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WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION PREPARES FOR MEMORIAL START

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: WTC MEMORIAL FOUNDATION PREPARES FOR MEMORIAL START
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, December 5, 2005



WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION PREPARES FOR START OF MEMORIAL CONSTRUCTION

Issues Request for Proposal for Memorial Construction Manager



In preparation for the start of construction, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, in cooperation with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), today released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Construction Manager for the Memorial and Memorial Museum. The release of the RFP is a crucial step forward and will allow the Foundation to prepare for the start of construction on the Memorial and Museum in the spring of 2006 to meet its expected opening in 2009.



“This is an important next step in our efforts to build a lasting Memorial at the World Trade Center site,” Chairman John C. Whitehead said. “As chairman of both the WTC Memorial Foundation and the LMDC, I am pleased that we are on track with meeting our schedule of starting construction early next year. The Construction Manager will help ensure that the construction of the Memorial and Museum is kept on time and within budget. Thanks to the support of Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg, we are keeping our promise to remember the lives lost on September 11th, 2001 and February 26, 1993 and honor the courage which prevailed in the face of terror.”



Richard Anderson, President of the New York Building Congress, said, “The Memorial is the critical ingredient in the Lower Manhattan success story so we are enormously pleased and gratified that the Foundation has taken this important step forward.”



Lou Colletti, President of the Building Trades Employers Association which represents 1,500 contractors, said, “This is a big deal. My members are excited about bidding on this globally significant project. It’s another indication – real and symbolic – that there’s progress.”



Timothy Marshall, Vice Chair of the Minority Business Leadership Council, said, “We are thrilled that the Foundation is embracing the principle of diversity on the work site because September 11th was an event that impacted people from all over the world.”




Ed Malloy, President of the Building Construction and Trades Council, said, “As a member of the building and construction trades which was responsible for the safe and speedy clean up of Ground Zero, we look forward to building the Memorial and Memorial Museum with the same motivation and commitment.”



President and CEO Gretchen Dykstra said, “The public deserves clarity and certainty about the building of the Memorial and this RFP does just that. The attacks of September 11th struck us all so we are particularly committed to doing our best to open up construction opportunities for all.”



“This RFP is another signal that we are progressing towards a groundbreaking this coming Spring and that we are on schedule for a September 11, 2009 Memorial opening,” said Stefan Pryor, President of the LMDC. “Our design team has been working tirelessly to get us to this point, and we look forward to progressing into the construction phase of this historic project.”



The RFP can be broadened to include additional facilities, including a Visitor and Orientation Center and Performing Arts Center at a time when designs are ready and funding is available. The RFP lays out a schedule for selection of the Construction Manager, the types of services to be provided, the selection criteria for the Construction Manager, and a strong program to support minority and women owned business enterprises to participate in the project.



The Foundation is asking for the Construction Manager to provide services in two phases. The first phase will include pre-construction services which will result in submitting a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the project to be agreed upon by the Foundation – this GMP means that the selected contractor will be responsible for all costs above that agreed upon budget. The second phase will include construction services for the project.



The Foundation has a commitment for the meaningful participation of minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) not only during the selection of the Construction Manager, but throughout the life of the construction project. The Foundation will evaluate the bids based on evaluation criteria which include a strong commitment to M/WBE and a diverse workforce with proper compliance vehicles. The Foundation will require the Construction Manager to provide for meaningful M/WBE participation in all purchasing, subcontracting and ancillary supplies and labor services. The Foundation supports the initiatives of the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity and will encourage the provision of mentoring and training programs to M/WBE. The Foundation’s commitment to an M/WBE program is also in keeping with the goals of the Lower Manhattan Construction Coordination Act, signed into law by Governor Pataki in 2004.



The Foundation will also review bids based on a strong safety record, performance history, technical and managerial capabilities, and other qualifications that can assure the delivery of the project on schedule and within budget. Contractors must demonstrate expertise in providing pre-construction and construction phase services for large scale projects in major metropolitan areas such as New York City.



In preparation for the start of construction, the Foundation is taking the following key steps to ensure that the project is delivered on time and within budget:



Hiring an external construction integrity monitor.
Working with Jones Day, outside pro bono development counsel, and HUD counsel on regulatory matters.
Imminent hiring of a senior project executive at the Foundation.


The Foundation’s Design, Real Estate and Construction Committee which consists of experienced leaders from the real estate and construction industry, including Peter Lehrer, Kevin Rampe, Tom Rogér, Daniel Tishman, and John Zuccotti, and a joint committee with LMDC, will be involved in project oversight.

ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established to raise funds as well as build and operate the Memorial and Memorial Museum and cultural facilities at the World Trade Center site.



The Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who cared.



Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at www.buildthememorial.org.



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Contact: The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation at 212-312-8800
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