This Sunday while you’re watching this year’s Emmy® Awards, here’s some news. “Engineering Ground Zero,” a production of the prominent Boston-based NOVA, was named among six titles for best documentary. NJIT was a sponsor of the remarkable effort and NJIT consultant, Newark-based Anthony Cicatiello, was an executive co-producer. The winner of this documentary award will be announced Oct.1, 2012 at the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY, NY.The PBS NOVA documentary, which aired nationally last September, focused on the important work of engineers, architects and technologically-empowered professionals as they remembered 9/11. The 30-minute documentary showed how these professionals were building a new World Trade Center. See a clip or access a full film through I-tunes. Also up for an Emmy are: Frontline’s Wikisecrets; HBO’s The Battle for Marjah; Independent Lens’s Bhutto; and two PBS Point-of-View (POV) productions Armadillo and Where Soldiers Come From.
“We said it then and we’ll say it again,” said NJIT President Dr. Joel S. Bloom. “We knew then this would be a winner and now we’re even prouder because ‘Engineering Ground Zero’ so dramatically and successfully captures NJIT’s mission to promote technological education and research. Our grads become the leaders in engineering, architecture and design. They solve the problems of computing science, the applied sciences and math. They untangle technological puzzles. And they design, build, and create important structures like the old WTC as well as this new one. In short, they do the work that this documentary illustrates so well.”
The film showcased not only the innovation and perseverance of the human spirit, but also the extraordinary access to the site granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
It captured the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient “green” architecture, and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. The program featured interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, the Port Authority’s executive director; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9/11 Memorial.
The awards: The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards is a major national broadcast journalism competition. It promotes journalistic excellence by awarding the coveted Emmy® to the very best news reports and documentary films aired on national television or streamed over the Internet each year.