It’s been 15 long years since 9/11, as New York City continues to rebuild its World Trade Center area. The construction of the One World Trade Center, aka The Freedom Tower, was completed in November of 2014, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opened back in 2011. There’s still one component from the area that has yet to be finished: the Ron O. Perelman Performing Arts Center.At the onset of construction plans, a Performing Arts Center was an intriguing idea that struggled to move forward. Marred by false starts and redesigns, it seemed the building would never come to fruition. That has all changed now, according to a report by NY Curbed, as the building is set to open as a performing arts space in the year 2020.It was the design firm REX that won the design competition for the new Performing Arts Center, mixing classical elements with a modern touch. You can see the design plans in this video, below.The building is a slightly-off-center box shape, which uses thinly-cut marble (it’s so thin that it’s translucent) on the exterior. Not only that, but the marble will be pulled from the same quarry that supplied the Jefferson Memorial and the Supreme Court Building – making it an instant landmark for that historical reason alone. The marble is then housed between two pieces of glass, both insulating the building and protecting the material from corrosion.Inside, the flexible nature of the room will allow for many different types of concert settings. According to Curbed, “the production level’s three performance spaces and seven movable acoustic walls will allow for 11 different configurations that will house everything from intimate shows sans microphones to rock concerts attended by 1,200 people.”The new building is set for a 2020 release date, and the design team is already optimistic that the new building will soon become one of the premiere performance spaces in the world. We can’t wait for this beautiful landmark to grace New York City and the World Trade Center.
A record 15 gold level-running elite athletes have been confirmed to race for the men and women’s titles and the $15,000 top prize at the fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race this Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, disclosed that six women and nine men who are gold level elite runners made the final list of athletes confirmed by the race’s Director of Organisation, Zack Amodu.Kenya’s Stephen Omiso Arita,Tanzania’s Ismail Juma and Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta will lead the cast of gold-level running elite athletes who are expected to jet into Lagos on Wednesday for the race. Arita is the 10th fastest 10 kilometres runner so far this year courtesy of the 27:59 seconds he ran to win the XV 10km Villa de Laredo 2017 in Laredo, Spain and will be coming to Okpekpe not only to become the fourth Kenyan to win the men’s title but also erase from history books the 28.35 seconds course record set by Teshome Mekonnen in 2014.The Kenyan will however be up against such quality competitors as Tanzania’s Juma who ran 28:58 seconds to place eight at the IAAF Gold Label World’s Best 10k in San Juan, Puerto Rico last February; defending champion Simon Cheprot of Kenya who will be seeking to become the first man to successfully defend an Okpekpe title and Turkey’s Kaan Kigen Ozbilen who holds a 27:25 seconds personal best over 10km and placed 17th in the marathon event at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil last year.Also tipped to be among the competitors for the Okpekpe title and top cash prize are Edwin Nyandusi Mokua of Kenya who holds a 27:38 seconds lifetime best in the event, compatriots Emmanuel Kiprono Kipsang who ran 27:47 seconds to place third in the 10km race in Praha last year and Wilson Kiprono Too whose personal best of 27:39 was achieved way back in 2013 as well as Ethiopia’s Fikadu Haftu who also ran a lifetime best of 27:46 seconds last year.In the women’s category, Gudeta who came third at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships will battle compatriot, Alemtsehay Asefa for the title. Asefa ran 32:39 seconds last March at the Oujda international 10km in Morocco and looks to be the woman to beat.Amodu is thrilled by the quality of the elite athletes coming for the race and predicts new course records for both the men and the women’s race.â€œAlmost all the athletes we have registered for the men and the women’s race have personal best times far better than the 28 minutes and 35 seconds and 32 minutes and 41 seconds course records set in 2014 by Ethiopian duo of Teshome Mekonnen and Wude Ayalew respectively.We have an athlete who has broken 28 minutes this year which means we are likely going to see a first sub 28 minutes time for the first time at the Okpekpe race. We are also hoping to get a sub 32 minutes runner come Saturday in the women’s category,â€ said Amodu who assured stakeholders that everything is set for another successful edition of the race.â€œThe IAAF has set requirements for us to follow as a bronze label event and I can tell you we have met all the requirements and have even moved several steps higher,’he continued. ‘What we are waiting for is just for the race day to be here so that we can put into practice all we have been doing in terms of keeping to the requirements.â€œWe have met the requirement concerning the number of elite athletes that must be present for a bronze label event. In fact we have met the requirement for a gold label event which, considered alongside other requirements which we have also met will facilitate our upgrade into a silver label event,’ he further said and revealed they have met other conditions like insurance cover for the athletes, the equality of the prize money, doping controls and other requirements outlined by the IAAF.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.It is the first and only road race in Nigeria whose race course has been measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer and has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).The Okpekpe international 10km road race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.It is the first and only road race in Nigeria whose race course has been measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer and has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram