NEW YORK CITY-Demolishing the 25-story Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. is on track for its scheduled demolition for the end of this year, says a source from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the state agency that owns the building and is in charge of demolition. The building is supposed to be brought down to make way for the construction of Tower 5 at the World Trade Center site, and the source says that while demolition is progressing, the first concern is safety .

Since the fire of August 18, 2007, the LMDC has worked closely with federal, state and city agencies to enhance safety conditions for first responders, workers and residents and to make modifications to the plan for abating the building. On Feb. 7, 2008 the LMDC received approval from 13 federal, state and city agencies for modifications to the plan for abating 130 Liberty St., including the decision to completely abate the building prior to deconstructing it. Following that approval, LVI Environmental Services Inc. has been working two shifts a day with approximately 150 to 200 workers in the building to prepare it for full abatement and clearance by environmental regulators.

The work completed by LVI includes the restoration of building enclosures, the construction of two interior fire-rated stairwells for use by first responders, the creation of emergency scaffold egress for the New York City Fire Department, the installation of a remote negative air cutoff switch, the fire-hardening of decontamination chambers and existing vestibules, the building of new fire control systems within the decontamination chambers, the shoring of slabs compromised in the fire and the installation of additional sidewalk sheds.

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