Construction at New York’s World Trade Center (WTC) site has met most of the interim milestones that were set last year keep the project on track, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) said yesterday.
PANYNJ detailed its achievements in its first quarterly report on progress at the site after new targets were set in October 2008 to try and keep the scheme on track.
Despite meeting eight of the nine major milestones for quarter 4 in 2008 PANYNJ and Silverstein Properties missed its deadline for excavations at the sites of Tower 2 and Tower 4.
Those milestones that have been met include installing 1,600t of steel for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, completing the foundation for One WTC - the Freedom Tower - and beginning procurement of 22,000t of steel needed for the WTC Transportation Hub.
PANYNJ also announced that it has achieved the first quarterly milestone for 2009 - the removal of the signature ramp that provided access from street level to bedrock in the Memorial area, allowing for steel installation to continue.
The major milestones were established as part of the World Trade Center Assessment - a review of all of the major public projects on the WTC site.
PANYNJ executive director Chris Ward said: “This first report signals important progress in the rebuilding effort. It also represents the Port Authority’s continuing effort to make this construction project more transparent and comprehensible so the public can track our progress and hold us accountable.
“But we have many more milestones to hit and we must continue working aggressively to meet every single one of them.”
The eight major milestones that have been met across the WTC site
Turnover of final WTC Transportation Hub construction documents to Phoenix Constructors
Start of procurement of 22,000t of structural steel for WTC Transportation Hub
Start of South Mezzanine steel installation at WTC Transportation Hub
Completion of steel installation in Sector 2 area (northern part of West Bathtub) of Memorial & Museum
Completion of pavilion structural design for Memorial & Museum
Mobilising contractors for constructing the foundation walls at the Vehicle Security Center
Completion of WTC One foundation work, which included pouring the equivalent amount of concrete needed for almost 100km of New York City sidewalk
Completion of South Core shear walls to grade at WTC One