Rebuilding The World Trade Centre
We left the WTC Visitors Centre, almost next door was Ten House - with the logo "Still Standing" below the grill of the firetruck; the closest Fire House to the events of 9/11. The five men lost from this house that day are remembered on the brass plaque: Lt Greg Atlas, Lt Stephen Harrell, FF Paul Pansini, FF Jeff Olsen and FF Sean Talon. In their window was a huge poster showing all the faces of the New York Fire Fighters who lost their lives, so very sad.
There was also a brief history of "Tenhouse".
It was built in 1979. Engine company 10 was formed in 1865, its first location was on Beaver Street, after various other locations over a number of years was brought here to 124 Liberty Street in 1980. Ladder company 10 was formed on the 20th of October 1865, also on Beaver Street and again after several locations and a number of years came here to this building on the 1st of July 1984.
Yes this firehouse was here on Sept 11, the two companies were displaced a few months after but the firehouse remained the command centre for the remaining time of the recovery. Engine 10 and Ladder 10 remained in service but were relocated to neighbouring companies, this firehouse was then rebuilt and on the 5th of November 2003 "Tenhouse" was reopened. It is OK to take pictures but please remember that questions about Sept 11 tend to bring back horrible memories for many firefighters. Many members who were here on the 11th still work at this firehouse.
We stood for a little while at "Tenhouse" then crossed the road to see what was happening on what we knew as 'Ground Zero', not really sure what to expect. The whole area is behind builders safety fencing, the rebuilding sign was the first thing we saw followed by the "Flag of Honor", this has all the names of the victims of 9/11 written in the rows of the Stripes. Workers must go through tight security to get on to the construction site and their bags are searched.
We found a hole in the fence for this first picture
Symbolically 1 WTC is half way in time for the 10th Anniversary this September. Bear didn't fancy working on the cranes or the 'lift' (in the right hand picture). The lower levels of 1 WTC have no glass as yet, this is on purpose. In the next couple of years technology will have moved on producing stronger, self-cleaning, more secure and innovative windows. These lower levels will hold off until that time being the last to be glazed.
One World Trade Centre, more simply known as 1 WTC (during design phase was known as the Freedom Tower), is the lead building of the new World Trade Centre complex in the northwest corner of the World Trade Centre site, standing where the original 8-story 6 World Trade Centre once stood. Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings and foundations for the building began on the 27th of April 2006. On the 30th of March 2009, the Port Authority confirmed that the building would be known by its legal name of 'One World Trade Centre', rather than 'Freedom Tower'. Completion is set for the end of 2013, 1 WTC will be the tallest building in the US and the tallest all-office building in the world. The height of 1,776 feet is no accident, it was chosen as the year 1776 was American Independence. The total estimated budget has grown slightly from the 2007 estimate to $3.1 billion.
The WTC will feature three other high-rise office buildings along Greenwich Street, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The construction is an effort to memorialise and rebuild after the original World Trade Center complex was destroyed during the terrorist attacks 9/11.
Artists impressions of 1 WTC, 2 WTC and 3 WTC
The rest of the buildings when completed will be:
3 WTC Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Richard Rogers (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) was awarded the contract to design the building, which will be 1,155 feet. There have been controversies on size, shape and one point the Port Authority of new York and New Jersey would be a “stump” building of four floors. As of the 30th of July 2011, 3 WTC work is continuing with installing the first of the tower's foundations. This should be completed by the last quarter of 2011. Total estimated cost $2.75 billion.
Impression of 4 WTC and 7 WTC at work today
4 WTC at 947 feet will be the fourth tallest skyscraper on the site designed by architect Fumihiko Maki.
5 WTC will be developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In September 2006, as part of the Master Redevelopment Agreement for the World Trade Centre site, the Port Authority assumed responsibility for construction of this tower.
6 WTC was the US Customs House, a 537,693-square-foot, 8-story building, it was destroyed on 9/11. There is no clearly defined 6 World Trade Centre in the new World Trade Centre master plan; however, it is most likely that one will be eventually included and constructed parallel to the others in the plaza. The footprint of 1 WTC covers some of the original area where 6 WTC stood.
7 WTC. The original 7 World Trade Centre was 47 stories tall, the new 7 World Trade Centre construction began in 2002 and was completed in 2006. It is 52 stories tall and still situated above the Con Ed power substation.
Transportation Hub: The World Trade Centre PATH station originally opened on the 19th of July 1909 as the Hudson Terminal. When the Hudson Terminal was torn down to make way for the World Trade Centre, a new station was built, which opened in 1971. This station served as the terminus for the Newark-World Trade Centre and Hoboken-World Trade Centre routes until it was destroyed during the 11th of September 2001 attacks. A temporary station was built, which opened on the 23rd of November 2003.
With its spectacular soaring design, the new World Trade Centre (WTC) Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Transportation Hub promises not only to bring architectural beauty to downtown Manhattan but also to significantly improve mass-transit connections throughout the region. Designed by celebrated architect Santiago Calatrava, the transportation hub will feature pedestrian concourses to existing and future transportation services. Construction on the project began in 2007.
Located close to the northeast corner of the WTC site at Church and Fulton Streets (between Towers 2 and 3), the transportation hub is designed to accommodate 250,000 pedestrians per day - which corresponds to projected ridership numbers for 2025. (The temporary station can accommodate up to 50,000 daily pedestrians.) The transportation hub's innovative design features retractable 150-foot-high, glass-and-steel "wings" that will allow natural light to pass through to the rail platforms 60 feet below street level.
ALL IN ALL MARVELOUS TO STAND HERE AND WATCH THE MEN AT WORK REBUILDING THE WTC