Concrete Industry Management (CIM) students from California State University, Chico, and Middle Tennessee State University created a memorial to the fallen firefighters from Sept. 11, 2001. The firehouse located at 48th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City lost two companies from Ladder 4, Engine 54, and Battalion 9. A simple, evocative design was chosen to showcase two simple vertical forms representing the silhouette of the Twin Towers. The names of the fallen firefighters are depicted on the surfaces of the vertical elements.
With the help of retired firefighter and decorative concrete installer Ed Gruetzner, White Plains, N.Y., and Mike Eastergard, owner of PreiTech Corp., the students worked throughout the week to complete all of the detailed concrete work, including forming, mixing and placing the concrete, and erecting the panels.
A ceremony will be held today at 11:25 a.m. in the North Hall, room N263 to honor Captain Tom Venditto of Engine 54. Afterward, the group of students will present the completed memorial at 3 p.m. At the end of the show, the memorial will be dismantled and carefully shipped to New York for its permanent erection. Visit www.concretedegree.com for more information.