In Manhattan, the World Trade Center (WTC) site, including the underground museum and vehicle security center, was severely flooded. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Nov. 3 that crews had completed pumping 11 million gallons from the vehicle center.
The National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation said in a statement that about seven feet of water was removed from the museum and that the memorial was reopened on Nov. 6 with limited operations.
Operations at the memorial are almost fully restored, and the visitor center and security screening operation at 90 West Street has reopened, Joe Daniels, foundation president, said in a Nov. 19 update.
Further uptown, as Sandy's high winds hit the city, a 1,000-ft crane's luffing jib flipped backwards and was left dangling at One57, Extell Development Co.'s 90-story residential tower at 157 West 57th Street. But on Nov. 3, construction crews successfully tethered the crane, and nearby buildings were allowed to reopen.
Meanwhile, officials at several other projects across the tristate region said that, other than temporary power outages, their jobsites sustained little or no damage. These include Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, where one official put Sandy's damage to the city at $22 million amid extensive flooding and power outages. But the school's new 87,800-sq-ft student center, scheduled for completion in January 2013, "weathered the storm well" although the school lost power for a few days, says Michael Fazio, vice president for advancement and external affairs.
That was also the case at the New York Stock Exchange, which lost power the night of the storm but—thanks to back-up generators—was the only lit building in Downtown Manhattan for a while, says Rich Adamonis, a NYSE spokesman. The only thing the building lacked was heat, he says. Despite "erroneous reports" that the trading floor was flooded by 3 ft of water, trading resumed on Wednesday, Oct. 31, he adds.
At John F. Kennedy Airport, Delta Airline's $1.2-billion terminal expansion project, which is scheduled for completion in May 2013, was "hardly affected," says Harry Olsen, Delta project director. Terminal 4 suffered minimal wind and water damage, and five days of work was lost on the project, but no water entered the building, Olsen says.
Ahead of the storm, the project team cleaned the site and removed loose objects that could have been swept away by the wind, Olsen says. The team also sandbagged openings and posted standby crews inside the building during the storm to handle issues.
Olsen says that in the event of another major storm, the team would prepare the same way, but that Delta would also establish a written policy with procedures "to bring a little structure to future situations."
ENR New York's 2012 coverage of projects mentioned in this story can be found online and in these issues: Long Beach High School Oct. 8, p. 23 Jingoli-DCO July 2, p. 46 Statue of Liberty Nov. 12, p. 11 Delta's Terminal 4 March 12, p. 16 National September 11 Memorial Oct. 8, p. 9; Nov. 12, p. 40 One57 July 2, p. 21 NYSE Nov. 12, p. 36 Saint Peter's University Oct. 8, p. 17