September 11 Memorial Receives $2.5M Grant
At the beginning of the week, the National Park Service announced that it had awarded the National September 11 Memorial and Museum a $2.5 million 9/11 Memorial Act grant.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
According to a press release issued by the NPS, the funding will provide critical support for the continued operation, maintenance and security of the memorial and museum.
Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and from Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The memorial and museum also honors the six people who were killed in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.
The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are reported to be inscribed into bronze panels edging along the memorial pools. The Sept. 11 attacks were the largest loss of life to result from a foreign attack on American soil and was also the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and 10 years of the memorial honoring the bravery, sacrifice and lives lost,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “This grant helps ensure this memorial is maintained for the almost 52 million visitors to date, including 9/11 victim family members, first responders and veterans, to learn about and honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”
The $2.5 million in grant funding has been authorized by Congress and is a single competitive grant awarded by the Secretary of the Interior. The grant is awarded yearly for chosen operation and maintenance of a memorial commemorating the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.
Eligible memorials are required to offer free admission to active and retired members of the military, registered first responders to the 9/11 attacks, and family members of victims of the attacks, in addition to offering free admission hours to the general public at least once per week.
Looking Back on Memorial Construction
On the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, construction at the World Trade Center site was still reported to be in high gear. At the time, completion of the project was slated for 2014—the same year as the 9/11 Museum.
At the time of the anniversary, 24 large artifacts were already installed inside the museum constructed to remember and honor those who were lost. Designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, the museum also features a “slurry wall,” a surviving retaining wall of the original World Trade Center that withstood the devastation.
The museum is located underneath the eight-acre memorial plaza, and was reported to have opened to the public on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Sept. 11, 2011.
Once completed, the One World Trade Center would reach 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. Inside, the building engulfs some three million square feet of office space across 71 office floors, a grand public lobby, and an observation deck.
Earlier that year, in May 2013, crews were reported to have also successfully installed the final sections of the 408-foot steel spire. During the installation, ironworkers set and tightened 60 bolts at an altitude of 1,701 feet, officials reported.
Also that month, officials reported that the building was more than 55% leased, with tenants including Condé Nast, which has leased nearly 1.2 million square feet to house its global headquarters; Vantone China Center; and the U.S. General Services Administration.
The building is designed to be one of the safest commercial structures in the world.
Meanwhile, arches of the Oculus—the future World Trade Center Transportation Hub—were lifted by cranes as ironworkers set the pieces in position for welding. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the 800,000-square-foot Hub was designed to serve 250,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors, according to officials.
The Oculus was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
In late August 2013, workers installed ceiling grids that serve as a structural suspension system for lay-in ceiling panels below the bridge in the East West Connect portion of the Hub.