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Deconstruction of The Deutsche Bank Building
September 25, 2006
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The Environmental Protection Agency and other government regulators have approved a strategy for the methodical, floor-by-floor dismantling of the former Deutsche Bank building opposite ground zero. The approval is a key step in the long-stalled process of demolishing a 41-story eyesore that has become a grim symbol of inaction in Lower Manhattan.

The building, at 130 Liberty Street, was heavily damaged and contaminated on Sept. 11, 2001, when debris from the World Trade Center cut a 15-story gash into its north facade. The abandoned tower is supposed to be the future site of Tower 5 of a reconstructed trade center, but the cleanup and dismantling have been repeatedly delayed by concerns over contaminants in the dust and the discovery of hundreds of human remains, including tiny bone fragments.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which owns the building, has conceded that the structure is

August 4, 2006
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UPDATE 8/4/06

Yesterday, LMDC

June 30, 2006
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NEW UPDATE 6/30/06

[FONT=Verdana]Abatement Work[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]The contractors are currently abating the top five floors of the building. That work will take a few more weeks, and then the workers will move on to the next five floors.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]In addition, the regulators have approved a protocol for cleaning the roof. The roof cleaning

June 14, 2006
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[FONT=Verdana]Another Update:[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Demolition of the former Deutsche Bank building will not begin this month, as had been anticipated, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation said yesterday. On Monday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency raised questions about the proposed handling of waste materials containing polychlorinated biphenyls and cadmium in the heavily contaminated 41-story tower opposite ground zero. [/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]The corporation hopes to begin demolition later this summer, a spokesman said.[/FONT]

May 16, 2006
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[FONT=Verdana]Work update from LMDC [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]5/15/06[/FONT][FONT=Verdana]:[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Regulator Inspections[/FONT][FONT=Verdana][/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]LMDC learned late last week that during an inspection of the site, the New York State Department of Labor discovered a violation of the deconstruction plan protocols in one area of the building. The LMDC immediately met with top level representatives of the contractors and reiterated that we expect all work to be completed in strict accordance with the deconstruction plan. LMDC insisted that the contractors determine how the violation was able to occur, and as a result the contractor quickly made changes to enhance their work and oversight procedures. [/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana] [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]On Friday, inspectors again visited the site. While they recognized significant improvement, they still had some concerns about some of the materials being removed from the building. Sharing their concern that work proceed in a way that is safe for both the workers and the surrounding community, we voluntarily stopped removing material from the building until the issues could be discussed in more detail with the regulators.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Today, we had positive meetings with the EPA both on and off site, including discussions regarding the precise standards for removing cleaned materials from the building. We have asked the regulators to increase their participation in the direct oversight of abatement work in order to ensure that our contractors are fully in compliance with the approved deconstruction plan. Abatement work will continue inside of the building and we expect to resume removal of cleaned materials soon.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]Work Progress[/FONT][FONT=Verdana][/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]The coin vault, located below ground level, has been cleaned and is ready for demolition. The process for certifying the vault as clean included an inspection by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, as well as the use of aggressive air sampling techniques. An application for a demolition permit for the vault has been filed with the Department of Buildings and the other regulatory agencies, and last week we received comments back from the regulators. We are now in the process of responding to their comments and questions and hope to receive a demolition permit shortly. The demolition of the vault will enable us to proceed with the installation of a tower crane.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana][/FONT]
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March 29, 2006
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More human remains have been found at the former Deutsche Bank building, a skyscraper adjacent to ground zero, authorities said Tuesday.

Construction workers found the remains on Friday while cleaning the building in preparation for its demolition, the office of the chief medical examiner said. The Deutsche Bank building, at 130 Liberty Street, is just southwest of the World Trade Center site.

Two pieces of what the medical examiner

March 27, 2006
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[font=Verdana]UPDATE 3/27/06[/font]
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[font=Verdana]Earlier Friday Morning, a worker employed by a Bovis subcontractor fell from a platform at the [/font][font=Verdana]130 Liberty St.[/font][font=Verdana] site. The worker was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he is undergoing care. LMDC personnel were notified immediately by the site safety managers, and work was suspended for the remainder of the day. A thorough investigation of the incident is underway but there was no impact on the surrounding community. [/font]
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[font=Verdana][/font][font=Verdana]We were also notified today that one of our off-site air monitors detected an elevated level of silica on Monday. Although regulatory agencies were notified and work stopped while the problem was evaluated, we determined that the increase was not due to work at the site. This determination was made based on the following factors:[/font]
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[font=Verdana][/font][font=Verdana]* [/font][font=Verdana]N[/font][font=Verdana]o work was taking place at the site that could have caused silica emissions.[/font]
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[font=Verdana]* Construction unrelated to [/font][font=Verdana]130 Liberty St.[/font][font=Verdana] was underway on Monday immediately in front of the 1010 Fire House on [/font][font=Verdana]Liberty St[/font][font=Verdana]. The air monitor that detected the silica is located on the roof of the firehouse. [/font]
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[font=Verdana]* A very low level of silica was found at only one other air monitor

March 9, 2006
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NEW UPDATE 3/9/06:

[size=2][font=Verdana]Work Progress[/font][/size]

[size=2][font=Verdana]The installation of the exterior scaffolding has been completed. The north and south hoists have also been installed. [/font][/size]

[size=2][font=Verdana]Bovis Lend Lease, the general contractor, has hired John Galt Corporation as the abatement and deconstruction subcontractor. Required notifications for the abatement have been submitted to the New York State Department of Labor, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Abatement and removal of materials from the building is expected to begin late next week. In the meantime, preparatory work for the abatement, which includes bringing necessary equipment and materials to the site, constructing decontamination systems for the workers, equipment and materials, and installing negative air pressure containments, will begin today (March 9th). [/font][/size]

Looks like a different Subcontarctor than we all thought.

January 24, 2006
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Here is the link to the contractors and consultants on the project:

http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_d.....actors.asp

January 24, 2006
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Who will be doing the ACM & DEMO work?
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January 24, 2006
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NEW UPDATE 1/24/05:
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[size=2]Work at [/size][size=2]130 Liberty St.[/size][size=2] site is progressing well. As of Friday, January 20th, scaffolding had reached the 38th floor and is expected to be complete this week, weather permitting. The netting has been completely removed and the south hoist is complete. Work on the north hoist is to begin this week. A 16-foot high sidewalk bridge has been completed along [/size][size=2]Greenwich Street[/size][size=2] (between [/size][size=2]Albany Street[/size][size=2] and [/size][size=2]Liberty Street[/size][size=2]) as well as

December 31, 2005
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]New Update 11/31/05:[/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Friday (Dec 30th) morning, as workers were continuing to install the scaffolding at [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]130 Liberty St.[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana], a worker fell on the scaffolding and was injured. The worker was able to walk to the personnel hoist and was[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]then taken to a local hospital for treatment. The incident did not result in any impact on the surrounding community and work is proceeding as scheduled. [/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]The emergency protocols put in place by LMDC and the contractors were followed and resulted in a prompt response to the incident. The site safety manager immediately contacted appropriate LMDC personnel and they are reviewing the incident.[/font][/size][/font]

December 22, 2005
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Work Progress[/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]While work is moving along well, we have been experiencing some delays as a result of the transit strike. Unfortunately, some workers have not been able to get to the site and that has slowed work down. [/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]As of today, scaffolding is complete thru the 25th floor, and is expected to reach the 30th floor by the end of next week if the weather cooperates. The vestibules connecting the hoist to the inside of the building are completed through the 24th floor on the north side of the building. [/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]On [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Monday December 19, 2005[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana], URS moved its trailer to the corner of [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Cedar St[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] and Washington St. Bovis has also installed fencing to enclose [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Cedar St.[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] entirely from [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]90 West St.[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] to [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Washington St[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]. [/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Additional Safety Precautions[/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Safety continues to be the number one priority of the LMDC on this job. The sidewalk bridge along the west side of [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Greenwich Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] is being re-erected at double the height of the old one to provide additional protection for pedestrians walking along [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Greenwich Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]. This new sidewalk shed includes "catchalls" which provide additional protection to those on the street. Catchalls were also installed along [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Albany Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] several weeks ago. This work is expected to be complete by the end of this week. [/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Worker safety meetings continue to occur daily on the job site.[/font][/size][/font]

December 19, 2005
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In a releated story:

The government plans to test inside some lower Manhattan buildings for World Trade Center dust.The 7 million dollar effort covers an area south of Canal Street in Manhattan. Tests will be conducted for asbestos, lead and other other substances that could pose health risks unless they are cleaned up.

Critics say the Environmental Protection agency plan doesn't far enough and is voluntary. Distrust remains from the early days following Nine-Eleven when then-E-P-A Administrator Christine Todd Whitman assured New Yorkers that the air was safe to breath.

The E-P-A says the test plan "incorporates the best science available."

December 5, 2005
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NEW UPDTAE 12/5/05:

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Work at the [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]130 Liberty Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] job site is progressing on schedule. As of Friday, the scaffolding has been erected up to the 20th floor, the south hoist has been erected to the 10th floor and the vestibules

November 17, 2005
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]New Update 11/17/2005:[/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Yesterday afternoon, during a period of high wind, fragments of glass from a window pane on the south side of the building came loose. Some of the glass fell into the perimeter protection area, but a few small pieces fell onto [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Albany Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] after first hitting the sidewalk shed. No work was taking place in the area where the window was located. [/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana][/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]The site safety team from our [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]g[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]eneral [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]c[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]ontractor, Bovis Lend Lease, immediately closed the street to pedestrians. As per protocol, they then contacted the LMDC and the [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Lower[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Manhattan[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Construction[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Command[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Center[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]. Representatives from both agencies immediately reported to the scene. [/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]W[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]orkers removed the remainder of the loose glass from the window and installed boards in the opening. The LMDC also directed the contractors to install cantilevers off of the sidewalk sheds to provide an additional level of protection over the sidewalks and streets. That work began today and will be completed tomorrow (Nov. 18th). In addition, at the regular morning safety meeting today[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]workers were directed to be extremely vigilant of cracks in the glass. [/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]A[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]s the scaffolding is erected and the netting is removed, we will be able to closely inspect each piece of glass. Inspections are already taking place in the areas where the scaffolding has been erected.[/font][/size][/font]
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[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana][/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]The incident response protocol in this situation was effective. Safety remains the highest priority of the LMDC and all of the contractors working on the [/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]130 Liberty Street[/font][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana] deconstruction project. [/font][/size][/font]

November 9, 2005
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I got an update on the Deutsche Bank from the Lower Manhatten Development Co.

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Scaffolding Installation[/font][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][font=Verdana]Regional Scaffolding has completed installation of the

November 3, 2005
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I thought I would start a new thread on the deconstruction of The Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street.


[font=Verdana]On [/font][font=Verdana]August 31, 2004[/font][font=Verdana], the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation took ownership of the building located at [/font][font=Verdana]130 Liberty Street[/font][font=Verdana], previously known as the [/font][font=Verdana]Deutsche[/font][font=Verdana]Bank[/font][font=Verdana]Building[/font][font=Verdana]. The building was badly damaged on [/font][font=Verdana]September 11, 2001[/font][font=Verdana], and has since stood as a grim reminder of the events of that day. As another important step in its mission to rebuild [/font][font=Verdana]Lower Manhattan[/font][font=Verdana], the LMDC has begun cleaning and deconstructing the building to permit the redevelopment of the [/font][font=Verdana]World[/font][font=Verdana]Trade[/font][font=Verdana]Center[/font][font=Verdana] site. Prior to work beginning, a detailed deconstruction plan was approved by city, state and federal agencies to ensure safe and effective abatement, removal and disposal of various contaminants in a manner that protects the health of the people who work and live in the area. The deconstruction is scheduled to be completed in the spring 2007[/font][size=3][font=Times New Roman].[font=Verdana][/font][/font][/size]

[font=Verdana]For those who haven

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