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Construction »Collavinoconcrete work is performing for the One World Trade Center project. Institutional | COLLAVINO CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. – ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center Project Pride • Project budget: $300 million+ • Location: New York City • Employees: Approximately 570 • Scope: 1,776-foot skyscraper F COLLAVINO CONSTRUCTION SAYS IT IS PROUD OF ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER PROJECT IN NEW YORK CITY. or Collavino Construction Co. Inc., the One World Trade Center (WTC) project is more than just another building. Instead, the project has instilled a tremendous amount of pride in the contractor’s employees, Senior Construction Manager Joe Bechberger says. The building, which will be located at the WTC site in downtown Manhattan, will stand 1,776 feet, making it the tallest skyscraper in New York City. One WTC will cover 3.5 million gross square feet, and feature office space on 71 floors, a public lobby with 50-foot ceilings, and two skyline restaurants. Collavino Construction has a contract worth more than $300 million to provide all cast-inplace concrete work for the below- and abovegrade superstructure. The company is serving the owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and construction manager Tishman Construction Co. of New York. While Collavino Construction’s portion of the building will be finished in the first quarter of 2012, “Tishman and the owner, PANYNJ, are looking at completion in 2013 for the rest,” “If you have a division that can self-perform, you can control your own destiny on a project.” –Joe Bechberger, senior construction manager Collavino Construction also is employing a self-climbing material hoist from Australia to help bring materials/supplies to the various floors, which helps take pressure off of the other cranes. “This is the first time that has been in New York,” he says. Traditionally in New York, this is done with landing platforms and a main tower crane. “However, with increased safety awareness today coupled with the complex site logistics, it was more advantageous to go with a selfclimbing system that is fully enclosed,” he says. The company also has encountered many challenges on this high-profile job. For instance, due to the project’s schedule, Collavino Construction has had to complete a floor each week. Additionally, “We’ve probably had three to four truckloads of reinforcing steel coming in every day,” he says. “Handling the site’s logistics with the trucking is extremely challenging,” he continues. “[But] the difficult logistics are managed through an off site yard/shop, nighttime deliveries and an overall increase in foresight for upcoming activities, coupled with strong com- he says. One WTC is the second tower to be built on the site. Bechberger says the connection of the site with the events of Sept. 11, has made the project team take extreme care in its work. “A lot of our workers were there when the two towers fell,” he says. “They have a whole different [kind of] pride and mindset [about] why they want to work here,” he says. “It’s sort of a symbol of their pride, strength, resilience and freedom.” Coping With Challenges Another element that gives Collavino Construction pride is the fact that it has utilized many unique construction methods during the project, Bechberger says. For example, the company has two articulating/retracting cranes and concrete pumps on top of its formwork system. “We have a self-climbing crane that will climb on the outside northwest corner of the building,” Bechberger continues, noting that the crane system helps with materials management. “You don’t see that on too many jobs.” 102 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - March 2011

Construction Today - March 2011
Table of Contents
Social Media
Exploring BIM
Best Practices
Urban Construction
Building Growth
Bermúdez, Longo, Díaz-Massó (BLDM), S.E.
Wadman Corp.
Universal Builders Supply Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. LLC
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
Dana B. Kenyon Co. – Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kaback Enterprises
Hyder Construction
On Site Management Inc.
Retail Developers in Ontario
Morguard Investments Ltd. – Bramalea City Centre and Expansion
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
Bayfield Realty Advisors Inc.
Rudolph and Sletten
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
MW Builders – Fort Leonard Wood AIT Barracks, Phase 1
Thor Construction
Weir Welding Co.
JE Dunn Construction Co. – Woman’s Hospital
Manhattan Kraft Construction Co. – Sarasota Police Department Headquarters
P.J. Hoerr Inc. – Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
Poettker Construction – Watterson Towers Renovations
Merit Kitchens
BBL Builders – Columbia Parc at the Bayou District
Reliable Builders Inc.
Joe Hall Roofing
ECM International Inc.
Branch Highways Inc.
GCC America Inc.
HOK: NOAA Pacific Regional Center
Last Look

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