NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Executives overseeing the 9/11 Memorial say the museum is taking shape months before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward calls the memorial the sacred heart of the new World Trade Center where 1,200 tons of structural steel have already been put in place ahead of schedule for a massive glass and steel pavilion.

In the atrium, two 70-foot tridents from the old towers will identify the gateway to the museum.

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“They’re two large twin tridents from the original World Trade Center that we’ve already placed inside that structure,” Ward said. “It’ll be a beautiful glass building where you’ll come in, you’ll walk down an entrance ramp and that will be where you descend down into all of the museum space.”

Ward said the pavilion will be clad by the 10th anniversary and Memorial President Joe Daniel said he’s pleased with the progress.

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“Steel for the beautiful entrance down into the museum is already up,” Ward said. “We didn’t even think we’d have that steel by this date.”