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Name: Philip A. Santore

Company: Ducibella Venter & Santore (DVS)

What project are you working on now?

The World Trade Center site in New York City.

What's the most challenging aspect of the project?

The most challenging aspect of this project is the physical complexity of the WTC site compounded by the multiple stakeholders. The individual projects on the site also come with their own design teams, and we are working with more than 10 different architectural teams to derive security programs that represent the identity of the stakeholder as well as the holistic approach [to security] from a site-wide perspective. Additionally, we are working with multiple agencies including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NYPD, Port Authority PD, and FDNY, to name a few.

What do you find the most interesting and rewarding about the project?

In my 31-year career I have participated in many commercial and governmental projects. While all clients and buildings have individual needs, there are many similar aspects to the projects such as the physical programs, electronic program and staffing programs. The WTC site, however, presents such unique challenges that require you to not only tap into your personal arsenal of experience, but also to learn means and methods to meet those unique challenges.

I also have personal experience tied to the 9/11 tragedy in that I was scheduled to have a meeting with the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of 9/11 at 9 a.m. My appointment was rescheduled late Monday afternoon. If it had not been rescheduled, I would have been in the midst of the event, as I would have arrived at 8:45 or so. I also knew several who lost their lives that day.

My participation in developing the security programs and countermeasures that will benefit those who work and visit the site is extremely rewarding on both a personal and professional level and I hope that my contribution as well as the work and tireless dedication of others will create a safe and well-managed oasis in lower Manhattan for many years to come.


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