The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of greater New York (BOMA/NY)
codes and regulations/government affairs committee hosted a special seminar in
response to the World Trade Center tragedy. "Rebuilding the Skyline"
featured speakers from the large collection of businesses and government agencies
that are involved in the restoration of downtown Manhattan. The unique seminar
also featured hand-outs about terrorism; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning
systems; and protocol for handling suspicious packages.
"On September 11th, we were not surprised, we were horrified and shocked, but not surprised," says Edward Fallon, director of operations, Brookfield Financial Properties, New York City. Fallon emphasized how having an effective evacuation plan and good cooperation with other companies saved countless lives the day of the tragedy. The speakers all detailed the Herculean coordinated effort to restore functionality to the affected region.
Representatives from communications and utilities companies discussed the extraordinary work performed in conjunction with building owners to restore services quickly. Some of the facilities in the Wall Street area are very old with several generations of outdated technologies. According to Paul Crotty, group president for public policy and external affairs-New York/Connecticut, Verizon Communications, New York City, this historic region will be rebuilt with state-of-the-art communications technology.
"We want to get to where we were before September 11th," says Deputy Mayor Robert Harding, New York City. Harding addressed the funding of the massive rebuilding effort as well as local environmental and safety concerns. Representatives from New York City's police and fire departments stressed tightening security measures such as centralizing messenger services and increased fire drills. Adds Chief Michael Butler, chief of fire prevention, New York Fire Department, New York City, "Building owners and the employees themselves have an obligation to know how to get out of buildings."
The special seminar's main message was that building owners and facilities managers have an opportunity to rebuild better and smarter than before. "It is a tribute to everyone involved that no matter how hard we get hit we can get back up," says Fallon.
- Regina Raiford, Senior Editor
Moynihan Wins ULI's
J.C. Nichols Prize
Former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a widely renown urban design expert, won the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute's J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionary Urban Development. The award honors Moynihan's lifelong dedication to excellence in urban design, public building architecture, and community revitalization issues.
Moynihan's 40-plus years of public service include serving as counselor for urban affairs to President Nixon, cabinet-level and sub-cabinet-level positions in four presidential administrations, and revitalizing Washington, D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue. "What we did once, we can do again, and this time, we can do it even better," says Moynihan in response to the recent attacks. The $100,000 annual prize is for individuals or institutes that have demonstrated a high commitment to responsible development.
The Skyscraper Museum, New York City, had originally planned to hold a lecture series this fall on the World Trade Center at the Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th floor of Tower 1. The considerable research on the twin towers will now be presented as a major exhibition at the New York Historical Society galleries in early February.
Parents as Teachers Van Makes First Stop
To support parents who work outside of the home in Michigan, the Life Services System (LSS) is putting a Parents as Teachers van on the road to provide informational materials to parents in various community settings. Holland, MI-based office furnishings manufacturer Trendway partnered with LSS to show its support for it employees as parents.
Trendway employees and their children attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured crafts, story-telling, and other kid-friendly activities. The emphasis of the program is to help working parents spend quality time with their children. The van program is an outreach of the LSS Parent Information Resource Center, which is funded by the Department of Education. The LSS's other services for corporations include brown bag lunch sessions, playgroups, informational hand-outs, and parenting tips.