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NYguy
May 12, 2008, 9:48 PM
It they made any changes to this one, I would hope it was just to add the 25 ft neccessary to bring this one up to supertall status. With 3 other supertalls nearby, the extra 25 ft won't hurt.

aluminum
May 12, 2008, 10:38 PM
this building is really dull
BORING:slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob: :slob:
PLEASE CHANGE IT BEFORE IT GETS BUILT:hell:


I think it'll be one of the BEST looking boxes in NYC. Please don't call it dull just because its a box.

I just don't get it, why do so many people have prejudice against a 'box' ?:shrug:

Dac150
May 12, 2008, 10:42 PM
I just don't get it, why do so many people have prejudice against a 'box' ?:shrug:

I happen to think that the 'box' is the skyscraper in its most true form. I love international box architecture. This building is just that only in the 21st Century.

NYguy
May 12, 2008, 10:50 PM
I happen to think that the 'box' is the skyscraper in its most true form. I love international box architecture. This building is just that only in the 21st Century.

I love boxes. This one has a few subtle touches.

NYguy
May 12, 2008, 10:54 PM
Overall site photo (towers 1-4). Tower 4 site is upper left.

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/wtcsite%20may%202008_big.jpg
wtcrising.com

Dac150
May 12, 2008, 11:15 PM
These will shoot up from out of the ground in no time. We're close.

NYguy
May 12, 2008, 11:36 PM
These will shoot up from out of the ground in no time. We're close.

Just think, by the end of next month in just a small area of Downtown Manhattan, there will be at least two 900 footers (possible 3 with Beekman) and three 1,000 footers under construction.

Dac150
May 12, 2008, 11:40 PM
Just think, by the end of next month in just a small area of Downtown Manhattan, there will be at least two 900 footers (possible 3 with Beekman) and three 1,000 footers under construction.

It's really a beautiful thought. I cannot wait until that gap in the skyline in once again filled. It's been a long while. Only this time it'll return better than ever.:yes:

America 117
May 13, 2008, 12:51 AM
I think it'll be one of the BEST looking boxes in NYC. Please don't call it dull just because its a box.

I just don't get it, why do so many people have prejudice against a 'box' ?:shrug:

well it is dull but not that dull i just think they could be a little more creative:yes:

America 117
May 13, 2008, 12:56 AM
and i gess it will be a very good backround supertall

P.S. it is a supertall right?:shrug:

aluminum
May 13, 2008, 12:57 AM
well it is dull but not that dull i just think they could be a little more creative:yes:
We'll see exactly how creative they are when we see the facade ;)

Sometimes, the design and shape of a building is absolutely beautiful, but the facade turns out to be just :yuck: ;just like in the case of One Bryant Park. And the opposite can also happen.

The beauty and creativity of a skyscraper not only depends on the design/shape but also the facade.

Dac150
May 13, 2008, 1:02 AM
I'm really banking on that they'll throw in the additional 25ft. I mean, what's 25ft when you already have 975ft. Obviously nothing, but not always in the eyes of a New York developer.

aluminum
May 13, 2008, 1:05 AM
^ I agree. I mean, whats wrong with having 4 supertalls on WTC site ? :shrug:

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:05 AM
It's really a beautiful thought. I cannot wait until that gap in the skyline in once again filled. It's been a long while. Only this time it'll return better than ever.:yes:

i know. alot of new yorkers are rejecting the new world trade center because all they know in the skyline are the twin towers and we all miss the Twin Towers but if we build them back i will just remind us of what happend i hate to say it but it really is time to move on i wish i could of seen them.:(
but i do wish they would build a freedom tower twin towers.:yes:


dont forget the twin towers:( :(

Dac150
May 13, 2008, 1:12 AM
alot of new yorkers are rejecting the new world trade center

Actually no. Many of the 'New Yorkers' I know and come in contact with are embracing the New WTC and are looking foward to its completion. The Twins will always be remembered and missed, but part of being a New Yorker is staying strong and moving on.

--Back on topic.

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:14 AM
^ I agree. I mean, whats wrong with having 4 supertalls on WTC site ? :shrug:

i think that there are 4 supertalls. world trade center 4 [AKA the one i called dull]is a supertall i think:rolleyes:

Dac150
May 13, 2008, 1:15 AM
^ I agree. I mean, whats wrong with having 4 supertalls on WTC site ? :shrug:

With all that Larry has on his plate, making 4 WTC a 'supertall' is not on the top of his list. Perhaps it'll cross his mind down the road, but for now a 975' tower isn't bad in my book. Would four be nice, sure it would, bet we've done good overall.:yes:

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:17 AM
Actually no. Many of the 'New Yorkers' I know and come in contact with are embracing the New WTC and are looking foward to its completion. The Twins will always be remembered and missed, but part of being a New Yorker is staying strong and moving on.

--Back on topic.

when i go to youtube they say that they hate the freedom tower.
but i dont know if they are talking about the old freedom tower or the new one.

P.S. im sorry but the old freedom tower was butt ugly:yuck:

Dac150
May 13, 2008, 1:19 AM
when i go to youtube they say that they hate the freedom tower.
but i dont know if they are talking about the old freedom tower or the new one.

P.S. im sorry but the old freedom tower was butt ugly:yuck:

I know you're new here, but lets try to keep the thread on topic. Remember, this is 4 WTC, not the Freedom Tower.

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:21 AM
this is a little off topic but i want to post pixs from the internet how do i do it

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:22 AM
I know you're new here, but lets try to keep the thread on topic. Remember, this is 4 WTC, not the Freedom Tower.

sorry sorry
BACK ON TOPIC :)

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:26 AM
is world trade center 4 going to have an observation deck too
or is it too small?

America 117
May 13, 2008, 1:37 AM
but the view wold look cool looking up from that angle:D

NYguy
May 16, 2008, 12:21 PM
http://nysun.com/news/new-york/port-authority-negotiating-avoid-paying-silverstein-fees

Port Authority Is Negotiating To Avoid Paying Silverstein Fees

By PETER KIEFER
May 16, 2008

In order to avoid paying millions of dollars in late fees, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking to adjust part of the layout of a building planned for ground zero to accommodate developer Larry Silverstein, sources said.

It is unlikely the Port Authority will be able to meet the June 30 deadline to turn over a building site at ground zero to Silverstein Properties, which controls a lease on the property. When a development deal was signed in September 2006, the Port Authority agreed to pay the developer a late fee of $300,000 a day until it could hand over cleared building sites.

In February, six weeks after a similar deadline, the Port Authority owed Silverstein Properties about $14 million in late fees because it failed to prepare another building site by the agreed-upon deadline. Now, the Port Authority is said to be negotiating with Silverstein Properties to waive the late fees in exchange for several possible concessions, including altering the floor plates of the future office building known as Tower 3. Enlarging the floor plates would make the office space more amenable to major financial service companies, which need open space to accommodate trading floors. Mr. Silverstein is said to be attempting to lure Merrill Lynch to be an anchor tenant in one of its towers.

One possible use that is being negotiated, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, is an expanded or even multilevel trading floor — an idea that had been floated by Mr. Silverstein in the past. It would be in keeping with his stated goal of turning the World Trade Center site into a new financial center that would rival Midtown.

In March, Mr. Silverstein laid out a detailed construction schedule that stretches across the next four years. Silverstein Properties would build towers 2, 3, and 4, with all three expected to reach street level along Church Street within a year. By the middle of 2010, towers 3 and 4 would reach their maximum heights, with Tower 2 following in 2011, according to the plan. The three skyscrapers would offer a total of 7.6 million square feet of office space. Last month, construction commenced on towers 3 and 4 at the World Trade Center site after years of delays.

If the Port Authority did incur new late fees, it would add to the increasing number of financial penalties tied to delays in rebuilding ground zero. The state is attempting to renegotiate a deal with Goldman Sachs, which could be refunded up to $321 million from the city and state for construction delays at the former World Trade Center site. Mayor Bloomberg said the city would avoid paying its share of the penalties for development delays at the site, but he left open the possibility that the state could owe Goldman Sachs tens of millions of dollars.

“We are working to meet the deadline,” a spokeswoman for the Port Authority, Candace McAdams, said yesterday.

A spokesman for Silverstein Properties, Bud Perrone, declined to comment.

Port Authority officials have indicated they are interested in taking control of the troubled Moynihan Station project in Midtown, and Governor Paterson and Senator Schumer have encouraged the bistate agency to do so. Mr. Bloomberg has said the Port Authority’s delays in rebuilding at ground zero are proof that it should not take on another large construction project.

Lecom
May 16, 2008, 8:30 PM
Why don't they give concessions of pushing 4WTC to over 1000 feet while they're at it. It wouldn't take much, just add 2-3 floors, which will also add to their precious floor space.

NYguy
May 17, 2008, 11:19 AM
Why don't they give concessions of pushing 4WTC to over 1000 feet while they're at it. It wouldn't take much, just add 2-3 floors, which will also add to their precious floor space.

Yeah, if they're gonna increase the size of tower 3, they may as well increase tower 4.

aluminum
May 17, 2008, 10:52 PM
delete

NYguy
Aug 1, 2008, 5:06 AM
Foundation work...

http://wtc.com/uploads/images/712x534/14_38_T4-July-7-2008-(3)1.jpg

theWatusi
Aug 1, 2008, 11:16 AM
looks to be a deep hole to me

Lecom
Aug 1, 2008, 1:23 PM
looks to be a deep hole to me

What a keen observation.

FrancoRey
Aug 1, 2008, 4:56 PM
:haha: Oh dear. Here we go again.

Either way, I can't wait to see some caisson and foundation work. Then the steel rises; that's the best part! I love this building. The whole complex has great designs, even though this one may be the most bland.

theWatusi
Aug 1, 2008, 5:00 PM
What a keen observation.

your welcome :)

NYguy
Aug 1, 2008, 6:06 PM
I can't wait to see some caisson and foundation work.

They have been preparing the site for foundation work for some time now...we should be nearing the final stages.

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/SPI%20WTC,%20Tower%203,%20Week%20of%20July%201%2008%20(2)_big.jpg


http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/SPI%20WTC,%20Tower%204,%20July%201%2008%20(4)_big.jpg

NYguy
Aug 1, 2008, 6:55 PM
From one corner to another...

By joelhaasnoot (http://flickr.com/photos/mochilla/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3198/2721178006_5e54754760_b.jpg

pattali
Aug 20, 2008, 11:42 AM
Is it time to change Tower4 U/C according to this photo ?
( From Joewoolhead )

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__LTbulstB2...h/4J9Z0281.JPG

I clearly see concrete and rebar like fondations close to the wall

NYC4Life
Aug 20, 2008, 6:15 PM
^^^

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meh_cd
Aug 20, 2008, 8:39 PM
^^^

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Fixed

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__LTbulstB24/SKXT7VmAz6I/AAAAAAAAAbo/we-56jJ2Ryo/s1600-h/4J9Z0281.JPG

NYC4Life
Aug 21, 2008, 5:50 PM
Fixed

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__LTbulstB24/SKXT7VmAz6I/AAAAAAAAAbo/we-56jJ2Ryo/s1600-h/4J9Z0281.JPG

Talk about a "lack" of progress :jester:

Ghost
Sep 6, 2008, 6:45 PM
Pics from wtcrising.com:

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/T4%20Site_2_Sept%202008_big.jpg

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/T4%20Site_Sept%202008_big.jpg

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/Rock%20excavation%20at%20Tower%204%20site_big.jpg

By the way, where's NYguy disappeared? We need his updates...

Lecom
Sep 6, 2008, 7:31 PM
Pics from wtcrising.com:

http://www.wtcrising.com/images/FE/chain217siteType8/site187/client/photoGallery/189/T4%20Site_2_Sept%202008_big.jpg


Piles in the ground? Sweet, it's now officially u/c by any standards.

androo3
Sep 24, 2008, 5:30 PM
NYC Trade Center dig exposes Ice Age landscape

NEW YORK - Crews excavating the World Trade Center site this summer for the foundations of a new skyscraper have uncovered features carved into the bedrock by glaciers about 20,000 years ago, including a 40-foot-deep pothole.

Exposing the solid rock beneath at the ground zero site in lower Manhattan is critical for supporting what will be Tower 4 of the new World Trade Center, being built by Silverstein Properties.

"You want to make sure you're not perching something on a ledge," said Anthony Pontecorvo, a supervising structural engineer at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, which is working on the project.

NYguy
Oct 3, 2008, 11:07 AM
From army.arch (http://flickr.com/photos/army_arch/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/2908981550_b7319917a8_b.jpg

NYguy
Oct 13, 2008, 11:18 PM
A presence at the new WTC

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/104519099/large.jpg

NYC4Life
Oct 14, 2008, 3:58 AM
7 WTC looks so small compared to these "Giants" that await its company.

NYguy
Oct 21, 2008, 9:39 PM
wtc.com

http://wtc.com/uploads/images/712x534/14_38_T4-Oct-1-2008.jpg


http://wtc.com/uploads/images/712x534/14_38_T3,-T4-Oct-1-2008.jpg

Ilex
Oct 21, 2008, 10:14 PM
I'm starting to warm up to this tower. It may be the most plain and smallest of the four, but it has that 'underdog charm' to it.

colemonkee
Oct 21, 2008, 11:00 PM
^ It also has ginormous floor plates for about 2/3 of the building. Look at the size of the footprint compared to, say, 7WTC. I'd think this would be very attractive for businesses that need large floor areas.

NYguy
Oct 21, 2008, 11:35 PM
^ It also has ginormous floor plates for about 2/3 of the building. Look at the size of the footprint compared to, say, 7WTC. I'd think this would be very attractive for businesses that need large floor areas.

Maybe, but about 1/3 will be for the Port Authority (it will be their new headquarters) and another 1/3 will be for some City offices. That leaves about 1/3 left. Similarly, the Freedom Tower will house Federal and State offices, as well as the China Center. That leaves towers 2 and 3 (and possibly 5) for companies that might want consolidated offices or a signature headquarters.

NYguy
Nov 2, 2008, 10:35 PM
NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Future

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/85146452/original.jpg

Present

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/105386757/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/105386776/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/90034612/large.jpg

Duffstuff129
Nov 7, 2008, 11:43 PM
I never quite understood why people give this building so much heat. It may be simple in design, but it seems (to me) to have a very powerful and robust presence that adds flavor to the WTC without screaming "LOOK AT ME" like WTC3.

NYC4Life
Nov 9, 2008, 9:18 PM
By: GreenwichBoy (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/member.php?u=8720) - Wired New York

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6525&d=1226256868

NYguy
Nov 18, 2008, 12:17 AM
Foundation work continues...

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/106056855/original.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/106056871/original.jpg

America 117
Nov 18, 2008, 1:24 AM
WOW, im so excited !!!
7 years and were finally starting to see things go vertical!!!!!!!!!

chex
Nov 18, 2008, 4:32 AM
great pix, nice to see this one coming up!

NYC4Life
Nov 18, 2008, 7:19 PM
Great progress, and just the beginning of what will be an incredibly active site.

NYC2ATX
Nov 19, 2008, 9:00 PM
Call me a cynic, but I'm actually astounded to see something bubbling at the bottom of that hole that has all the earmarks of a new building's foundation. It's like, "Wow, this really IS happening, isn't it.." :eeekk:

CHAPINM1
Nov 19, 2008, 11:20 PM
At this rate towers 1 and 4 will be WELL beyond towers 2 and 3!!!

NYguy
Nov 20, 2008, 9:34 AM
At this rate towers 1 and 4 will be WELL beyond towers 2 and 3!!!

That's true, and that's a good thing because towers 1 and 4 have a mojority of their spaces spoken for, while 2 and 3 have no tenants to speak of yet.

NYguy
Nov 27, 2008, 2:33 AM
http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_291/silversteinexec.html

Silverstein exec is ‘frustrated’ with Port’s W.T.C. progress

http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_291/wreck.jpg

Silverstein Properties maintains this wall, built by the Port Authority, is in the way of its construction of Tower 4 on the World Trade Center site, but the Port says the wall is outside the property line. The dispute is in arbitration. Silverstein’s 7 W.T.C. is the tower in the background.


By Julie Shapiro
Nov. 28 - Dec. 4, 2008


Janno Lieber, head of World Trade Center construction for Silverstein Properties, has no tolerance for unnecessary delays.

When a projector wasn’t ready for his testimony at a City Council hearing Friday, Lieber decided to start without it.

“I don’t want to kill time,” he said. “It’s the one thing I…I refuse to waste time.”

That characteristic surfaced again and again as Lieber spoke about both the progress and the uncertainty at the World Trade Center site, where Silverstein is charged with building Towers 2, 3 and 4. Lieber responded to City Councilmember Alan Gerson’s questions, painting a picture of a company quivering with anticipation to plow forward.

“Our organization is not interested in dragging this out,” Lieber said. “We want to keep the construction we have underway going. We’ve got both general contractors and subcontractors hired, on board, ready to go.”

But all the energy in the world can’t change the fact that Silverstein’s towers will not rise in a vacuum. They are dependent on many of the projects the Port Authority is building: the PATH hub, the Vehicle Security Center and a new Greenwich St., along with utilities and other infrastructure. The memorial, which the Port is also building, has a less direct effect on the office construction.

The Port announced a revised timeline for those projects in October, with dates years later than had previously been publicized. Lieber said he is still trying to figure out how those delays will impact Silverstein’s towers. That is a particularly difficult task because the Port has not released the data and risk assessments that produced the new dates, Lieber said.

“We are all wondering and getting kind of frustrated with the progress, and rightfully so,” Lieber said.

But Lieber pointed out that in the meantime, work at Tower 4, in the southeast corner of the site, is going forward at full speed, with the below-street-level appearance changing week by week. Tower 4 will be complete by the second or third quarter of 2012, Lieber said.

That is, unless the construction hits a wall — literally. The Port Authority was supposed to excavate the Tower 4 site, but rather than clearing it entirely, they put up a 400-foot wall right where the western columns of Tower 4 will go, Lieber said. The wall holds back a mound of land beneath the No. 1 subway box — land the Port was also supposed to excavate, Lieber said.

“They weren’t able to get it done, so they put up the wall, and for whatever reason they elected to put up that wall smack on the foundation,” Lieber said.

The wall hasn’t slowed Tower 4 construction yet, but it could if it stays there.

A Port Authority official said the wall is outside the Tower 4 footprint, and it will stand until the Port excavates beneath the No. 1 subway and braces it with steel.

“The issue is whether the wall is on Silverstein’s property or our property,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’re saying it’s on our property.”

The question of the property line could be an expensive one. Over the summer, the Port was paying Silverstein $300,000 a day for missing the June 30 deadline of turning over the sites for Tower 2 and a piece of Tower 4. The Port stopped paying in October, saying the sites were ready. Silverstein contends that the sites are not ready and that the Port still ought to be paying the daily penalty.

Silverstein and the Port could not resolve the dispute on their own, so they entered arbitration this week. A binding judgment will likely come next week, the Port said.

This will not be the last time the Port Authority’s work affects Silverstein’s towers. No matter how quickly Silverstein builds Towers 2, 3 and 4, the space will be impossible to rent if it still sits in the middle of a construction site.

“Companies want to come to a place that feels finished,” Lieber said.

The city and Port have committed to lease 600,000 square feet each in Tower 4, which will fill two-thirds of the building.

Lieber spoke Friday of the many pieces of the site that will need to be in place for the towers to open — and all of them are outside of Silverstein’s direct control. Silverstein will need access to loading docks through the Vehicle Security Center, which will not be done until 2012. The new PATH hub will help attract office tenants, but it’s not scheduled to open until the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014.

“We’re working with the Port Authority to try to figure out how reliable those new dates are,” Lieber said. “Then we will have a discussion with them about how that impacts our schedule.”

One of the largest question marks in Lieber’s mind is Greenwich St., the front door to Silverstein’s towers. In October, the Port announced a new top-down construction of Greenwich St. that would allow it to open by the end of 2012, but Lieber said he has not seen details of how the top-down method will work. The Port is working out the details of the design, but the sooner they can share it, the better, Lieber said.

“If any adjustments need to be made because of their new top-down [construction], it needs to be addressed very, very quickly,” Lieber said. “So we’re urging them to pick up the pace on that dialogue.”

Greenwich St. is a particularly complicated project because of the layers of infrastructure: mechanical space and parking on the bottom, then the No. 1 subway line, then utilities, then the streetscape itself.

“It is the north-south spine of this project,” Lieber said. “So it is very, very clear that you cannot have a functioning rebuilt World Trade Center if Greenwich St. is not finished and operable.”

Steve Coleman, spokesperson for the Port Authority, did not comment on Lieber’s requests for information sharing. When Chris Ward, Port executive director, outlined a new direction for the W.T.C. rebuilding last summer, transparency and stakeholder cooperation were two of his key points. And while the stakeholders did meet over the summer, communication has apparently grown less frequent since then.

At Silverstein’s towers, construction schedules for Towers 2 and 3 are behind Tower 4, and Lieber could not say Friday whether they would open by 2013 and 2014, as was planned. The dates will depend on work on the rest of the site. Work at Tower 3 was on hold for several months earlier this year while Silverstein negotiated with Merrill Lynch over a possible redesign, but that deal fell through.

During Friday’s hearing, Gerson repeatedly asked Lieber if the financial downturn would prevent Silverstein from raising the money to build his towers. And, repeatedly, Lieber said it would not.

Usually, builders of office towers must secure tenants in order to secure private construction financing. But Silverstein already has the money to build the towers, a combination of Liberty Bonds and insurance funds, Lieber said. That gives Silverstein the flexibility to build even during a poor economy, and find tenants later. Across from the Trade Center site, Silverstein built 7 W.T.C. using the same financing method.

One potential wrinkle is that Liberty Bonds are set to expire at the end of 2009, which would not give Silverstein enough time to sell them. Usually the bonds are sold near the end of the construction process, not the beginning, so it would be hard to find buyers within the next year. The Port Authority is speaking to Congress about extending the 2009 deadline, said Coleman, the Port spokesperson.

The question remains, though, of who Silverstein’s tenants will be. Silverstein is building trading floors, though few financial companies are looking to expand now.

“We’re not building for this market,” Lieber said. “We’re building for another market five years from now. It may be good, it may be not, but it’s a different market.”

All of Silverstein’s towers could be used as conventional office space if the financial sector is still suffering in five years.

Lieber, though, is more optimistic.

“New York is going to come back gangbusters,” he said.

NYC4Life
Nov 27, 2008, 7:21 PM
Just like before, the P.A. hinders progress.

StarScraperCity
Nov 27, 2008, 8:08 PM
I can't wait to see this one rise eventually. I like it every bit as much as the others, because it isn't really trying to fight for attention. I love how it's the tower's simplicity that makes it stand out.

NYguy
Dec 12, 2008, 5:48 PM
Though work here hasn't been delayed, Silverstein still received a victory over the Port Authority regarding site turnover:

http://panynj.com/AboutthePortAuthority/PressCenter/PressReleases/PressRelease/index.php?id=1169

STATEMENT BY THE PORT AUTHORITY AND SILVERSTEIN PROPERTIES ON ARBITRATION DECISION REGARDING WTC SITE 2 AND 4

Date: December 12, 2008


"The arbitration panel ruled that work must continue on World Trade Center sites 2 and 4 in order to complete the Port Authority’s site turnover obligations, and as a result the panel reinstated liquated damages effective to October 5. In anticipation of this ruling, the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties had already begun working cooperatively to resolve the outstanding issues that remain.

"The arbitration process quickly resolved this dispute, working exactly as intended, and we appreciate the hard work and professionalism of the three-member panel. Both parties remain 100 percent committed to delivering on our shared commitment to rebuild the World Trade Center. We are also pleased that in their ruling the arbitrators recognized the joint cooperation that has and will continue to exist between the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties in resolving the myriad of complex construction issues that have arisen and will inevitably arise as construction moves forward.

"The Port Authority also has informed Silverstein Properties that it will not meet its December 31, 2008 deadline for the final site turnover obligations, which include tracts of land for Towers 2 and 3 that abut the Number 1 subway box and temporary World Trade Center PATH Station. We will work jointly to resolve the issues that will cause this last deadline to be missed."

ARBITRATION DECISION SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

With respect to Site 4, by changing its plan for excavation under and support of the subway box, and by erecting the soldier pile wall, the PA has neither completed the East Bathtub Preparatory Work nor delivered Site 4 in Construction-Ready Condition.

________________________________


With respect to Site 2:

-Caissons. Lack of MTA approval for installation of the caissons prevents Site 2 from being in Construction-Ready Condition.

-Access. SPI's claim of being denied uninterrupted access is rejected under the conditions now prevailing at the site.

-Void. SPI's claim with respect to the void is sustained; the PA is obligated to remove the bracing materials and other construction remnants and to backfill the void.

-Rock bolts. The PA is required to "burn off' the rock-bolt projections in the North Slurry Wall of the East Bathtub.

-Tie backs. The work having been completed, this problem is moot.

-Rock Ledge. For lack of sufficient evidence, the panel does not rule, but instead assumes that if there is a problem the parties will work it out without further assistance from the panel.

-Demobilization. Since that process has now been completed, the issue is moot at this time.


The panel finds and concludes that due to the conditions on the sites as discussed above,

The PA's October 5, 2008 Certification of Final Site Completion for Site 4 did not effectively constitute a final turnover of Site 4.

The PA's October 5, 2008 Certification of Partial Site Completion for Site 2 did not effectively constitute a partial turnover of Site 2.

A certificate of partial completion of Site 2 or of final completion of Site 4 may not properly be issued until the conditions identified in this decision have been cured or otherwise agreed to by the parties.

Liquidated damages owed by the PA to SPI have continued to run since October 5, 2008, and must be paid promptly by the PA, with applicable interest to the date of payment.

As noted above, the PA is charged with paying the fees and expenses of the arbitrators.


Final note.

The panel notes that in developing the design for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center, and in preparing the MDA and its related agreements, the parties have admirably cooperated in facing and resolving many of the conflicts and problems that arose. We commend them in this effort. Now that they are into actual construction, that level of cooperation must not only continue but increase, particularly in communicating with respect to problems as soon as they arise, so that efficient and practical adjustments and solutions can be developed with minimal difficulty.

Through a continued and applied spirit of cooperation throughout the construction process, the PA and SPI should be able to complete as quickly as reasonably possible the entire redevelopment project, not only as a revitalized commercial center for New York City, but also as a symbol for the entire nation of the indomitable American spirit and its determination to rise above and overcome the tragedy of 9/11.

CHAPINM1
Dec 12, 2008, 9:12 PM
How's the progress of this one coming? From pictures taken 1 to 2 weeks ago I'd guess that this one should be above street level by possibly March or April!

NYguy
Dec 13, 2008, 12:33 PM
How's the progress of this one coming? From pictures taken 1 to 2 weeks ago I'd guess that this one should be above street level by possibly March or April!

I don't remember the exact schedule, but I wouldn't hope for anything before summer, possibly fall.

NYguy
Dec 13, 2008, 12:48 PM
Tower 4 hasn't really been delayed, but you know how the media loves those "WTC delay" stories...

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN1245855120081212

World Trade Center rebuilding faces new delays

Fri Dec 12, 2008
By Joan Gralla

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The New York-New Jersey Port Authority will miss another deadline for rebuilding the World Trade Center and must resume paying developer Larry Silverstein $300,000 a day in penalties until it finishes preparing his sites, both parties said on Friday.

Silverstein is building three office towers and the Port Authority is building the 1,776-foot (541-meter) Freedom Tower, which will not be delayed, an agency spokeswoman said.

"The Freedom Tower is on track and is rising," she said. The Freedom Tower, designed to symbolize New York's revival after the Sept. 11 attacks, should open in 2013, four years later than originally planned.

Silverstein's towers, which will encircle the memorial, may now be delayed further though the agency stressed it was cooperating, instead of clashing, with the developer.

"We're still determining any impact, but we're working together to minimize any potential delays," the Port Authority spokeswoman said.

The Port Authority also said it will miss a Dec. 31 deadline for additional site preparation, including tracts of land for two of Silverstein's towers.

These are Tower 2, designed by architect Norman Foster, who topped it with four diamond-shaped towers, and Tower 3, whose facade designed by Richard Rogers features diagonal supports.

After missing a July deadline, the Port Authority later said it had finished preparing some sites, but Silverstein contested the work and arbitrators ruled in his favor.

The ruling reinstated penalties that help offset the $215,000 a day in rent the developer pays the Port Authority.

Disputes about insurance, design, security and the memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who died when the World Trade Center was destroyed have added years to the rebuilding process.

Silverstein and the agency rewrote their contract in 2006, adding deadlines and penalties. The agency missed its first deadline in February and finished that work 48 days late.

In March, New York Gov. David Paterson inherited the project from two predecessors and chose a new overseer to clear logjams.

Arbitrators on Friday ruled the agency failed to finish the part of the anti-flooding support wall and failed to finish site work for Tower 4, which Japan's Fumihiko Maki designed with a metallic mesh to echo Manhattan's Chrysler building.

The agency's effort to speed the work by modifying supports for a subway that runs through the site caused the delay.

Arbitrators also ruled that the Tower 2 site was not ready because the state agency that runs the subway had not approved plans.

The Port Authority wants the U.S. government to extend a 2009 deadline for Liberty Bonds, tax-free debt approved to help fund the project. The credit crunch that has halted many New York City developments makes those bonds especially attractive.

NYguy
Dec 16, 2008, 2:01 PM
http://www.nypost.com/seven/12162008/business/20_ft__wall_holds_up_tower_4_144446.htm

20-FT. WALL HOLDS UP TOWER 4

http://www.nypost.com/img/cols/stevecuozzo.jpg

December 16, 2008

WHEN the Port Au thority and Larry Silverstein announced last week's arbitration decision involving World Trade Center construction, the big news was the $50 million in penalties the PA must pay Silverstein over delays in turning the sites over.

What matters more to the public, however, is the impact on Tower 4 - the first of three skyscrapers that Silverstein is to build at Ground Zero.

After all, there's still a World Trade Center to rebuild - to some extent irrespective of the financial meltdown and a widely predicted lack of demand for new office space.

Tower 4 is the smallest of the new structures, but it's still a massive, $1 billion-plus project with 64 floors with 1.8 million square feet of office space.

Even ardent enthusiasts of getting all the towers up as soon as possible recognize that the PA and Silverstein might have to recalibrate the time frame for sites 2 and 3.

But the Fumihiko Maki-designed Tower 4 is another story. The PA has committed to leasing one-third of its 1.8 million square feet to use as its headquarters.

Silverstein also has an option "to require" the city to lease 600,000 square feet more.

With so much going for it, New Yorkers expect to see it rising skyward by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack.

But a wall the PA put up to shore up the earth beneath the No. 1 train subway line box stands on the western side of the Tower 4 site - causing the arbitrators to say the PA did not deliver the site to Silverstein "in construction-ready condition" by a deadline earlier this year.

Sources familiar with the project say the wall "impedes the footings and foundation" on the Greenwich Street side. Until the PA can get rid of the wall, it will potentially have a serious impact on the tower's completion date.

"The footings and foundation are basically done except for where the wall is," said a source familiar with the project.

"If Silverstein could go full-bore, it would probably be done in 2012. If they dismantle the wall fairly soon - like next spring - they might be able to accelerate things and still make the deadline.

"But if it takes longer, who knows?"

Silverstein reps declined to comment. PA spokesman Steve Sigmund said, "There is ongoing construction on the Tower 4 foundation and the wall is not an impediment to that construction.

"The two portions of the retaining wall that need issues resolved make up about 20 to 25 feet of the approximately 200-foot wall. We are working with Silverstein on how to resolve the issues on these parts of the wall to support the foundation footings."

NYguy
Dec 19, 2008, 5:33 AM
http://downtownexpress.com/de_294/panelrules.html

Panel rules Port owes Silverstein millions

http://downtownexpress.com/de_294/const.jpg

The concrete core of Tower 4 is rising, but Silverstein Properties will not be able to install several structural columns until the Port Authority demolishes a wall, visible at the back of this photo.



By Julie Shapiro
December 19-25, 2008

The Port Authority had to pay Silverstein Properties more than $20 million in penalties after failing to deliver pieces of the World Trade Center site.

Independent arbitrators ruled last week that the Port did not correctly prepare the sites for Towers 2 and 4, which the Port was supposed to turn over to Silverstein at the end of last June so Silverstein can build the towers. For every day the sites are late, the Port has to pay Silverstein $300,000.

The Port claimed the sites were ready in October and stopped paying the penalty, but Silverstein objected, pointing to a 200-foot wall sitting in the way of Tower 4’s foundation.

A panel of three arbitrators decided that Silverstein was right and said the Port had to resume paying the daily penalty, plus interest. The Port paid October and November’s penalties and will pay the December penalty at the end of the month, spokesperson Steve Coleman said.

The Port is now working on a plan to dismantle two 25-foot sections of the wall, but Coleman could not give a timeline for that work. The wall shores up part of the No. 1 subway box.

Work on Tower 4 is well underway, with Silverstein pouring the concrete core that will house the elevators and staircases. But Silverstein will not be able to install several of the tower’s structural columns as long as the wall stays in place. The tower is scheduled to open in 2012, but unless the Port gets the wall down soon, that date could slip, a source familiar with the project said.

While the Port contends with the Tower 4 wall, the agency also has to finish up some smaller jobs on the Tower 2 site, the arbitrators ruled. Those include filling a void along Church St., burning off rock-bolt projections and getting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to approve the installation of caissons.

Even once all those jobs are done, the Port will likely still be paying Silverstein $300,000 a day, because the agency is about to miss another deadline. As of Dec. 31, they are supposed to turn over additional pieces of the Tower 2 and Tower 3 sites near the future Greenwich St., where the building lobbies will be, but those sites will not be ready. Coleman would not estimate how long it would take the Port to finish that work.

The Port also missed a deadline at the end of last year to turn parts of the Tower 3 and 4 sites over to Silverstein and paid $14.4 million for the delay. For missing the June deadline, the Port will pay more than $50 million.

That sounds like a windfall for Silverstein, but it barely offsets the rent Silverstein is paying to the Port Authority for the Trade Center land. Silverstein pays the Port $215,726 a day, and the delays will make the towers more expensive for Silverstein to build.

Coleman said the money to pay Silverstein is coming out of the Port’s operating budget. Also, the Port would have paid contractor Phoenix Constructors a $14 million bonus if Phoenix had met the June 30, 2008 deadline, and that saved money will help pay Silverstein, Coleman said.

The Port also had to pay for the arbitration, but Coleman declined to release that figure.

Downtown Express reported earlier this fall that communication had broken down between the Port Authority and Silverstein, but it appears that the arbitration restored a measure of accord.

“Absolutely relations are good from a working perspective,” a source familiar with the discussions told Downtown Express. Compared to previous disputes between the Port and Silverstein, “This was pretty low key,” the source said. “There wasn’t the kind of public recriminations or craziness that used to mark the project.”

NYguy
Dec 19, 2008, 10:11 AM
http://downtownexpress.com/de_294/const.jpg

The concrete core of Tower 4 is rising, but Silverstein Properties will not be able to install several structural columns
until the Port Authority demolishes a wall, visible at the back of this photo.


Another look at progress on the site from wtc.com

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107232233/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107232236/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107232233/original.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107232236/original.jpg

GarCastle
Dec 21, 2008, 2:28 AM
I find it funny how the press makes it sound like the PA is paying a penalty when all it means is that they are crediting Silverstein his lease payments and an additional percentage for lost revenue considering the properties that he is leasing is nothing but a hole in the ground so he cannot make money off leasing it. I doubt Silverstein needs any financial sympathy, but I mean really... his 6-weeks freshly leased properties were destroyed leaving him a hell of a mess for years.

NYguy
Dec 21, 2008, 12:42 PM
I find it funny how the press makes it sound like the PA is paying a penalty when all it means is that they are crediting Silverstein his lease payments and an additional percentage for lost revenue...


Yeah, the Port Authority payments get the headlines, but if you read deeper in the articles, it's usually clarified:

the Port will likely still be paying Silverstein $300,000 a day, because the agency is about to miss another deadline......The Port also missed a deadline at the end of last year to turn parts of the Tower 3 and 4 sites over to Silverstein and paid $14.4 million for the delay. For missing the June deadline, the Port will pay more than $50 million.

That sounds like a windfall for Silverstein, but it barely offsets the rent Silverstein is paying to the Port Authority for the Trade Center land. Silverstein pays the Port $215,726 a day, and the delays will make the towers more expensive for Silverstein to build.

theWatusi
Jan 6, 2009, 6:02 PM
well great progress on the core anyway

2-TOWERS
Jan 6, 2009, 6:20 PM
NY GUY is that an old parking garage in the back

NYguy
Jan 7, 2009, 12:32 AM
NY GUY is that an old parking garage in the back

Probably. The old remnants of the original PATH station have already been removed.


derek7272 (http://flickr.com/photos/derek7272/3174078440/sizes/l/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3078/3174078440_15f4086b11_b.jpg

NYguy
Jan 8, 2009, 6:23 AM
From wtc.com, image from Jan 6th...

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107925482/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107925482/original.jpg

pattali
Jan 8, 2009, 1:57 PM
I don't understand why vertical rebar are not green epoxy coated for this tower, horizontal rebar are epoxy coated. I understand that green epoxy coated was for foundation near water...

Sweet progress too.

One more thing, 20 feet problematics wall behind is removed ?

gttx
Jan 8, 2009, 8:20 PM
I'm not too familiar with the PA, but from what I've read it seems like they're all a bunch of hacks. Can anyone confirm or deny this suspicion?

NYguy
Jan 9, 2009, 1:35 PM
^ When it comes to public agencies, the Port Authority is usually one of the better ones. The agency normally gets things done (mostly due to the fact that it's pockets are usually full), despite being run by two different states. The WTC rebuilding had become such a mess because so many stakeholders were, and are involved in the decision making process.

One more thing, 20 feet problematics wall behind is removed ?

From all of the photos I've seen, the wall is still there. Although it has been decided that the PA will remove the wall, no particular date has been mentioned.

(wall still visible in the background)

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/107925482/large.jpg

CSABA8
Jan 9, 2009, 2:38 PM
What a great progres the last 3-4 weeks ,but it seems like not too many workers on the site.

NYguy
Jan 9, 2009, 10:58 PM
What a great progres the last 3-4 weeks ,but it seems like not too many workers on the site.

There are as many as is needed obviously, at this stage in the game.

2-TOWERS
Jan 10, 2009, 4:58 PM
great foundation work, . only 1-2 WTC were at bedrock , nice to see all the other buildings all in bedrock.

10023
Jan 10, 2009, 6:43 PM
I'm surprised how few people appreciate sleek and simple architecture.

What will make or break this building is the quality of the curtain wall and the detail. New York doesn't need buildings with a bunch of extraneous ornamentation all the time. This isn't Shenzhen.

NYguy
Jan 12, 2009, 1:05 PM
^ A lot of people won't really appreciate this one until it's clear just what it will look like. I've always liked it for various reasons. It's the most public of the towers. I also like the restaurant overlooking the memorial.

CGII
Jan 12, 2009, 6:54 PM
It looks like such a casual construction site for its size and importance.

NYguy
Jan 13, 2009, 12:44 AM
It looks like such a casual construction site for its size and importance.

Until cranes go up on site, it will look the way it does now, with most of the activity related to foundation work.

KingKrunch
Jan 23, 2009, 11:49 AM
A crane is supposed to be installed sometime next month.

NYguy
Jan 23, 2009, 5:58 PM
A crane is supposed to be installed sometime next month.

That will be a site to see, the beginning of a construction swarm over the WTC site...(an already extremely busy site).

NYguy
Feb 7, 2009, 12:24 AM
http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/4_world_trade_center_50490.aspx

4 World Trade Center a Rising Reality

February 5, 2009


The muddy floor of the east bathtub has become mostly concrete at the site of 4 World Trade Center (WTC). It is a tangible sign of progress, and a long-awaited one for leaseholder Silverstein Properties. The developer has eagerly prepared for this phase of physical construction, spending months planning, finishing design documents, drawing up contracts, and procuring materials.

At the same time, the Port Authority, which owns the WTC, devoted countless man hours over the course of roughly two years to excavate the site down to bedrock -- an effort that allowed Silverstein’s groundwork to begin last winter, even as Port Authority crews continued digging on the site’s western edge.

“It’s a long duration, and there have been challenges,” says Scott Thompson, Silverstein’s project executive for the tower. “There are a lot of uncommon logistical issues, like coordinating our work with the [WTC Transportation Hub] project, and working next to the 1 train box. But we have a great architect and a great design team, and we are building.”

Located at the site’s southeast corner, with the future address 150 Greenwich Street, “T4” was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. His minimalist vision for the 64-story tower completes Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, which uses the four WTC towers as an abstract spiral descending towards the National 9/11 Memorial.

At 975 feet, Maki’s is the shortest of the east-side towers, standing out for its sleek, glass façade and two distinctly shaped floor plates. From the base to floor 46, the 44,000-square-foot floors will take the shape of a parallelogram, echoing the shape of the WTC itself. From floors 47 to 63, the 34,000-square-foot floors form a trapezoid. The result is a major setback on the western side, like a single step downward toward the Memorial plaza.

Work on the tower’s foundations began in earnest in fall 2008, but only after a major pitfall was overcome -- or filled in, rather. This summer, Tishman Construction crews excavated the site’s soft schist to reach 40- to 60-ton bedrock, the sturdiest form of earth at the site, and the only kind that allows such a massive skyscraper to rise.

As test borings were done, geologists began seeing rocks considered unusual for this area, such as red shale, sandstone, and gray basalt. Knowing that Lower Manhattan is home to a glacial valley formed roughly one million years ago, geologists determined that the T4 rocks were deposits from a glacier that advanced from the Palisades an estimated 20,000 years ago.

When its ice began to melt, raging streams of water flowed in front of it. The sand, gravel, and boulders it carried downstream were caught in the currents, bouncing across the bedrock -- essentially sandblasting away the softer layers of rock. As a result, deep potholes and larger basins were carved out to form a “glacial swirl.”

“We thought we had hit a boulder,” says Thompson. “But the more we excavated, the more it was clear this was something very different.”

Construction crews continued to dig deeper, eventually uncovering the full pit the glacier left.

In order to build, the hole was filled with high-grade concrete. The level surface, surrounded by steel-and-concrete footings now being installed, forms the tower’s base slab and foundations at about 80 feet below the street. That base construction also includes the future WTC’s Vehicular Security Center ramp, which curves around the building’s southeast corner.

At the center of the site, the tower’s sub-cores are taking shape, and installation of the first of three tower cranes in mid-February will make construction progress even more obvious -- and faster.

Thompson says that as long as harsh winter weather doesn’t cause more concrete-curing delays, the next few months of building will bring the cores up several levels, creating the sub-grade mechanical floors and lower-level retail concourses that will link to other WTC structures.

Infrastructure, including T4’s fuel cell, electrical, and other utilities, is being built as well. That work includes details like finalizing contracts with the various subcontractors and trades to keep the project moving ahead towards substantial completion in 2012.

By this September, Thompson says the tower base will begin to rise above street level, with the steel superstructure following soon after. His team also is coordinating with the Port Authority’s excavation on the building’s west side, expected to wrap up in late February.

“This job is unique not just because of the site’s history,” Thompson says. “It’s unique in its own right for the level of complexity. Beyond the regular construction, we’re building 36-inch-thick core walls, redundant safety systems, green-building components -- and there’s tremendous coordination through all of it. Most other buildings in New York are simply not like this.”

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/01a_020409_wtc4.jpg


http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/10_020409_wtc4.jpg
Silverstein’s crews are pouring the Tower 4 (“T4”) slabs and footings.

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/02_020409_wtc4.jpg
Steel rebar is prepped for installation.

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/01_020409_wtc4.jpg
The tower’s fuel-cell basin is at the lowest point of the foundation

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/05_020409_wtc4.jpg
Silverstein’s T4 Project Executive Scott Thompson says the tower’s superstructure will be above street level by September 2009.

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/11_020409_wtc4.jpg


http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/14_020409_wtc4.jpg
Workers place a rebar cage that will form the base of a footing.

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/04_020409_wtc4.jpg
Concrete is lowered into the T4 site by crane.

http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/gallery/photos/12_020409_wtc4.jpg

ryobi
Feb 10, 2009, 4:28 AM
Looking good

NYguy
Feb 10, 2009, 12:42 PM
It'll be looking better soon....:tup:

At the center of the site, the tower’s sub-cores are taking shape, and installation of the first of three tower cranes in mid-February will make construction progress even more obvious -- and faster.

CoolCzech
Feb 13, 2009, 11:48 PM
Now let's hope Silverstein stands his ground and doesn't allow the PA to interfere with WTCs 2 and 3!

NYguy
Feb 14, 2009, 1:50 PM
FERBRUARY 13, 2009

Watching the action from Church Street...

http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176772/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176778/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176801/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176816/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176818/large.jpg


http://www.pbase.com/nyguy/image/109176823/large.jpg

colemonkee
Feb 14, 2009, 11:11 PM
^ There's something about those last two pics that I really like. Can't seem to put my fingers on it, though... ;)

NYguy
Feb 15, 2009, 1:08 AM
^ There's something about those last two pics that I really like. Can't seem to put my fingers on it, though... ;)

Maybe it's the lovely WTC poster in the background...;)

NYguy
Feb 24, 2009, 12:41 PM
http://www.nypost.com/seven/02242009/business/big_plans_for_boxers_burgeoning_burger_j_156639.htm

http://www.nypost.com/img/cols/stevecuozzo.jpg

February 24, 2009

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02242009/photos/bus0d.jpg
DIG THIS: Workers on the 64-story WTC Tower 4 have moved on to the long-awaited superstructure.


Don't look now, but that's a real Tower 4 - oops, 150 Greenwich St. - getting built at Ground Zero's southeast corner.

The photo on this page clearly shows that work on the first of Larry Silverstein's World Trade Center skyscrapers has moved from the foundation to the superstructure stage.

The boxy structures on the floor of the pit are the first stage of what will be the concrete core of the 64-story, 1.8 million square-foot tower, designed by architect Fumihiko Maki and expected to open in 2012.

Concrete for the building's basement and part of the core was poured in the past two weeks. It's unclear when structural steel will rise, but Silverstein has ordered enough for the whole job.

When completed, 150 Greenwich St. will be the new home of the Port Authority, which has committed to leasing one-third of its space. Silverstein also has an option to "require" the city to lease 600,000 square feet more.

The project isn't entirely out of the woods yet. A "soldier pile" wall built by the Port Authority to shore up the earth beneath the No. 1 line subway "box" oversteps a segment where some of the tower's footings will go on the western side.

Sources said Silverstein and the PA are working together to resolve the issue.

Matters involving security, underground vehicular access and utilities also need to be worked out.

But after years of little activity in Ground Zero, it's heartening to see Tower 4 and the PA's Freedom Tower pushing ever so slowly skyward.

oldpainless
Feb 25, 2009, 6:09 PM
^ There's something about those last two pics that I really like. Can't seem to put my fingers on it, though... ;)
Yeah me too... the street dude selling stuff is amazing

NYguy
Feb 26, 2009, 12:49 AM
Yeah me too... the street dude selling stuff is amazing

That guy, I assumed was the guy that walks around the WTC site telling any and everone about the history there. He usually has his facts correct. I wasn't really paying attention, but I assumed that's who he was.

37TimPPG
Mar 3, 2009, 10:54 PM
^ There's something about those last two pics that I really like. Can't seem to put my fingers on it, though... ;)

I would LOVE to put my fingers on them....oops, it!:D

NYguy
Mar 4, 2009, 1:35 AM
installation of the first of three tower cranes in mid-February will make construction progress even more obvious -- and faster.

BTW, I haven't noticed anything yet.

uaarkson
Mar 5, 2009, 12:07 AM
http://www.wtc.com/uploads/images/712x534/14_61_t4-tower-crane.jpg

http://wtc.com

:tup:

philvia
Mar 5, 2009, 12:16 AM
woohoo!