June 22, 2010, Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger
Share NEW YORK — The Port Authority took its first concrete step toward construction of Santiago Calatrava’s dramatic World Trade Center PATH and subway hub today, awarding an $86 million contract to a Long Island firm to provide the structure’s concrete floor slabs, beams and walls.
Sorbara Construction Corp. of Lynbrook, N.Y., will furnish the sculpted components of the renowned Spanish architect’s soaring Transit Hall. Officials have hailed the planned station not only as a transportation hub, but as another compelling architectural component of the redeveloped World Trade Center site, along with the sunken waterfalls of the National September 11 Memorial and the crystalline 1,776-foot skyscraper known as WTC 1, formerly the Freedom Tower.
Sorbara’s past projects include the AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and 7 World Trade Center, a 52-story office tower completed in 2006.
The contract represents only a small portion of the $3.2 billion cost of the Trade Center transit hub, which is intended to serve 250,000 PATH and subway riders every day.
Sorbara’s was among more than $100 million in Trade Center-related contracts awarded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday. The agency’s board also approved a $19 million deal with EIC Associates of Springfield to build the foundations for the Transit Hall and the site’s Oculus plaza.
In a related deal, the board also approved an agreement under which New York City will reimburse the Port Authority for the $44 million cost of foundation and infrastructure work on a performing arts center at the Trade Center site.