On Thursday evening, June 5th, at the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Brian Hegarty, PE accepted the NYSSPE PEC Project of the Year award on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their work on the construction of One World Trade Center.
In his acceptance speech, Hegarty talked about skyscrapers and how he has been enamored with them ever since childhood. He talked about how he now takes a book about skyscrapers and visits young children in schools. He described the reaction of some of these children when these majestic structures pop off the pages of the book.
As engineers, we often hear about the scheduling, budgeting, and political issues associated with world-renowned projects like this one. However, this particular evening, it was nice to hear Hegarty talk about the bigger picture. The beauty. The purpose. The power.
Below is a video showing a graphical timeline of the One World Trade Center construction.
Note: NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers, or its directors, whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical. NYSSPE, its officers, and its directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service on this blog.