Help On The Way for 9/11 Memorial Designer

Efforts to build a Ground Zero memorial were bolstered yesterday with the appointment of a second team of architects to help designer Michael Arad complete the $350 million project.

The downtown-based firm of Davis Brody Bond was given a $1 million contract to back up Arad, an architect who until last month was employed by the city's Housing Authority and had contracts to design two police stations.

"Davis Brody Bond's role as associate architect is to preserve the intent of the original design and to be responsible for its schedule, budget and coordination," said Kevin Rampe, president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

Arad, 34, won the competition to design the memorial to the Sept. 11 victims with his project, Reflecting Waters.