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New York City's Oculus is now open

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A​s a symbol of hope and renewal, the new Oculus structure in New York City replaces the metro station that was destroyed on September 11, 2001.

​The Oculus, designed by Santiago Calatrava, combines portals, arches and rafters to give the structure its unique shape, which represents the shape of a dove in flight.

COWI Bridge North America provided erection engineering and construction engineering services for Skanska on the symbolic structure.

"At COWI Bridge, we are proud to be part of this important project. It is a testament to the resilient commuters and citizens of New York. We are honored to have been able to contribute our expertise to this inspiring structure," said Senior Vice President at COWI Bridge, Darryl Matson.

PUBLISHED: 08.03.2016

FACTS

​The main transit hall is 365 feet long, 90 feet longer than the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal.

Over 12,500 tons of specially designed structural steel has been used to construct the WTC Transportation Hub Oculus, which is equivalent to the mass of 880 average sized school buses.

Design of the Hub includes fully integrated, climate-controlled concourses, mezzanines and platforms featuring high performance lighting and elegant finishes.

The Vierendeel Truss, serves as the “backbone” for the mezzanine roof and acts as a support for the northeast corner of the WTC Memorial. The truss weighs over 270 tons.

Source: http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/transportation-hub.html

LAST UPDATED: 22.02.2017