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America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero
Ground Zero Profiles
Engineering the Clean-Up
Artifacts
Video Stories
Imagining the Future
Dialogue
About the Program

Assisting the Rescue
Surveying the Damage
Assessing Buildings
Navigating the PATH
Understanding the Site
Stabilizing the Wall
Removing Debris
Supporting Structures
Extracting Hazards
Uncovering Property



Quick Facts

Sources

Assisting the Rescue

Diagram of floor structure at World Trade Center

Locating Survivors

RICH GARLOCK: As soon as we had access to our office, we organized and copied subgrade and tower architectural drawings to distribute to FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Administration] who passed them on to the search and rescue teams. We also spent a lot of time brainstorming with rescue personnel about where people might have been trying to escape — stairwells, elevators — or areas where they might have sought shelter from the collapse that could still be intact, where they might find people still alive. These maps (above) were made later and indicate what we believe were the subgrade conditions right after the towers collapsed on September 11th.

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