NOVA: Ground Zero Supertower
Airs Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published September 6, 2013 at 9:42 a.m., updated February 24, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.
Solving an Engineering Problem
What are composting toilets, computers, and a restaurant doing suspended hundreds of feet above Ground Zero? In this short video, learn how an engineering conundrum allowed the steel company, DCM Erectors, to install modern amenities at the One World Trade Center worksite.
The 9/11 Memorial Mock-Up
Bronze, granite, and water will all play a role at the 9/11 Memorial. In this short video, the memorial’s architect and designer, Michael Arad, examines a small mock-up that has been assembled at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to see how the materials interact, how they hold up to the elements, and what the finished memorial will look like to visitors.
Find A Name
Use the Memorial Guide to locate a name on the 9/11 Memorial and to learn more about each victim.
Explore the Memorial
Explore EarthCam’s live webcam that brings into view the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Use the navigation tools to direct the camera. You can also save the high definition image on your computer, print it or share it with friends.
In this update of NOVA’s Emmy-nominated special "Engineering Ground Zero," which featured extraordinary behind-the-scenes access to the struggles of the engineers and architects working at 1 WTC and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, NOVA goes inside the construction of the tower’s final floors and the installation of its soaring, 800-ton spire and beacon.
NOVA also goes underground to see another engineering marvel taking shape here: the construction of a museum that will house artifacts from 9/11.
The greatest test is still to come, though: Will the final product be a fitting site for national remembrance?