WTC Hub Recognized as World Class
Nov 21, 2017
The landmark World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan has been recognized as one of the best projects of its kind in the world by the editors of Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine. Renowned Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava was the design architect and structural engineer for this iconic project. As contracted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the STV/AECOM joint venture, known as The Downtown Design Partnership (DDP) served as managing arechitect/engineering and architect/engineer-of-record, in association with Calatrava and Parsons Transportation Group.
The Hub was named an ENR Best Global project in the Transportation category. ENR’s Best Global Projects are awarded to constructed projects that feature an internationally diverse project team, while also demonstrating exemplary teamwork and collaboration, design and construction innovation, and a distinct impact on the global community.
The Hub serves as a portal to the World Trade Center (WTC) site and provides seamless public access for more than 250,000 daily visitors via its Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) station and integration with 12 Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (NYC Transit) subway lines. The facility also provides internal pathways to the site’s office towers and features nearly 400,000 square feet of retail space. As designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Hub’s iconic rib-like structure evokes a dove taking flight, representing peace and hope.
Over the course of the project, DDP coordinated with a large project team, including a number of internationally based partners and an evolving group of stakeholders to support the design and construction of the Hub, which was built as a response to the September 11 attacks. Due to the unprecedented circumstances that led to the redevelopment of the WTC site, stakeholders from around the world closely watched to see how the United States and the global financial center in Lower Manhattan would respond to this extraordinary tragedy.