My most special memory was becoming a
member of the World Trade Departmentís Planning Division.
I joined the Planning Division in 1972
under the supervision of Philip D. Goz, Project Administrator. Phil
mentored me and his professionalism guided me throughout my career.
Philís unit was responsible for the preparation, bid, and award of all
contracts for the continued building of the World Trade Center complex.
Two unforgettable projects to which I was assigned were the Windows on
the World Restaurant in 1 World Trade Center and the TV antenna mast
atop of 1 World Trade Center.
The Windows on the World project was a
memorable one for me. I had the opportunity to learn about restaurant
operations working with restaurateur Joseph Baum and his staff. I had
the experience of working with the architectural firm of Warren Platner,
which was responsible for the restaurantís design, equipment, furniture,
and high-end finishes that went into making Windows on The World a
worldwide destination. The restaurant opened in April 1976.
The TV antenna mast project was a
rewarding experience working with Lester Feld, the Chief Structural
Engineer for the World Trade Department, and Clure Owen, consultant for
the TV and FM radio broadcasters and RCA, the fabricator of the antenna
mast. The logistics of delivering the 360-ft mast in sections from RCAís
plant in Gibbsboro, New Jersey and hoisting them to the roof of 1 World
Trade Center was unique and challenging. One original kangaroo crane,
used for the construction of 1 World Trade Center, was left in place for
this project. When the mast was completed, the crane was disassembled
and removed. The TV and FM broadcasters installed their transmitting
equipment on the mast and commenced broadcasting from the World Trade
Center in June 1980.
I want to recognize the leadership in the
World Trade Department that made the World Trade Center complex a
reality: Guy F. Tozzoli, Director; Malcom P. Levy, Deputy Director for
Physical Facilities; and Robert J. Linn, Chief of Planning and Design.