Saturday, January 23, 2010

Construction Manager Selected for Eisenhower Square

According to an article in the Washington Business Journal, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has chosen Gilbane Building Company to oversee the design and construction management of Eisenhower Square, the memorial dedicated to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Back in March, Frank Gehry was chosen to design the memorial, which will be a four-acre site located across from the National Air & Space Museum and the Department of Education headquarters at 4th Street & Independence Avenue. 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 rendering of the memorial site is from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission website)


Anonymous said...

I don't like the location; it just seems too intrusive on the psuedo-symmetric design of the Mall. Here's a key question: Does every Memorial HAVE to be on the Mall? What about east of the Hill? What about the waterfront? What about the government parcels north of Constitution, south of Pennsylvania, and between 18th and 21st streets?

Anonymous said...

Not all the memorials are on the Mall - only the ones we remember. Consider all the DC Circles with statues - those could all be labeled memorials. Even the African American Civil War Memorial up by U Street NW, or the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on the island - neither is anywhere near the Mall.

It's not so much that "every" memorial have to be on the Mall - it's just that we only associate the "important" memorials as being near the Mall.

Unknown said...

what is a psuedo-symmetric design?