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15 Years Later - Rebuilding the World Trade Center Site

September 09, 2016

15 years after the terrorist attacks, Vidaris is reflecting on the revitalization in lower Manhattan and the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.  We invite you to look into some of the moments that have shaped this project for us.

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September 21, 2001  Members of the Vidaris team, then known as Israel Berger and Associates, arrived on the scene days after the attack to provide emergency response and repairs on buildings surronding the World Trade Center site. Vidaris was involved in more than a dozen projects in the surrounding area and is still working on some of the sites daily. 

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2001  Within days, the team was approached by Silverstein to assist in insurance related matters on World Trade Center Tower 7 and then worked on the redesign and construction of the first building to be reconstructed on the site. Pictured above is the tower in 2013.

 

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2007  The team was then contracted for the Freedom Tower, now known as One World Trade Center. The photo above shows the first steel beam of One World Trade Center rising, and the photo below shows the overall construction site with the starting-to-rise One World Trade Center.

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2007  The design team held countless meetings.  Pictured above is Marc Weissbach at Silverstein's office.

Vidaris has invested more than 30,000 hours since 9/11 on the reconstruction of OneWTC alone. Vidaris has provided building envelope consulting, roofing & waterproofing, LEED/Green and energy consulting and monitoring services across the various World Trade Center and adjacent sites. 

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2008 Vidaris faciliated curtain wall mock-up testing on One World Trade Center 

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2010  Marc Weissbach standing inside the World Trade Center Memorial pool.

"We are humbled and honored to have been and continue to be involved in the reconstruction of the World Trade Center Site," said Marc Weissbach.

 

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2013  Jeffrey Somerlot, above, signs the base of the One World Trade Center spire on a site visit. 

Lindsey Snogles, seen below with the spire for One World Trade Center, spent years in fabrication plants and on-site monitoring and assisting through project completion.  Lindsey also spent thousands of hours toward sourcing the marble for One World Trade Center's Lobby.

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Edward Madocks, Director of Roofing and Waterproofing at Vidaris, shares how much he remembers working outside in the brutal cold of winter on Tower One, and how despite dealing with weather conditions, "it was such a privilege to work on and be responsible for one of the most iconic buildings of my lifetime...and in history."

 

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2014  Progress photo of the site.  Photo Credit James Ewing/OTTO.

 

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2016  Progress photo of Tower 3, set to be completed in 2018.  The Museum, Memorial, Transportation Hub and Tower 4 sit completed, adjacent to the tower.

 

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2016  Some of our project team had the opportunity to get a semi-private viewing of the recently completed One World Observatory, pictured in the photo above and below.  Pictured above (left to right): Zachary Nord, Jeffrey Somerlot, Marc Weissbach, James Ostroski, Dan Popadynec and Michael Chen.

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The skyline of downtown Manhattan as of April 2016. 

 

BLOG UPDATE:

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2017  Progress photos of Tower 3, as of September 5th, 2017; completion expected in the spring of 2018.

 

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