being worked on at the site.”

Residents of 90 West St. are also suffering through the noise.

“I’ve called 311 countless times, and they couldn’t care less,” said Jane Emanuel, who lives in 90 West with her 11-year-old son. Her 20th-floor apartment faces the World Trade Center site, and while her white noise machine masks some of the noise, it isn’t always enough. On the upside, Emanuel’s rent did not go up this year, which she called a “godsend” for her as a single mother. The quality of life issues, though, make the coup bittersweet.

“If they would just stop occasionally, one day a week,” Emanuel said, her voice trailing off. “It’s obnoxious.”

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Old January 5th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #759
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This tower is my favorite in New World Trade Center.
Two World Trade Center

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Old January 5th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #760
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It's still hard to believe how tall and massive they all are.


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