A structure built to withstand a passenger being flown into it?
WABC-TV (NY) reports,
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub is behind schedule and hundreds of millions over budget.
The dual pressure of time and cost-overruns might help explain why the Port Authority has decided to eliminate the fireproofing of the huge above-ground steel structure that 200,000 people will pass under every day.
“Fireproofing is a critical piece of fire protection, a blanket we put on buildings to insulate the steel from heat of fire and in my estimation it is critical component for any large building particularly a transit facility like this one,” said Glenn Corbett, a fire safety expert.
But more than a year ago, Eyewitness News pressed then Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward on whether the $25 million fireproofing had been yanked from the Transit Hub contract…
… the Port Authority hired an engineering firm to conduct a test to see whether the steel structure without fireproofing could hold up under a fire.
It concluded that it could because of “the high volume of the space and robustness of the structure”.
The problem according to experts Eyewitness News spoke to is that the test was based on a fire equal to “two-to-three closely spaced passenger cars”.
JunkScience.com broke the news on Sep. 14., 2011, that Port Authority mishandling of World Trade Center fireproofing may have accelerated the collapse of the twin towers.