No formal plans set for Trade Center steel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY — Only the locations have been named for two steel beams from the World Trade Center that made their way to Salisbury earlier this year.
The two 8-foot steel beams have a temporary home at Salisbury Fire Station No. 1, but the plans for the final resting places remain undetermined.
In May, the Salisbury Fire Department revealed the steel beams, which will be become permanent fixtures. The beams arrived in Salisbury in mid-April.
“No formal plan has been discussed or developed yet,” said Chris Kepley, Salisbury Fire Department public information officer.
Fire officials said in May one beam will be incorporated into the Salisbury-Rowan Firefighters Memorial at 1400 S. Main St.
The other piece of steel will become part of a memorial site at the Firefighters Training Facility at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Paula Dibley, director of college relations, marketing and communications for RCCC said college officials are excited about the memorial.
The state board of community colleges reviews the building plans and handles the negotiations, including where and how the steel beam will be integrated, she said.
The college has interviewed several design firms which will look at the proposed concept, she said.
The college expects a decision within three to six weeks regarding which design firm will be chosen.
The building is planned to be really functional, Dibley said.
The training facility will have four different walls, each to replicate different structures a firefighter would respond to including a house and commercial building.
For instance, the house wall would look like the outside of a house.
Dibley said the college expects planning to take anywhere from three to nine months, but there is no firm timeline.
Tammy File, a senior office assistant for the fire department, worked since 2009 to obtain those steel pieces of the World Trade Center.
More than 10,000 communities have requested and will receive artifacts, Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell said in May.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.