THE 9/11 MEMORIAL AND FREEDOM TOWER
Friday evening I finally had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. Calm and serene are the best words I can use to describe the memorial. The memorial is a tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The reflecting pool of the memorial is the largest man made waterfall in North America. It truly is a sight to see. Inscribed into bronze panels with a reflecting light on the edge of the reflecting pool are the names of everyone who died in the 1993 and 2001 attacks. There is an electronic finder that allows you to enter a victims name and locate them on the memorial.
Construction continues on the Freedom Tower and the area is still going through the revitalization process.
Progress on The Freedom Tower as of December 1, 2011:
- Facade installation is now above floor 62
- Tower steel is now above floor 90. It is expected to top out in the first quarter of 2012.
- Concrete is now being installed above floor 85
- Spray-on fireproofing underway
- Elevator shaft fit-out
- Multiple cranes on site for steel and concrete installation
- Both the south and north cores are now being erected as the structure rises
- "Cocoon" safety system now in place around upper perimeter, to rise with structure
- Utility installation and tie-ins
- Crews are coordinating substructure construction while maintaining PATH service