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NEW YORK CITY-Non-intrusive preparatory work is expected to begin today on the 130 Liberty St. site, commonly referred to as the Deutsche Bank building. While completing revisions to the deconstruction plan, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. felt that “the critical path component of this project remains the scaffolding system” and requested approval to begin the prep work for the scaffolding erection. The work “does not in any way penetrate contaminated surfaces or require any abatement work in order for safe execution,” stresses LMDC project manager Kate Millea.

LMDC has requested approval to install sidewalk bridges, a perimeter site fence and a concrete pad for the hoist. A request to install hanging rigs support frames was denied pending approval of the completed deconstruction plan.

Last December in a draft deconstruction plan, the LMDC detailed the specifics of the process that will be used to take the 1.4-million-sf building down. The office was heavily damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when debris from the World Trade Center broke windows and cut a 15-story gash in the north facade. That plan has been revised and the LMDC plans to submit its response to comments from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this week.

Recently after a competitive bidding process, the LMDC selected a joint venture of Regional Scaffolding & Hoisting Co., Inc. and Safeway Environmental Corp. for the installation of the exterior scaffolding system. The LMDC anticipates the prep work will be completed within two weeks. No further work will occur until either the deconstruction plan is approved or additional non-intrusive prep work is deemed necessary.

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