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Coackley praises Ground Zero reconstruction

ICE president Richard Coackley praised those involved in the reconstruction of New York’s World Trade Center at a conference in Manhattan last week.

Speaking at the 2012 ICE Americas Convention, Coackley said the World Trade Center rebuild by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was “a rebuild effort like no other - honouring the past and anticipating the future”.

He added that the work undertaken to recover the PATH train tunnels under the site before the World Trade Center station or site development plans were agreed was exemplary.

The Americas Convention is a forum for knowledge sharing, discussion and networking, bringing together local and international industry leaders. This year’s theme focused on “the challenges of urbanisaton” and also gave delegates a chance to see the latest developments in the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.

Tappan Zee Bridge

Coackley highlighted projects such as the replacement of the 57 year old Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson river and transport projects such as New York’s Second Avenue subway. He also spoke of civil engineering projects across the Americas including the Panama Canal expansion that will allow ships twice the size of the current vessels to pass through, increasing its capacity.

“Projects like these epitomise the grandeur of American civil engineering and it makes me proud to know that so many of our members are playing a key role in their development.” he said.

On the challenges of urbanisation internationally, Coackley acknowledged that, as the world’s population grows, increasing urbanisation is inevitable, putting a strain on infrastructure networks and increasing demand for infrastructure.

He urged engineers to embrace the challenge. “The challenge for us as engineers is to innovate, keep up with the pace of demand and help to lay a foundation for sustainable living,” he said.

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