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Pre-Proposal Questions & Answers

These are the questions submitted by registrants in the NJ 9-11-01 Memorial Design Competition. They are grouped by general subject headings. If you have additional questions that are not answered here you are asked to make reasonable assumptions based upon all the information provided in the Request for Proposal, in the orientation sessions, in your site visits, and in the other answers below. Remember this is a design concept competition - site-engineering issues will be addressed after the design concept is selected. This competition is open to any legal residents of the United States not specifically excluded under the “Rules” section of the RFP.


General
  1. Must you be a US citizen to participate in this competition?

    No. You must be a legal resident of the US.

  2. Is there an age restriction for participation in the competition?

    No.

  3. Is there any consideration for extending the deadline again, especially in light of the extended registration deadline and the fact that questions won't be answered until the 5th, and that there is no urgency for selecting the winner if funds still need to be raised and contracting worked out?

    No.

  4. If you are an artist-led team but do not have access to other design professionals to execute the design, will NJ still appoint a design professional to your team if you are selected? If not, do you have to list the other design professionals as part of your team for the initial submission? Who would provide Civil Engineering? Who is going to execute this design? Do we do it ourselves, or can you call someone to do it? Are you willing to work with someone who does not have architectural background?

    The answer depends on the nature of the design selected and the composition of the winning design team. The State will engage whatever supplemental design professionals are needed to partner with the lead designer to execute the selected design.

  5. What is the actual budget?

    The budget is approximately $7 million.

  6. If it is determined that a given design would require more than $7 million to construct will that disqualify a proposal?

    No, the inclusion of the $7 million budget figure is intended as a level of scale. However the State will not enter into a contract that will exceed available funding.

  7. Could more money be raised for the selected proposal?

    Possibly.

  8. Do I have to go to a site orientation? Can't I just call in or send a $20 registration fee instead?

    The site orientation is mandatory. Your proposal will not be accepted if you do not attend one of the site orientations. You may send a representative to a site orientation in your name. That representative must not be another registered participant or the member of any other team.

  9. Why is the site orientation mandatory? I've been to the site many times and the dates you selected are not convenient for me to attend.

    A mandatory site orientation is required to allow Proposers to witness the power of the site, understand its context in the development of the Park, and to truly understand the proximity of the WTC attacks and the vital role the Park served on 9/11/01 and beyond, especially for the families and survivors. Informative presentations accompany the visit. The visit stimulates questions, which have been recorded with the answers herein. Each Proposer must decide whether the inconvenience is worth the opportunity to participate in this competition.

  10. Can the PowerPoint presentation from the site meeting be placed on the web site?

    No. The file is too large and contains only pictures of Liberty State Park.

  11. How can I add/remove team members, revise/update contact information prior to submission?

    Send e-mail to Janet Chinea, Competition Coordinator, at janet.chinea@treas.state.nj.us, or call 609-777-0878 and leave the information on the hotline service.

  12. How sure are we that the design selected in this competition will actually be the one built given fluctuating political environment? That is, if a new administration comes in, will they scrap this planned Memorial or alter it significantly?

    The State is aggressively pursuing the funding of this project so that construction can begin as soon as post-competition planning and funding allow.

  13. Does a proposal need to include plans or references to the interpretive center or the museum?

    No.

  14. Are the program elements to include the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville PA?

    Yes.

Themes

  1. How are the themes weighted during the jury review process?

    All the criteria are important and must be addressed; however initial emphasis is on a good design. The families have put a high value on the names of the victims and their recognition. The notion of tribute is also of great importance to the families, but they are looking to Proposers to suggest what form this should take. The third criteria, which will be weighted heavily is the degree to which your design is site specific.

  2. Does the design need to reference the park?

    Yes. A reference to the Park validates and acknowledges the families' experience with regard to the role of Liberty State Park on 9/11/01 and thereafter.

  3. Your rules state, "Proposals should convey all design elements as integral to the site rather than as stand-alone element(s)." Can you give an example of something you consider integral to the site and something that would be considered as stand-alone?

    The Holocaust Memorial at the southern end of Liberty State Park is an example of a stand-alone element. The National Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC is an example of a memorial that is integrated into a site.

  4. Your rules state, "… relevance to the history and location of the site." Please clarify.

    The Jury will be considering how the proposals complement the historical context of the Park and the region.

  5. In "What the jury considers" section, what is meant by "integration of the Memorial elements with New York City, New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, the Memorial tree grove, Morris Canal and the State of New Jersey?"

    The Jury will be considering how the proposals complement the physical context of the Park and the region.

  6. How do you integrate the site with respect to the Statue of Liberty, which you don't see?

    The Statue of Liberty is seen from many vantage points relative to the Memorial site.

  7. These requirements conflict: Entire Park area as a Memorial, not just one small section. Proposer must decide whether to use all or part of the space identified; any proposal may use less, but may not include more. Does USED just mean assigned a purpose?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you propose to use only a portion of the site you must identify what you propose to do with the rest of the designated site.


  8. Could you give me a little more information about theme items "inclusion of green space" from the Design Selection Criteria? "

    Green space" generally refers to plant material.

  9. What does "an outside area of reflection" mean? Does this mean, literally, "outdoors" or does it meant it has to exist outside a specific area of the Memorial? Does outside area of reflection mean outside the area of the main monument structure/area (but still in the bounds), or open to the sky?

    It means an exterior area within the designated site.

  10. With regard to the provision for public to make personal tributes, I am not sure exactly what this means? Can you expand on exactly what you are seeking in terms of what the artist needs to provide that will satisfy this theme and can you give additional suggestions?

    Visitors will want to leave tributes in the form of objects or written messages.

  11. Your rules state, "Provision for the public to make personal tributes perhaps through a multi-media interactive component." Do you feel that an electronic interactive can withstand the harsh environment of the area?

    The technology for exterior electronic displays does exist.

  12. To what degree should technology be used for the interactive component of a design?

    This is entirely up to the Proposer to suggest.

  13. Are the written "Tribute" materials, in the form of messages, poems, etc, made by New Jersey survivors/residents, archived and available for inspection and possible use in the design presentation? Any specific personal tributes available?

    Not at this time.

Artifacts

CORRECTION TO THE RFP:

The dimensions of the two beams pictured in the RFP dated December 2003 are incorrect. The correct dimensions are:

32" (h) x 11' (l) x 15" (w)
23" (h) x 12'6" (l) x 9" (w)

  1. Is there any way of getting information regarding the markings and specific locations within the towers of the beams stored at DOT in Trenton besides going there physically?

    The photos in the RFP on page 10 and dimensions above are the extent of the information available at this time.

  2. Is it known from which buildings the available beams come?

    This information is not available.

  3. Are there additional remains of the Trade Towers available for use by the artists? What artifacts are available from the Pentagon and Shanksville PA sites? Who do we contact for 911 artifacts that can be included into our designs?

    Aside from the two available I-beams described in the RFP, other materials, if available, will be posted on the web site.

  4. Can the available beams be coated for weather proofing or altered for esthetics in any way? Can I-beams be exposed to the atmosphere?

    These materials are considered artifacts and therefore should not be modified.

  5. Can sheets of glass be used from the WTC?

    None exists.

  6. The RFP mentions "artifacts" from all three events. Is this project primarily aimed at the WTC, given its proximity, and the fact that other Memorials are being constructed closer to the sites in PA and near the Pentagon?

    Events at all three sites are to be memorialized equally.

  7. Where are the Memorial walls?

    They are in storage.

Victims

  1. Will you make available a list of the names and their locations of the NJ victims? Can a list be obtained that shows where in NJ each of the victims was from? What were the occupations of those who perished? What are the ages of people killed in all attacks? Of the 691 victims, how many perished in the WTC, how many in DC, and how many in PA? What were their age demographics? What were their genders? What are the nations represented by those who perished in all three (3) events of 9-11-01. How many names should be noted in the Memorial as part of the design? Were there any NJ residents who perished on September 11, 2001, that were firefighters, and would special attention need to be given to such a matter?

    Not at this time. The official number of NJ victims from all three attack sites is 691 as compiled by the NJ Office of Victims Assistance. However, there are issues of residency that must be resolved before a full accounting is complete. We are asking Proposers to include consideration of about 700 names in there proposals. We are committed to remember all victims equally, so their location, demographics and nationality is not relevant to this Memorial.

  2. Out of the NJ victims (691?) are there any victims remains not recovered?

    Yes.

  3. If no New Jersey residents died at a specific event/site, should that event/site still be symbolically or literally addressed in the Memorial?

    There were New Jersey victims at all three sites.

  4. Is there a symbolic resting place for the victims? Should we include one in our proposals?

    A site for a symbolic or actual resting place for victims has not been determined. The RFP does not require consideration of such an element. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  5. How many people died at each of the 3 attack sites (not just NJ victims).

    There were approximately 3,100 victims between the three sites.

  6. Were there any NJ victims in the '93 WTC bombing?

    Yes - one.

Submission

  1. How many proposals can an applicant make?

    Only one (1).

  2. Can a team submit more than one proposal?

    No.

  3. Are proposals on a disk an acceptable format for submission?

    No.

  4. What is illustration board? Is it the same as poster board, i.e., something that is flexible and can be rolled and mailed? Or do you want it on some type of stiff illustration board only?

    The 30"x40" boards must not be rolled or submitted in sections. It must be one piece and sturdy enough to stand on its own.

  5. I notice that the competition requirements regarding presentation board does not specify whether the 30"x40" presentation board is to be horizontal or vertical. Can it be either way?

    Yes.

  6. Can the illustration board be larger or smaller than 30"x40", or what size do we have to have it?

    The Request For Proposal states on page 14, "not less than and not more than 30 inches by 40 inches."

  7. How many points of view must be included in each proposal?

    You are required to show two views of a single proposal on one presentation board.

  8. Can you include more than two points of view on the presentation board?

    Yes, however you must include the two viewpoints required in the RFP.

  9. Can there be more than one alternative on one board?

    You may offer alternates (element options), but only to a single design.

  10. Does all the information being presented for the initial proposal need to be on the presentation board?

    Yes, all information pertaining to your proposal should be included on the presentation board. Narrative may be included on the board as well as in the 10 copies of your 8-1/2"x11" booklet.

  11. Does the narrative need to be submitted separate from the presentation board?

    No it does not. However, if there is no accompanying narrative the presentation board must convey the full idea and scope of the project. Keep in mind that you must include some description of what is being shown on the presentation board and describe how your proposal addresses the themes and design criteria.

  12. Can you include images in the narrative?

    Yes, but the intent of the format is to have visual information on the presentation board and a narrative description in the narrative materials.

  13. Is there a limit to the size and length of the narrative?

    The narrative must be submitted on 8-½ "x11" paper; however you may submit as many pages as you feel is necessary.

  14. What will be the importance and judging criterion of the proposal submission narrative booklet (10 copies to be submitted) compared to the main presentation board?

    The jurors will review the narrative material as they examine each proposal. The narrative booklets should be supportive of the presentation board, and allows the Proposer to provide expanded narrative descriptions of their design concept and how it addresses the themes and design criteria.

  15. Does one need to include how a proposed idea would be executed including a detailed budget?

    No, the initial proposal should focus on the concept and the design. Details and budgets, which should be kept in mind to help guide your proposal, do not need to be included. Keep in mind that the selection committees will be evaluating a design in part by how plausible it would be to execute. Again we emphasize that a good design is foremost important.

  16. You state, "The binders are not to include the Proposer's identification of any kind other than the registration number." Does that go for the illustration board also?

    Yes.

  17. How will the return address on delivered materials be masked from the jury?

    All packing materials will be removed from the proposal materials as they are set up for the jury to review. If there are any identifying marks on the proposal materials themselves, other than the registration number, the set-up staff will use black tape to mask the identifying marks. Jurors will not handle proposals at any time in this competition.

  18. Do the proposals need to be titled?

    No.

Plans

  1. Can you send me an engineering drawing to scale with sections of the site showing various elevations?

    No - the only site plan that is available is a composite of several drawings made over a period of several years. The scale of the 11"x17" site plan in the RFP is 1" = 60'. It was offered to provide orientation and boundary information only.

  2. Will you make site drawings available in CAD format?

    No - the site plans are available in JPEG or PDF format only

  3. Is there a drawing of the site plan that is a higher resolution than the one on the web site?

    Yes - there is a higher resolution version of the site plan available in JPEG format. It can be sent by e-mail to you if your e-mail server can receive large files. Send an e-mail message requesting this file to janet.chinea@treas.state.nj.us.

  4. Is there a digital version of the plan of the Memorial tree grove available?

    Yes - there is a file available in JPEG format. It can be sent by e-mail to you if your e-mail server can receive large files. Send an e-mail message requesting this file to janet.chinea@treas.state.nj.us.

  5. Can you send me a planting diagram, i.e., special vegetation needs, soil capacity, and soil composition?

    We do not have soils data available at this time. The purpose of this competition is to select a design concept. Once a design is selected we will identify and procure the engineering information needed to execute the design.

  6. Is there a digital version of the overall Liberty State Park plan showing the proposed Memorial site, the Memorial tree grove and the CRRNJ terminal building at least?

    Stay tuned - we are working on this one.

  7. The site plan did not show the location of the building. Is the distance between the south side of the project area and the northern façade of the building known?

    You can calculate distances using the Liberty State Park plan mentioned in "Plans 6" above.

  8. Is there a digital version of the photo of the proposed Memorial site taken from the clock tower without the orange boundary lines drawn on it?

    Yes - there is a file available in JPEG format. It can be sent by e-mail to you if your e-mail server can receive large files. Send an e-mail message requesting this file to janet.chinea@treas.state.nj.us.

  9. Is it possible to get into the clock tower to take some other site photos?

    No - the public cannot go into the clock tower for safety reasons.

  10. Is there a digital version of the photo of the Manhattan skyline available?

    Yes - there is a file available in JPEG format. It can be sent by e-mail to you if your e-mail server can receive large files. Send an e-mail message requesting this file to janet.chinea@treas.state.nj.us.

  11. Where can I get good aerial photos of the site?

    There is a web site where you can get an aerial photo of the site in 1994 - before the Liberty Walk was constructed. Go to http://terraserver-usa.com. Click on the map of the USA, then on New Jersey. At the top left of the screen a search box comes up - type in "Liberty State Park." You can zoom in to the level you need.

  12. What is the orientation of the WTC versus the Memorial site in Jersey City?

    In the meeting it was said that the WTC is at 10 to 12, but what is the angle precisely? If you go to the web site mentioned above you can calculate the angles you need from the aerial photos.

Judging

  1. Will finalists be made public or notified privately?

    Stage Two finalists will be notified privately. Until the Families & Survivors Memorial Committee selects a design the proposals are not public.

  2. Will finalists selected for stage two present their proposals in person?

    Yes.

  3. If one is chosen to be a finalist, will these participants have a chance to talk with the jury for feedback? Can the jury let the applicant know in person or through some process what they felt was strong, what needed development and what elements they felt were weak? This would help in Stage 2 development I think.

    Finalists selected for Stage Two will receive written comments by the Professional Advisory Committee regarding their Stage One proposals.

  4. How long will the professional jury meet to select the finalists?

    This will be determined after April 30, 2004, and will depend on the actual number of proposals received.

  5. Will there be an honorarium for finalists selected for stage two?

    Yes

  6. Is the amount of the stipend offered to finalists to complete their Stage 2 proposals known at this time?

    No, but it will be the same for all finalists.

  7. If a Proposer's architecture or artwork is well known or identifiable by virtue of its style, or by precedent (even without direct reference by name or insignia) will it be disqualified?

    The Professional Advisory Committee consists of eight (8) professionals with various backgrounds and disciplines. They will be reviewing work individually and will not have access to applicant identities, nor will they discuss their work. Their task is to identify proposals that respond successfully to the design criteria stated in the RFP. Style does not necessarily equate with the excellence of how an applicant responds to the design criteria.

  8. What are the names, professional affiliations or titles and states of residence of the professional jury members who will select the finalists for the Liberty State Park 9/11 Memorial?

    The names and biographies of the Professional Advisory Committee members are on the main competition web page at www.nj.gov/nj911Memorial. They hail from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Four are from New Jersey.

  9. How were the Professional Advisory Committee members selected?

    The Professional Advisory Committee members were invited to serve on the jury based on their credentials from the State Arts Council database of artists, architects, landscape designers and other design professionals (see Juror's list at www.nj.gov/nj911memorial) with a family member and a representative of the NJ DEP Parks Division.

  10. What role does the professional jury play in the selection process?

    The role of the Professional Advisory Committee (the jury) is to select up to ten proposals out of all the accepted Stage One submissions to go on to Stage Two.

  11. How will the Families Memorial Committee members be selected and how many will be selected?

    Through multiple targeted outreach efforts, the State contacted and encouraged family members and survivors to participate in the memorial process by serving as a member of the Family & Survivors Memorial Committee. The committee was open to the first 25 family members and survivors who expressed an interest in serving.

  12. What are the names of the family members who will serve on the family jury for the Liberty State Park 9/11 Memorial?

    In order to protect the integrity of this competition the names of the Families & Survivors Memorial Committee will not be released until a public announcement of the winning designs is made.

  13. What has been done to incorporate participation by the victim's families?

    The victims' families developed the competition mission statement and the Memorial themes. It is the Families & Survivors Memorial Committee, who will make the final selection of the winning design.

  14. What are the names and professional art affiliations or titles of the three jurors who reviewed the original 9/11 design entries submitted in the first Memorial RFP in the fall of 2003? Can I assume that they are not part of the new jury so that their advance viewing and adverse opinions of the original 19 submissions will not prejudice or adversely influence the new jury?

    Stan Allen, Nikki Stern and Tom Moran served as jurors for the July 2003 RFP. That review (as will be this one) was a blind process, meaning that proposals were numbered and identities masked from the jury and families. Stan Allen and Nikki Stern will serve on the Professional Advisory Committee for Stage One of the December 2003 RFP.

  15. What was the basis for their rejecting all 19 proposals and issuing a new RFP?

    The original RFP (dated July 2003) did not yield a proposal that fully reflected the permanent memorial's mission statement or themes. Therefore, the RFP was cancelled. Proposers were given the opportunity to resubmit a new proposal under the terms of the new competition.

  16. It was everyone's understanding that Ms. Nikki Stern, who lost her husband on 9/11, was a representative of the family jury committee not the professional committee. At our February 11 orientation site meeting at Liberty State Park (and I should guess at the previous and future orientation meetings) Ms. Stern appeared to take a prominent role in answering questions regarding design approaches and ideas from professional architects, designers, and artists who attended the orientation. She was explicit in stating that she didn't care to see "the teddy bear and flowers personal tributes" and that everyone should think "outside the box" (whatever that means) in developing design ideas, among them "multi-media presentations." What qualifies Ms. Stern to answer such questions and who authorized her to state public opinions and preferences at all in these professional forums that will fundamentally influence and dictate the designers' approach to this Memorial? Who elected her to speak as a representative of Memorial project design preferences on behalf of the 700 New Jersey families who lost close family members? How are other family members of 9/11 victims appointed as family jury members? Who appoints them? Who should they contact?

    Nikki Stern is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee, not the Families & Survivors Memorial Committee. Her credentials are listed on the Juror's list at www.nj.gov/nj911memorial. Ms. Stern expresses the opinion of one of the eight jurors who will review Stage One proposals.

Site - General

  1. On the site plan the part that contains yellow over the existing plaza, is this section part of the site for the Memorial design? I had thought it was just the grass past the existing plaza but I would just like to make sure.

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site.

  2. Can you suggest other sites located within the Park for the Memorial?

    No, only the area highlighted in yellow on the site plan is available for the Memorial.

  3. Would the designated Memorial space boundaries be flexible in consideration of an outstanding design?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  4. Currently the Park is restricted to user access from dawn to dusk; will the Memorial area also be operating on the same restricted hours?

    This depends on the design selected. The Liberty Walk will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  5. How do you access information about the Liberty State Park?

    There is material about the Liberty State Park available at the Interpretive Center on Freedom Way and at the DEP web site at www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/liberty.html. The RFP also contains information about the Park and its history.

  6. Where can we get information on the ecology of the area?

    At the Interpretive Center on Freedom Way.

  7. What are the future Park development plans?

    There are plans to renovate the rail yard and install a people mover connecting the ferry parking lot with the terminal building.

  8. Are there any plans to connect the Park's Liberty Walk with the Exchange Place side of the canal?

    There is currently a plan to extend the walk around the Morris Canal to Exchange Place. But there is no plan to bridge the canal at the point of the Memorial site.

  9. What is the most important point of view, the view from Manhattan or the view from the site itself?

    Although the families expressed a desire for there to be some evidence of the Memorial from Manhattan the most important point of view would be from the site itself given the significant Park attendance.

  10. If a museum is to be added to the Park where will it be placed?

    A site has not yet been chosen.

  11. Can the competitors use the CRRNJ Terminal for the multi-media?

    No.

  12. The backdrop of the skyline should be literally incorporated into the design?

    Not literally.

  13. Will the site act as a staging area for ferry passengers?

    No.

  14. Can a proposal redirect or otherwise alter Liberty Walk?

    No.

  15. While I realize the competition boundaries are to be respected, the line on the west and south of the site seemed slightly arbitrary, particularly in regard to the important pedestrian processional that ends at the water, and also near the entry and arrival points of vehicular traffic at the southwest corner of the site. Can proposals include an "alternate" to expand the design slightly into those areas?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  16. I understand that an egress lane must remain at the southern section of the site, but is it possible to move the turnaround so that it loops south instead of north? If this is done, will we need to make note of it on our design proposal?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible. Traffic patterns cannot be altered.

  17. We understand that there cannot be any disturbance to the existing waterfront walkway (Liberty - blend concrete paver walk). However, can the proposed design materials cross the walkway if the existing pedestrian accessibility remains the same?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  18. Can the light poles on the Liberty Walk be moved in the immediate vicinity of the Memorial site?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  19. Do you need to include accessible restrooms in your proposal?

    The Memorial must conform to ADA requirements. ADA rules vary according to the type of structure.

  20. What is the status of handicapped access? Must it be every square inch of the site and if not what are the rules, restrictions, etc.

    The Memorial must conform to ADA requirements.

  21. What zoning regulations will apply, federal, state or local?

    This Memorial is going into a State Park.

  22. Does the ground sink or settle substantially?

    Yes the site is essentially a mud flat over historic/industrial fill.

  23. Are we supposed to come up with a landscaping plan for the grassy part that leads up to the restaurant?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible. That area is used for performances, circuses, etc.

  24. Is any remaining grass area, not altered by the proposal, going to be replanted anyway? Does grass even survive the winter?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. Your proposal should suggest what you intend to do with the entire site.

  25. In regards to the tree growth, is there any irrigation system?

    None existing.

  26. Is there a height restriction for landscape berms, grade changes, etc?

    Not beyond the sight-line issues with the restaurant.

  27. Considering the area was used for industry, what is the composition of the earth beneath the site? Rocks? Reclaimed industrial landfill?

    The site consists of at least one foot of clean fill over historic fill.

  28. What utilities exist underground at the site?

    Electric for the lights and stage area and storm drain.

  29. What is the intended purpose for site lighting of the design?

    Is it for visibility of the design features at night, security or pedestrian use? All of the above.

  30. Is vandalism a major concern with this site?

    No.

  31. How polluted is the site? (Caven Point is or was polluted)

    The site contains material that is classified as historic fill. These conditions have been mitigated by an application of at least one foot of clean fill.

  32. Can you provide me with the height of the CRRNJ Terminal Building and the large flagpole located nearby?

    The flagpole is 30 feet tall. The Terminal Building is 127 feet tall.

  33. How tall is the office building facing the Memorial site?

    Information regarding the Goldman Sachs building in Jersey City is available at http://www.jcedc.org/new/goldmansachswfnew.html.

  34. What are the materials that can be used? Steel, glass, water, brass, fire, …?

    Yes.

  35. What is the approximate water distance from NJ to the other side of the river NYC?

    About ¼ mile.

Site History

  1. At what date was the ferry terminal first in use as a "clearing house" for immigrants?

    The CRRNJ Terminal was not a clearinghouse for immigrants - it was a transportation hub after they were processed through Ellis Island. The 'Great Wave' was most intense around the turn of the last century.

  2. Is 1913 the correct dating of the adjacent train station? (It seemed to be carved on a concrete beam in the open steel structure, near the entrance that faces the site)

    The building was built in 1889. The train shed was re-built in 1913.

  3. Who was the architect of the original Train Station?

    Peabody & Sterns.

  4. Was the Liberty Walk part of the original Park design?

    No, it was added to the plans in the late 1980's but not completed until 1996.

  5. How many people went to Liberty State Park on 9-11?

    No one was counting. We estimate several thousand.

  6. Where could we find details and images about the rescue operations at NJ side and drawings, dimensions for the structure of CRRNJ Terminal including the shed (long and wide covered space) and the main brick/wood building?

    The Interpretive Center on Freedom Way has some images. The Internet has many more.

Site - Memorial Tree Grove

  1. Can you see the Memorial grove from the site?

    No, it is about ¼ mile down the road.

  2. Is the Memorial Tree Grove to be included in the plan as part of the Memorial concept area?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. The Themes challenge you to provide "some reference to the existing Memorial tree grove."

  3. Why was the tree grove planted so far away from the site?

    The Grove of Remembrance was planned and planted before the Memorial site was selected.

  4. Can you please provide a list of tree species that are a part of the Memorial grove? What native plants were used for the Memorial garden in the park?

    SIDEWALK "SHADE" TREES
    46
    51
    7
    Village Green Zelkova
    Sawtooth Oak
    Goldenrain Tree
    TERMINAL TREES
    OPT
    Bloodgood London Plane
    EVERGREEN BORDER
    40
    15
    20
    20
    10
    15
    Leyland Cypress
    Western Arborvitae
    Junipers
    Yews
    Nellie Stevens Holly
    Foster Holly
    NATIVE-SCREEN-SUCCESSIONAL TREES
    55
    5
    19
    8
    8
    25
    10
    10
    5
    15
    7
    10
    12
    12
    17
    9
    7
    25
    25
    8
    10
    Eastern Red Cedar
    Atlantic White Cedar
    Eastern White Pine
    Black Gum
    Sweetgum
    White Ash
    Staghorn Sumac
    Smooth Sumac
    Winged Sumac
    Hackberry
    Princeton American Elm
    Pin Oak
    Persimmon
    River Birch
    Grey Birch
    Black Birch
    Honey Locust
    Green Hawthorn Winter King
    Cumulus Serviceberry
    Sassafras
    Quaking/Bigtooth Aspen
    INTERIOR TREES
    12
    48
    24
    12
    12
    8
    5
    American Smoketree
    American Holly
    Swamp White Oak
    Chestnut Oak
    Black Oak
    Willow Oak
    Red Buckeye
    MEMORIAL TREES
    20
    10
    14
    Flowering Dogwood
    Weeping Higgins Cherry
    Autumn Cherry

  5. What is the hardiest (frost and salt-tolerant) tree that was planted at the Grove site?

    Holly.

  6. Please provide details of the status of Memorial Tree Grove elements.

    The Grove is complete except for the installation of the dedication plaque.

  7. Is there anything written at the Memorial grove?

    Yes, there will be a plaque mounted to a stone at the Memorial grove.

  8. Can we propose to plant trees between the Memorial Tree Grove and the site to connect the two?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  9. How are the trees supposed to be incorporated into the design, are they supposed to be figuratively or literally or how?

    The Themes section challenges you to provide "some reference to the existing Memorial tree grove."

Site - Restaurant Sight-lines

  1. Does Liberty Landing Marina Restaurant mean Liberty House Restaurant?

    Yes, The Liberty House Restaurant.

  2. What site line restrictions are there in regards to the restaurant? Is there a height limit on construction? Is it correct to say that the Memorial may interrupt or pierce the view of the New York skyline from the existing restaurant although it may not block the entire view of the skyline? If the line of sight from the restaurant to the Manhattan skyline must NOT be obstructed, does this mean that NO structure can enter the line of site, or just that any structures (when viewed from that distance) must not noticeably interfere with the view? How about light beams that may become partially visible in fog?

    The site line restriction is a function of height and width. We must not "obstruct" the view of the Manhattan skyline from the restaurant. That is not to say that we can't "penetrate" the view. There is no specific measurement or formula.

  3. Is there a height restriction even if it does not interfere with the restaurant view?

    No.

  4. Is lighting considered to be an obstruction?

    Not generally.

  5. Who decides on what is going to be obstruction or not?

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Site - Limits

  1. Are there any horizontal limitations? Height limitations?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site - this sets the horizontal limitations. There are no height limitations beyond the sight-line issues regarding the restaurant.

  2. Is there a height restriction for the Memorial if it does not interfere with the view from the restaurant? If so, how high?

    No.

  3. Is there a limit to how much weight the Memorial site can sustain?

    No.

  4. Are there any limitations on the square footage of building footprint or total floor space as might be dictated by zoning regulations?

    This depends on the nature of the selected design.

Site - Stage

  1. How is that existing stage used relative to the proposed competition space?

    The stage and the long grassy area between the stage and the restaurant are used for performances, circuses, and other programs.

  2. There is a performance space immediately west of the designated Memorial area. When performances occur, where do spectators typically sit?

    In the long grassy area between the restaurant and the proposed Memorial site.

  3. For those not lucky enough to visit during an outdoor performance, which side of the performance pad is the front toward the audience?

    The side closest to the restaurant - the west side.

  4. Since the stage area is not part of the site, are there any restrictions to grade changes in that area and must there be allowance for access to the stage from the Memorial Park?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

  5. Can any type of backdrop be created for the existing stage, or does that view to the skyline have to be maintained?

    The sight-line issues only pertain to the restaurant's view of the Manhattan skyline. Any type of backdrop must occur in the area indicated in yellow on the site plan. The Parks Division would prefer that the current views be maintained.

  6. Is a backdrop desired for the stage by the Parks Department?

    No, the Manhattan skyline is a fine backdrop.

Site - Water

  1. How high is the lowest point on the site above sea level?

    Approximately 5 feet - this changes with the tides.

  2. Does the site area flood?

    Yes, the site area does flood at times such as extreme storms and during hurricane conditions.

  3. How far down do you hit ground water?

    About 5 feet.

  4. The Memorial site seems to get affected by tides and storm water. What is the extent of average submergence in case of high tide or storm?

    The site is only inundated during severe storms.

  5. Can anything be built below grade?

    Yes, but ground water is encountered at 4 feet or less.

  6. How deep does the current plaza foundation go?

    Approximately 3 feet.

  7. Are there any subgrade/soil borings and/or underground data available for the site? If not, are there any known restrictions, physical or otherwise, regarding the maximum allowable depth of any excavation at the site?

    The entire site is made up of historic/industrial fill. Ground water is encountered at 4 feet or less. Other site engineering data will be procured as needed after a winning design is selected.

  8. How close to the water can one build?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. One can build up to the promenade pavers that follow the water line.

  9. Can we extend over the Liberty Walk or place structures in the Hudson River? If the answer is yes, how far out can we extend?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible. You cannot interfere with a navigable waterway.

  10. What if any guidelines should we follow when considering a breach of the rip-rap shoreline or bulkhead line? Is this permissible? Can we alter the shoreline at all?

    The area indicated in yellow on the site plan represents the entire Memorial site. If you would like the Jury to consider such plans include them as element options so as not to disqualify your proposal should it be deemed not permissible.

 

 
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