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Wireville Readers ALERT - Safety and Security


Dear Reader:

Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001. For any of you that have family, friends, or office staff in either of these cities, we pray that they are accounted for.

Remember, BE ALERT! Alertness is your first-line defense.

Wireville.com is your independent media source for information about safety, and security in the highly technical communications infrastructure business. The following information was developed in order to assist the end-user, cabling installer/contractor, insurance companies, and the many manufacturers of components utilized in the information distribution network.

There will be a significant requirement to replace the information systems and infrastructure for the businesses and government facilities, which were damaged or destroyed in this attack. This is the beginning of a WAR on terrorism. We should analyze our information systems with fire safety and security in mind. We must prepare for these worst-case scenarios. Remember, our standards and codes reflect the minimum benchmark for safety. We certainly have the technology to do a better job.


In response to this horrific terrorist attack in New York and Washington, D.C., BOMA International (Washington, D.C.) issued a checklist for their members to ensure the safety and security of their buildings. BOMA emphasizes the need for each member to review their fire and life safety procedures immediately. Make any necessary changes and modifications, and re-distribute this information to all tenants, residents, staff and departments.

BOMA International (Building Owners and Managers Association), which represents 104 (federated associations) local organizations to form a worldwide, professional community dedicated to providing knowledge and solutions to commercial real estate practitioners. BOMA members own or manage over 8.5 billion square feet of downtown and suburban commercial properties and facilities in North America and abroad.

See Attachment (A)

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=323


27.5 million square feet of Commercial Office Space
Believed Destroyed or Damaged in Lower Manhattan

Estimated Cabling requirement for NYC disaster recovery
Important: Calculation of communication cable destroyed or damaged.
27.5 million square feet divided by 210 (square feet per individual) = 130,952 workstations.
2 cables minimum to each workstation = 261,904 communication cables (horizontal-plenum).
Average distance per horizontal cable = 110'
28,809,000' estimated total cable (horizontal plenum) required to replace cables damaged or destroyed.

Special Note:

{Re: the financial sector of businesses located in New York City, which were displaced by the tragedy of September 11, 2001}

The communication users in this market place typically use 4 - 6 cables per workstation. This is due to the multiple networks in use at all times. The estimated 29 million feet of plenum rated CAT 5e cable required to replace damaged or destroyed cables is very conservative.

This is only a crude estimate, but it should give us an example of the impact on cabling by the terrorist attack in New York City.

The attached link will give you the buildings and square footage affected by this terrorist attack. We will continue to search for a list of the companies (tenants) in those structures.

See Attachment (B)

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=324


You will also find an additional link attached from Buildings.com in which the CoStar Group, a national commercial real estate information provider, announced a partnership with New York Governor Pataki to help New York City businesses in desperate need for office space. CoStar Group has made available their extensive database of the New York area leasing brokers and available office properties.

"New York Site Finder" was developed by Empire State Development (ESD) to facilitate the site selection process in New York State. ESD Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "CoStar Group's magnanimous offer of aid demonstrates the true spirit of American unity and assistance. I urge all New York City businesses affected by this great national tragedy to visit our Website to look for alternative office space within New York."

See Attachment (C)

http://www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=336


Be sure to check the Heard On The Street monthly column for updates and additional information. Use the hotlink router section of wireville to find many of the leading providers of communications cabling materials and services.

Also, check the website for the Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI), a communications association which specializes in infrastructure and networking. www.bicsi.org

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Frank Bisbee
Website Editor - www.wireville.com
Heard On The Street monthly column
Jacksonville, Florida
e-mail: Frank@wireville.com
Tel: (904) 645-9077
Fax: (904) 645-9058


Attachment (A)

Building Owners and Managers Provide
Security and Safety Information

NEWS

BOMA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sherwood Johnston, III, President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, has issued the following statement regarding the tragic events of September 11 at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC:

"These events go to the very core of our humanity. To all of those people directly affected by these terrorist attacks, we extend our heartfelt sympathies. These events have changed us all. We need to pause and reflect on what has happened, and remember the greatness of our nation as we come together to support those in mourning, and to help rebuild. We will do everything possible as an association representing building owners and managers to help people affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the days and weeks ahead, we will concentrate on helping to restore a full sense of security in America's workplaces."

BOMA International, headquartered in Washington, DC, is working swiftly to collect and provide information on building security and tenant safety to the association's members and tenants of commercial buildings. This information comes from a number of authoritative sources, including the collective wisdom of BOMA International's local associations in 106 locations in North America, as well as other nations. BOMA International has begun posting this information at www.boma.org/emergency to help people review building security and emergency preparedness issues.

Much of the information being made available by BOMA is drawn from the association's recently published guide called, Are Your Tenants Safe? BOMA's Guide to Security and Emergency Planning, which is a second update to the original guide. The book outlines procedures for creating an emergency plan, considerations for specific types of emergencies and security threats, security planning, choosing a security methodology, and release of information when a crisis occurs.

The book also includes guidance and checklists pertaining to injuries, elevator and escalator failures, power failures, threats from hazardous materials, civil defense, airplane collisions, bomb threats, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, windstorms, and wildfires. Frequently asked question and answers about security and safety issues for commercial buildings are also available on the BOMA International Web site at www.boma.org/emergency.

Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a dynamic international federation of 106 local associations. BOMA International's 18,000-plus members own or manage more than 8.5 billion square feet of downtown and suburban commercial properties and facilities in North America and abroad. The mission of BOMA International is to advance the performance of commercial real estate through advocacy, professional competency, standards and research. For more information, visit the BOMA International Web site at www.boma.org.

SOURCE: Building Owners and Managers Association International

Links referenced within this article:

BOMA

www.buildings.com/Directory/detail.asp?CustomerID=9461
www.buildings.com/Articles/related.asp?Category=Associations
www.buildings.com/Articles/Storytype.asp?StoryType=News

Find this article at:

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=323


Attachment (B)

This is a list of all the destroyed buildings and square footage the information posted is from the Building Owners and Manager Association International, which is linked to this site.

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=324

27.5 million square feet of Commercial Office Space

Believed Destroyed or Damaged in Lower Manhattan

Represents Twenty Percent of Downtown Manhattan Office Market

NEWS

September 14, 2001 -- According to initial statistics released today by Grubb & Ellis, approximately 20 percent of the downtown Manhattan office market -- 15.5 million square feet of space -- was destroyed in Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. At the current time, Grubb & Ellis also believes another 12 million square feet of office space has been damaged in the aftermath of the attack as a result of falling debris, building collapse and fires.

Of the 15.5 million square feet in the World Trade Center area, about 97% (roughly 15 million square feet) was leased at the time of the attack. Of the 12 million square feet believed damaged, 11.5 million square feet was leased.

As a result, the immediate net loss of commercial office space in the Manhattan market is approximately 27.5 million square feet.

The available space in Manhattan at the current time is about 25.5 million square feet, according to Grubb & Ellis, although only a small percentage of this available space may be in the large floor plate format like that found in the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings.

An additional 22 million square feet of vacant space is immediately available outside Manhattan in northern New Jersey, Nassau County, Long Island, Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Office Buildings Destroyed

Bldg
Size (Square Feet)
Occupied
Status

1 WTC
4,761,416
4,507,467
Destroyed

2 WTC
4,761,416
4,576,215
Destroyed

1 Liberty Plza
2,121,437
2,081,203
Partial Collapse

7 WTC
2,000,000
2,000,000
Destroyed

5 WTC
783,520
780,873
Destroyed

4 WTC
576,000
561,491
Destroyed

6 WTC
537,694
537,694
Destroyed

Totals
15,541,483
15,044,943

Office Buildings Damaged

Bldg
Size (Square Feet)
Occupied
Location

2 WFC
2,591,244
2,542,244
Across Street - West

3 WFC
2,263,855
2,247,611
Across Street - West

1 WFC
1,461,365
1,323,865
Across Street - Southwest

1 Bank T. Plza.
1,415,086
1,415,086
Across Street South

140 West
1,171,540
1,171,540
Across Street - North

90 Church
950,000
950,000
Across Street - North

195 Broadway
875,000
676,587
Across Street - East, Blocked by Millenium Hotel

22 Cortland
668,110
555,897
Across Street - East

90 West
350,000
335,251
Across Street - South

130 Cedar
135,000
124,300
Across Street - South

114 Liberty
69,004
69,004
Across Street - South

26 Cortland
25,000
25,000
Across Street - East

106 Liberty
18,000
18,000
Across Street - South

110 Liberty
6,000
6,000
Across Street - South

Totals
11,999,204
11,460,385

Hotels Damaged

55 Church/Millennium Hotel
380,542
AcrossStreet - East
Likely Destroyed

3 WTC/Marriot World Trade Hotel
Destroyed

Source: Grubb & Ellis

Links referenced within this article:

www.buildings.com/Articles/related.asp?Category=Real_Estate
www.buildings.com/Articles/Storytype.asp?StoryType=News

Find this article at:

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=324


Attachment (C)

For additional information on locations that the displaced companies may be utilizing for relocation (temporary or permanent) review this article.

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=336

N.Y. Governor Announces Partnership to Help

New York City Businesses in Need of Office Space

NEWS

CoStarGroup

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 -- Governor George E. Pataki announced Friday that CoStar Group, a national commercial real estate information provider, is offering New York City businesses affected by the horrific attack at the World Trade Center access to its extensive database of New York area leasing brokers and available office properties in New York City. This assistance is being coordinated with the State's 1-800-I LOVE NY hotline.

"As part of our continuing commitment to helping businesses that were displaced or otherwise directly impacted by the attack, we have arranged access to this valuable database,'' Governor Pataki said. ``We are deeply grateful for CoStar Group's generous offer to let New York companies capitalize on its resources, including detailed information on more than 90 percent of the office space currently available in the metropolitan area."

CoStar Group's 650 researchers track billions of square feet of commercial real estate across the United States, including the New York metropolitan area, acting as an electronic information-clearing house for the country's commercial real estate professionals.

To access the database, users should visit the Empire State Development Web site at www.nylovesbiz.com and select the ``NY Site Finder'' link. Then, click on "World Trade Center Disaster Alternative Space Listings."

"New York Site Finder" was developed by Empire State Development (ESD) to facilitate the site selection process in New York State. In partnership with local and regional economic development agencies, utility companies, commercial realtors, and other economic development professionals, it also provides users with an extensive and current inventory of industrial sites and buildings.

CoStar Chief Executive Officer Andrew C. Florance said, "There are hundreds of New York businesses displaced that want and need new facilities. We are grateful to have the opportunity to donate our information resources to help them connect with New York's commercial real estate community and the thousands of alternative facilities available in New York City."

ESD Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "CoStar Group's magnanimous offer of aid demonstrates the true spirit of American unity and assistance. I urge all New York City businesses affected by this great national tragedy to visit our Web site to look for alternative office space within New York."

As part of the State's economic recovery effort, Governor Pataki has designated the 1-800-I LOVE NY (800-456-8369) toll-free phone number for businesses and companies displaced or otherwise directly impacted by the attack to acquire business assistance information.

The number provides callers access to assistance services offered by State agencies including Empire State Development, Insurance Department, Banking Department, Department of Labor, Office for Real Property Services, Department of State, Power Authority, Public Service Commission, Department of Taxation and Finance, and the federal Small Business Administration. The Governor has directed ESD to coordinate and lead these agencies' relief efforts.

Businesses may gain relocation information and other services by contacting 1-800-I LOVE NY. Phone lines are now open and will operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

STATE OF NEW YORK
EXECUTIVE CHAMBER
GEORGE E. PATAKI, GOVERNOR
Press Office
518-474-8418
212-681-4640
SOURCE: CoStar Group, Inc.

Links referenced within this article:

CoStarGroup

www.buildings.com/Directory/detail.asp?CustomerID=9461
www.buildings.com/Articles/related.asp?Category=Real_Estate
www.buildings.com/Articles/Storytype.asp?StoryType=News
www.nylovesbiz.com

Find this article at:

www.buildings.com/Articles/detail.asp?ArticleID=336

  Tuesday, May 04, 2004
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