Good news for anyone eagerly anticipating the new World Trade Center PATH and subway hub designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava: Earlier this week, the Port Authority awarded an $86 million contract to Long Island-based Sorbara Construction Corp. to get the ball rolling on the project.
According to NJ.com, the firm will provide the concrete floor slabs, beams and walls that will comprise the sculpted components of Calatrava’s epic Transit Hall — which, along with the 9/11 Memorial and the 1,776-foot-tall WTC 1 (aka the Freedom Tower), is already being hailed by officials as another aesthetically pleasing, architecturally significant addition to the World Trade Center site.
This isn’t the first big gig for Sorbara, which also worked on Columbus Circle’s AOL Time Warner Center and the mammoth 7 World Trade Center building, which was completed in 2006.
The $86 million being paid to Sorbara may seem like a big chunk of change, but be assured that the Port Authority is just getting started. The rebuilding of the WTC transit hub, which will service 250,000 PATH and subway riders each day, will cost about $3.2 billion to complete. Inching just slightly closer to that number, the Port Authority also awarded a $19 million contract to EIC Associates of Springfield, which will be charged with building the foundations for the Transit Hall and the siteâ€™s Oculus plaza.
What do you think, BPC residents: Pumped for your new Transit Hall?