Lehman Brothers Disaster Recovery JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Forest Electric NJ often achieves the impossible for our clients. Forest Electrical and Forest Datacom did this with its remarkable disaster recovery work for long-time client Lehman Brothers, whose main Data Center at Two World Trade Center was destroyed in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
On that September 11, the unthinkable happened. Unfortunately, five employees of Forest who were working at the Trade Center at the time did not survive the attack. Furthermore, the entire Data Center infrastructure was destroyed. Given the critical nature of this Data Center, it was imperative for the reconstruction efforts to begin at once.
A command center was established on the evening of September 11 at the Lehman Brothers’ facility at 101 Hudson Street in Jersey City. Soon our staff was mobilized and in concert with Hennigan Construction, and we began to conceive the design and engineer requirements of Lehman Brothers’ staff.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
Working around the clock, and with as many as 200 personnel assigned to this project at its peak, Forest completed the project in just 12 weeks. Phase One included the modification and expansion of an existing adjunct Data Center, to be finished by the reopening of the markets which were closed after September 11. Absolutely no traders could go to the stock market unless Phase One was successful, and in just six days this crucial part of the project was completed.
At the sound of the bell on the reopening of the market on 9/17/2001, Forest completed Phase One and 1,400 traders returned to work. During the next several weeks, all of Lehman’s staff, some 4,000 employees, were back on the job. This is remarkable accomplishment is one of the many legacies that Forest NJ is proud to have been associated with. It is also important to note that Forest Electric was associated with the construction of the 101 Hudson Street building. After the completion of this project it stood as the tallest building in New Jersey until Goldman Sachs 30 Hudson Street building was erected and completed.
This monumental task was further complicated by the fact that the Business Managers of the IBEW Locals were in San Francisco for the annual election of the IBEW president. Forest collaborated with the Business Managers from IBEW 164 (Project’s Jurisdictional Local) and with IBEW Local 3 who were on the West coast, to provide the manpower requirements needed for such a critical project. Everyone from both IBEW Locals worked together to get the job done.
What was achieved was nothing short of miraculous. To reconstruct in three months what it took more than 15 years to create is incredible enough, but to do so under such difficult circumstances was unbelievable. Under an increased amount of pressure, Forest arranged special air freighting for equipment and police escorts for delivery of its materials (required because 101 Hudson is located on the waterfront in Jersey City and as such, a four block perimeter had been set up by State and Federal government agencies surrounding the area). To complete the project on time, Forest supplied around-the-clock employment of staff to coordinate the design, engineering and construction. The project managers delegated the work and our superintendents controlled the flow of manpower.