Monday, November 16, 2009

The Rebuilding of Ground Zero, Part 85

The Freedom Tower will get a movable Subway concession later this month as part of a move to make it easier for construction workers stay on the Tower. A shipping container is being fitted with offices and a Subway concession and toilet facilities. It would be attached to one of the crane towers to provide support and offices for project managers.

That's all well and good, but the construction schedule provided by the NY Post makes no sense.
With 24 jumbo steel columns now in place, the tower, formally known as 1 World Trade Center, is finally making a dent in the skyline after years of work below street level.

PA officials expect that the 200-foot base will be done by February.

"The next year will bring recognizable progress to this signature building as the public sees it rise higher and higher. It will serve as a tangible reminder that the site is no longer a pit," PA Executive Director Chris Ward said.

Once the base is complete, officials expect that the tower will rise a floor a month, till it tops out at 105 floors in December 2011. A spire will follow, bringing the tower to 1,776 feet.
If the tower rises a floor a month, it would take nearly eight years to top out. It would take building nearly 5 floors a month to match the deadline.

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