WTC Hub Recognized as World Class
Nov 21, 2017
The landmark World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, which was designed by the STV/AECOM joint venture known as the Downtown Design Partnership (DDP), has been recognized as one of the best projects of its kind in the world by the editors of Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine.
The Hub was named an ENR Best Global project in the Transportation category and was honored at an awards dinner in New York in October. 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 DDP, in association with Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and Parsons Transportation Group, was contracted by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to serve as the engineer- and architect-of-record for the Hub, which opened in 2016. 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. Above ground, the Hub’s iconic rib-like structure evokes a dove taking flight, representing peace and hope.
Over the course of the project, the DDP coordinated with a large project team, including a number of internationally based partners and an evolving group of stakeholders to design and construct 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.