Sunday, January 11, 2009

Finalists Chosen for Eisenhower Memorial

The Washington Business Journal (subscribers only) reports that four finalists have been chosen by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the GSA to design the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial, to be located just south of the Air & Space Museum between 4th Street & 6th Street. Independence Avenue forms the northern boundary of the memorial site. The four finalists are the following: Gehry Partners from LA, Peter Walker & Partners Landscape Architecture from Berkeley, CA, Rogers Marvel Architects from New York, and Krueck + Sexton from Chicago. A finalist will be chosen in March to design the memorial, which will span four acres and is called Eisenhower Square. Construction of Eisenhower Square will require the closure of Maryland Avenue, which bisects the site, but the view shed towards the Capitol Building will need to be maintained. It will cost anywhere from $90 million to $110 million to build the memorial and it should be complete by 2014. The site of the memorial seems appropriate, since President Eisenhower was responsible for the creation of NASA, the FAA, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health & Human Services, whose headquarters buildings are located either adjacent to the memorial site or in close proximity.

(The rendering of the memorial site is from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission website)

No comments: