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Alum Describes Freedom Tower Work

Matt Johannessen ’06 is currently working on the World Trade Center construction site as assistant project manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff. He was previously assigned to the World Trade Center site as an intern on the project. The company has featured Johannessen on its Web site in a video in which he describes his work coordinating a number of individual contracts in progress at the site, including the construction of the Freedom Tower.

“My favorite thing about my job is I can come down here and pay my respects to what happened, and in the same spot turn around and manage construction all around me,” says Johannessen just after he points out the original concrete footing of the World Trade Center’s North Tower still in place at the site. He notes his signature is among those on one of the super-columns on the Freedom Tower.

“I’m very proud to be part of this project, an amazing opportunity for someone like me right out of college. I’ve had the chance to make a difference in terms of some of the activities down here and there’s no better project,” he says.

Johannessen earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Hobart College. Through participation in the Colleges’ 3-2 engineering program, he also earned a bachelor of engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. While a student at Hobart, he played golf and earned The Stan Chizinski ’49 Award for Golf.

The video of Johannessen can be seen on the Web.