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NCST Advisory Committee to Meet on October 19 and 20


The National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee, the panel of building and fire experts established to advise the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on its building failure investigations, will meet to hear presentations on the progress of the agency’s two ongoing investigations—the building collapses at New York City’s World Trade Center (WTC) following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; and The Station nightclub fire of Feb. 20, 2003, in W. Warwick, R.I.

The agenda for the meeting is available on the NCST Web site,

Sunder will lead a brief question-and-answer period for reporters on the WTC investigation at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Grosshandler and NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory Director James Hill will do the same for the Rhode Island investigation at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Concurrent with the meeting, all presentations will be on the NCST Web site, http://www.nist.gov/ncst.


World Trade Center, Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Investigations to be Discussed

Security Instructions:

For security reasons, all media—including production crew members—planning to attend the briefing in person must register by noon Eastern Time on Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, by calling (301) 975-2762 or by sending e-mail to media@nist.gov. Registered media must have proper credentials (a news media badge with photo or a photo ID with a business card) to enter the NIST campus.


WTC Investigation Leader Shyam Sunder
Rhode Island Investigation Leader William Grosshandler
Project Leaders for the WTC Investigation


Start Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2004
End Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Location: Gaithersburg, Md.
Format: Conference


Registration Contact:

Michael E. Newman
(301) 975-3025