We have gathered the following news updates on how industry associations have reacted to the news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Latest News! Chris Mottl, a Providence, RI, Roto-Rooter plumber, spent five days using his Ridgid/Kollmann SeeSnake drain camera to search for any survivors of the World Trade Center collapse. Mottl's two brothers, Bruce, also of Rhode Island, and Tim, from suburban Chicago, joined him in the effort.

  • Several engineering firms located in New York's World Trade Center complex and surrounding area were directly hit by the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States. That list includes:

    The Washington Group (formerly Raytheon Infrastructure, Inc.), with 190 employees located on the 91st floor of the South Tower of the WTC, suffered one confirmed fatality and 12 are still missing and presumed dead.

    Langan Engineering, located across the street from the WTC, also suffered a fatality.

    Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) had 15 employees working on several floors in the WTC North Tower in the New York Port Authority's offices when the first plane crashed into floors just above. All of PB's employees evacuated the tower by emergency stairwell down more than 70 floors.

    Han-Padron Associates and Edwards and Kelcey, Inc., both located in buildings adjacent to the WTC, were forced from their offices, which were severely damaged from falling debris.

    Seabury & Smith, ACEC's health insurance provider with headquarters on the 49th floor of the South Tower, reported no fatalities. However, some 313 employees of Seabury's parent company, Marsh USA, located on floors 93 through 100 of the North Tower, are missing and presumed dead.

    More corporations located in the WTC buildings include:

    New York Port Authority (Tower 1, 90th Floor), 121 Members, Status: Unknown

    Washington Group, including Raytheon Co. & Ebasco Services (Tower 2, 91st & 22nd Floor), 20 Members, Status: Unknown

    SCOR U.S. Corporation (Tower 2, 23,24th Floor), One Member, Status: Unknown

    American Bureau of Shipping (Tower 1, 91st Floor), No Members at this location

    Gibbs & Hill (Tower 2, 91st Floor), No Members at this location

    Turner Construction Company (Tower 1, 38th, Floor), No Members at this location

  • Engineering firms in New York, Washington, and elsewhere responded quickly to the tragedies at the World Trade Center and Pentagon with on-site assistance and offers of relief and counsel.

    Richard Tomasetti, president of Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers of New York, led an engineering team to the WTC site on the afternoon of the attack to support FBI, police, and fire rescue, an effort that involved 40 engineers 24 hours a day, leading dozens of engineering firms in support of the city's rescue and recovery efforts.

    Mueser Rutledge Engineers is evaluating the WTC substructure, which previously housed seven stories of transit, shopping, and parking to determine whether flooding and debris are undermining neighboring structures.

    Syska & Hennessey is now undertaking mechanical/electrical engineering recovery work in both NY and at the Pentagon. John F. Hennessey III, chairman, is also chairman of the Salvation Army of NY and heading up their relief drive.

    Wilbur Smith Associates is assessing the structural integrity of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters building across from the Pentagon blast area.

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers, using its Disaster Response Procedure, has authorized the formation of two teams to study the collapse of World Trade Center in New York and the damage to the Pentagon in suburban Washington, DC. Each team is composed of ASCE members who are experts in the design of complex structures. When the teams complete their assignment, their work will be documented in the form of a report that will be made available to the ASCE membership and other interested parties.

  • The Executive Committee of the National Fire Protection Association's Board of Directors voted unanimously to donate $100,000 to the New York Firefighter's 9-11 Relief Fund. The fund, established by IAFF, is securing financial assistance to the families of fallen firefighters and fire officers.

    NFPA will also match employee donations to approved charities and memorial funds in support of the New York and Pentagon tragedies. Those wishing to send donations should send checks payable to "The New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund" to IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer's Office, Attn: New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund, 1750 New York Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006-5395.

  • The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting, Sprinklerfitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) reported that three members of UA Local 638 were killed and two others injured as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Sept. 11.

    As a result, UA set up the United Association Emergency World Trade Center/Pentagon Assistance Program. The fund will be used to assist local union victims' families, the fire department and police departments in both New York and Washington.

    Checks can be made out to United Association Emergency World Trade Center/Pentagon Assistance Program and mailed to United Association Emergency World Trade Center/Pentagon Assistance Program, P. O. Box 37800, Washington, DC 20013-4397.

  • Due to the tragic events of September 11, the 2001 Joint ASSE/IAPMO Conference that was to be held in Portland, Oregon, was cancelled. Rather than rescheduling the Education and Business Conference, the IAPMO Board of Directors decided to hold a Special Business Meeting at the John Ascuaga's Nugget Resort in Sparks, NV, on November 9, 2001.

  • The ICBO Annual Business Conference that was supposed to be held in conjunction with BOCA in Cincinnati Sept. 16-17 was rescheduled for Oct. 28-Nov.1 as the ICBO/SBCCI Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC.

  • The PHCC has established a scholarship fund for Imran Khan, the 13-year-old son of PHCC member services manager Norma Khan. Ms. Khan perished in the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. Contributions can be sent to PHCC Educational Foundation, 180 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046. Please make any checks out to the PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund, with a notation that the donation is for the Imran Khan Fund.