Monday, February 04, 2008

Calatrava Brings the Dream into Focus

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey selected the DMJM Harris-led Downtown Design Partnership, in association with renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, to design the new $2-billion permanent Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) terminal at the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan. The team is responsible for final engineering of site preparation, site stabilization, and PATH facilities—including tracks, platforms and mezzanine, as well as preliminary through final design for the terminal building, pedestrian connections, security, sustainable design, vertical transportation and conveyances, and public wayfinding systems.
The design will incorporate appropriate levels of protection against various threat scenarios and mitigation measures may include blast-protective construction, CCTV systems, physical intrusion protection, and chemical, biological, and radiological security. Further, principles of sustainable design, including energy efficient systems, indoor environmental quality, life-cycle costs and impacts, and material resource and conservation, will be incorporated throughout the facility and considered from construction stage services through building commissioning and use.

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