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Old 02-10-2012, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Dport7674 View Post
Seemed like no progress was being made for so long....then boom.
There's a reason for that--tons of work had been going on for years, but it simply wasn't visible to most people, and face it, the majority of people have no interest in how something is built. They just want it to appear.

You had a sixteen-acre, sixty-foot-deep site that had to be rebuilt from the bottom up, dealing with all the geotechnical issues of NYC soil and bedrock, keeping out an enormous river, with all the infrastructure and utilities that have to support everything above, all the while keeping the PATH station active as well as working around/supporting the 1/9 box through which the active subway line ran. It got to the point where there were more than 100 contractors and 2000 people per day working on site, yet people who couldn't see over the blue barricades were still asking "when are they going to do any work at the WTC" and talking about "nothing but a big hole in the ground".

Add to the mix the fact that in 2008 it was ordered by the politicians that the Memorial be opened on 9/11/11 no matter what--the Memorial being more or less the roof of the PATH station--and now they had to figure out a way to make sure the top of the project was done in less time than everything else below it could possibly be done. You don't sit down and figure that type of thing out in a day--literally thousands of contract drawings had to be redone to come up with a new design that would make the schedule. Obviously, this also added to the cost. It's not one guy sitting there at a drafting table doing this volume of work.

It is a pretty amazing and complex construction site made up of many individual and yet intertwined projects. One of the engineers once described it as being like pick-up sticks--one thing you touch affects everything else on the site. It's unique and interesting to the people who care about such things. There are people from all over the world watching this construction on sites like SkyscraperCity.com and checking the live webcams every day to see what's going on.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:27 PM
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Says the man who does not have to pay for it.
money is money
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