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Economics Important - Safety is Paramount - At WTC Memorial

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:09 am    Post subject: Economics Important - Safety is Paramount - At WTC Memorial
From Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:00 am to Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:59 am (included)
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The Skyscraper Safety Campaign

Sally Regenhard: 646-266-1987
Prof. Glenn Corbett: 201-993-2814
Dr. Rosaleen Tallon: 914-714-5515
Dennis McKeon: 718-619-2371

Our Hopes for The WTC Memorial :
Economics are Important - But Safety is Paramount -
at the new WTC Memorial

In anticipation of the WTC Memorial announcement slated for 6/15/06 by the Frank Sciame Company, the SSC and related groups issue the following statement:

The Skyscraper Safety Campaign (SSC), has been the premier 9/11 organization to take a leadership role in advocating for building and public safety since shortly after 9/11/01. The SSC and its technical advisors & academic experts have been long-time proponents of an above ground safe and secure World Trade Center Memorial. SSC has been joined in this endeavor by Advocates for 9/11 Fallen Heroes ( A-9/11) and the Put It Above Ground campaign. We strongly oppose any efforts to retain the dangerous, dishonorable, and cost prohibitive underground components of this project & call for the elimination of the underground Memorial concept and the placing of 9/11 victims' names above ground.

A safe and honorable above ground Memorial at GZ will provide a much safer, secure and accessible location to tell the authentic story of 9/11. The startling revelations in the James Kallstrom memo to the LMDC made clear just how vulnerable and unsafe this underground design is. For this city, this nation, and the world of visitors who will surely flock to the GZ Memorial, safety and security will be a major consideration. In addition, siting the Memorial above ground will likely save large sums of money, allowing it to be constructed at a fraction of the cost of the unwieldy, inappropriate, and unsafe subterranean labyrinth currently under consideration.

The efforts of the SSC, A-9/11 and Put It Above Ground campaigns have consistently highlighted the critical safety and security problems contained in the current underground design of the Memorial and have served to raise the awareness of the public to the grave safety concerns at the WTC Memorial. These efforts included:

Creation of a website entitled www.putitaboveground.org by Dennis McKeon of Where-To-Turn,Inc. and the collection of over 14,000 signatures in an online petition calling for placement of the memorial above ground and the elimination of Port Authority exemptions from NYC building and fire codes;
A series of rallies and press conferences at Ground Zero and City Hall, which brought together a variety of victims' family groups, public safety unions, and safety/security experts to voice their concerns;

An internationally-reported 17 night vigil in front of the "10/10 firehouse" on Liberty Street highlighted memorial safety concerns. It was led by Dr.Rosaleen Tallon, whose brother Sean was a firefighter from Ladder Company 10 and was lost on 9/11

A March 29, 2006 City Council hearing on the status of the WTC Memorial, including a scathing life safety critique by renowned building egress expert and invited guest speaker Jake Pauls, who raised grave concerns regarding the safety of the memorial design.

The SSC, A-911, and Put It Above Ground.org groups look forward to supporting a Memorial endeavor which will not only honor the lives and deaths of those lost on 9/11, but which will also assure a high level of quality, safety & security for the millions of people who will visit this sacred ground in the future. In addition, the SSC strongly advocates compliance of the Memorial with the new soon-to-be-adopted New York City Building Code, based upon the International Building Code (IBC). The current NYC Building Code is antiquated and flawed and should never be used as the sole basis for the design of the World Trade Center Memorial. There can be no substitute for safety. Economic considerations are important - but safety is paramount at the WTC.
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