source: Aidan Monaghan, 9/11 Blogger
The following is a November 25, 2009 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Freedom of Information (FOI) reply to a request for copies of all contracts regarding renovation work within the World Trade Center towers recommended by the December, 2000 Merrit & Harris Inc. World Trade Center (WTC) property assessment entitled “Due Diligence Physical Condition Survey – World Trade Center”. Such work included major renovations upon the core support columns contained within WTC towers 1 and 2 to be completed within one year of the December, 2000 report date, that included rust treatment and asbestos abatement. Records requested previously regarding major renovation work performed by known WTC contractors (Turner Construction) until the morning of September 11, 2001, were reportedly destroyed during the terrorist attacks. Turner Construction managed the controlled demolition of the Seattle Kingdome in 2000.
Is Dome's demise a date with fate?
Saturday, March 4, 2000
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Mark your calendar. The day of the Kingdome’s demise — March 26 — is drawing near.
“The roof will look like choreography (as it collapses),” explained Thomas Gerlach of Turner Construction, the company overseeing the demolition.
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12 employees of Turner Construction were located in an office in the third subbasement of Tower 1, the north tower. Turner had been performing renovation work in various parts of the center and had occupied various office spaces.
The complete December, 2000 Merrit & Harris Inc WTC property assessment:
Recommended major WTC renovations to be completed completed within one year of December, 2000 included rust treatment and asbestos abatement of major steel support columns within the elevator shafts of WTC towers 1 and 2:
The Port Authority of NY/NJ claims that contracts with Turner Construction – including those that might describe the renovation work being performed by Turner Construction until the very morning of September 11, 2001 – were destroyed on September 11, 2001.
The CEO for Turner Construction Company appointed in 1999, was Tom Leppert, who joined the board of Turner in 1998, is currently the mayor of Dallas, Texas and who has ties with former president George W. Bush and Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, was assigned to investigate the collapses of the WTC 1,2 and 7.
Thomas C. Leppert Named To Succeed E.T. Gravette, Jr. As Chairman Of The Turner Corporation
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT FOR MAYOR LEPPERT
President George W. Bush appointed Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.
Mayor Leppert meets with Bush
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, along with a group of 11 other mayors, met with President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez Wednesday at the White House to discuss a free trade agreement with the South American countries of Peru and Colombia.
Carlos M. Gutierrez
NIST and the World Trade Center
In 1997 Turner Construction also constructed the new headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, a laboratory managed by NAVSEA was described during the 1990s as the “National Center for Energetics”, the “Pentagon’s jargon to broadly describe explosive materials, propellants and pyrotechnics” and as the “only reliable source of aluminum nanopowders in the United States”.
Turner Corporation 1997 10-K Report
During 1997, the company completed work on … the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSEA) for the Navy in Washington, DC.
Naval Sea Systems Command
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Explosive, unreacted thermitic material containing nano-meter sized grains of intimately mixed aluminum and iron oxide, has recently been discovered in dust created by the collapses of the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.
Previous work performed by Turner Construction at the WTC included fireproofing of the only floors that were struck by United and American airlines flights on September 11, 2001 and that later burned and “failed”.