World Trade Center Recovery & Clean Up
Tully Construction was one of four contractors chosen to perform the clean up after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed. Tully’s workforce responded quickly using equipment which they had on site and from other jobs in Manhattan. Tully’s team helped to move the massive steel structures and huge amounts of concrete which hampered the search and rescue operations. Although the primary concern was rescuing survivors, it soon became clear there were few. Tully assisted the rescuers with the dignified recovery of remains. The magnitude of this recovery was of astronomic proportions and this was the largest attack on our nation in history.
Tully’s crew worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week moving tremendous quantities of this debris, transporting it to the Fresh Kills Landfill which was opened temporarily for this disaster. Tully trucked up to over 500 loads of debris per day. At the height of the clean up, Tully had up to 300 people working at the site repairing and replacing utility pipes and ducts for Con Edison and Verizon and another 250 people working on the clean up pile. Over 120 backhoes, payloaders, and trucks were operated working everyday for over 8 months.
The slurry wall, which serves as a barrier/restraining wall to hold back water from the Hudson River, is an 80 ft. deep 3,500 ft. wall, which was placed around the perimeter of the foundation for WTC, with approximately 900 tie backs. The slurry wall was damaged and was in eminent danger of leaking. Flooding would have been catastrophic to the entire area and the subway systems. The slurry wall was originally constructed in the 1960’s, by a joint venture known as West Street Associates, which was a joint venture that included Tully’s predecessor company, Tully & DiNapoli.
Tully’s engineers determined that the debris from the collapsed buildings was supporting the slurry wall and could not be removed until repaired. Tully engineers coordinated all facets of the tieback operation and brought in over 100,000 cubic yards of stabilizing material and a dewatering system to relieve pressure on the wall. Tully worked around the clock to ensure minimal disruption to the clean up effort.
The effort by all the contractors on site was monumental but Tully’s workforce moved more material with less equipment and personnel then the 3 other contractors combined.