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Final Oculus “wing” placed

Final Oculus “wing” placed

In New York City, our team erecting the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s Oculus entrance hall placed the final wing-like rafter on November 25. “We’re breathing a little easier now,” said Superintendent Paul Orso.

New York Times features our World Trade Center Transportation Hub project

New York Times features our World Trade Center Transportation Hub project

Passing by New York’s World Trade Center site, it’s impossible to miss our Oculus project that will be the dramatic entrance to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The New York Times recently updated readers on this landmark hub (the Oculus and the main complex below grade, both of which Skanska is building.)

At the World Trade Center, the Oculus begins to visibly rise

At the World Trade Center, the Oculus begins to visibly rise

On May 6, Skanska Koch reached a significant milestone in erecting the monumental Oculus entrance structure for the World Trade Center’s new transportation hub, placing the first piece of above-street level steel that will be a visible part of the finished structure. In all, our team will assemble approximately 500 pieces of steel – around 100 pieces are already installed below grade – to create the soaring wing-like arches that form the entrance, which was designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. Marking the start of the project’s most complicated phase, the steel Skanska began installing last week are the upper portal ribs, which measure up to 96 feet high and 46 tons. To handle such massive steel elements, our team erected two tower cranes that are currently the tallest working tower cranes in New York City.