Committed to Rebuilding the World Trade Center, for 15 Years and Counting
“My September 11th started on September 10th,” Frank Hussey said.
It has yet to end.
Mr. Hussey, who just turned 55, is one of the Tishman Construction superintendents guiding 3 World Trade Center 1,079 feet skyward. Before that, he was at 4 World Trade Center. Before that, at 1 World Trade Center. Before that, at 7 World Trade Center. Before that, he worked on emergency repairs to the Bank of New York’s data center, which was damaged on Sept. 11, 2001.
刚过完55岁生日的赫西是铁狮门建筑公司(Tishman Construction)的一名监理，正在指导1079英尺（约合330米）高的世界贸易中心3号楼(3 World Trade Center)的修建工作。在这之前是在世界贸易中心4号楼，再之前是世界贸易中心1号楼、世界贸易中心7号楼。再往前，他在纽约银行(Bank of New York)的数据中心进行紧急抢修。该中心在2001年9月11日遭到破坏。
Mr. Hussey has, in other words, devoted 15 years of his life to rebuilding the trade center.
But he dates his personal involvement to the night before the attack, when he was overseeing the installation of two communication masts atop an AT&T building less than a mile north of the trade center. The next morning, he was up on the rooftop to ensure the masts had been placed securely.
“The first plane came directly over us,” Mr. Hussey recalled. “We heard the rumble. We were watching the belly of this plane in awe. Someone said, ‘This guy’s flying too low.’”
He could not have known at that moment that the hijackers in control of American Airlines Flight 11 were precisely on course, heading for the north tower. He and the ironworkers around him could only watch stupefied as the Boeing 767 hit the building. Mr. Hussey still shivers visibly as he remembers the sight of people falling from and jumping off the tower’s upper reaches.
“That day resonates,” he said this week.
Mr. Hussey, who lives in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, said it took a year or two before he could watch planes over Kennedy International Airport, not far away, without slowing his car reflexively.
September 2001 was a low point in his life generally, when he was a divorced father bringing up two girls, 11 and 13. “There were a lot of whys at the time,” Mr. Hussey said. “It was as if you were in an abyss.” His Christian faith helped him through, he said. He wears a crucifix pendant and a New York Mets ring.
总的来说，2001年9月是他人生的低谷。作为一个离异的父亲，他带着两个女儿，一个11岁，一个13岁。“当时心里有很多个为什么，”赫西说。“像是陷入了深渊一样。”他说，基督教信仰帮助他渡过了难关。他现在戴着一个耶稣十字架受难像坠饰和一枚纽约大都会棒球队(New York Mets)的戒指。
Mr. Hussey is now among the longest-running members in the cast of thousands responsible for the astonishing re-creation of the World Trade Center.
He was born Aug. 16, 1961, in St. Thomas Parish, in southeastern Jamaica, the first of 13 children of Patricia and Donald Hussey. When he was a boy, his father, who moved to New York to look for work and set the stage for his family’s arrival, spotted a help-wanted advertisement for a chauffeur.
The position, it turned out, was to be the personal driver for John L. Tishman, then a senior vice president of the Tishman Realty and Construction Company.
结果，这个职位是给约翰·L·蒂什曼(John L. Tishman)当私人司机。后者当时是铁狮门房地产与建设公司(Tishman Realty and Construction Company)的高级副总裁。
“Dad grew from being John Tishman’s chauffeur to clerical work and helping him with personal business,” Mr. Hussey said. “They became more than ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ They were family.”
“爸爸一开始给约翰·蒂什曼当司机，后来从事行政工作，为他处理个人事务，”赫西说。“他们的关系比电影《为黛西小姐开车》(Driving Miss Daisy)里的两位主人公还要密切。就像是一家人。”
Though he had a summer job at Tishman, the younger Mr. Hussey planned on becoming a New York City police officer after graduating from high school. That is until Mr. Tishman, who by then was in charge of the construction side of the family business, asked him one day, “How would you like to work for me?”
Mr. Hussey worked at Tishman headquarters, 666 Fifth Avenue, coordinating and updating construction plans. He moved into the field as a plan coordinator, then became a punch-list superintendent, buttoning up the unfinished details on projects, and then became a superintendent.
Tishman, now a subsidiary of Aecom, has served as the construction manager at 3, 4 and 7 World Trade Center for Silverstein Properties, and at 1 World Trade Center, which was begun by Silverstein but completed by the Durst Organization.
铁狮门现为Aecom的子公司，负责世贸中心1、3、4和7号大楼的施工。其中，后面3栋楼是兆华斯坦地产公司(Silverstein Properties)开发的项目，1号楼最初是兆华斯坦的项目，但后来由德斯特集团(Durst Organization)完成。
One of Mr. Hussey’s favorite moments during the reconstruction was the discovery in 2008 of a 40-foot geological depression where the foundations of 4 World Trade Center were supposed to go. It had been carved out about 20,000 years earlier by a retreating glacier that deposited thousands of beach-smooth cobblestones around the hole, “like a hen laying eggs,” Mr. Hussey said.
He has about a dozen of those eggs at home, including one that looks like a stitched baseball.
Mr. Hussey’s experience as a coordinator prepared him for his current role, overseeing logistics at 3 World Trade Center: the delivery of building supplies to the tower, the distribution of materials to the work floors and the even deployment of hoists — a frequent choke point in high-rise construction.
On Wednesday, Mr. Hussey had to ride herd on the arrival of 300 cubic yards of concrete, nine truckloads of steel and five trailers’ worth of exterior glass curtain wall, all of it in the swirl of traffic and pedestrians around Church and Cortlandt Streets. Lean and sure-footed as he made his way through the work floors, Mr. Hussey greeted workers warmly. He never failed to thank the hoist operators.
“I don’t have to bark,” he said. “I’m a gentle lion. But I’ve still got the bite.”
“Humility is a big part of my lesson here,” Mr. Hussey said, as he looked over the complex from a perch on the 61st floor. “It’s the biggest thing I would leave the trade center with.”
But he hopes he doesn’t have to leave just yet. There is still 2 World Trade Center to build.