Daily Court Reporter - News National Veterans Memorial and Museum earns construction award
National Veterans Memorial and Museum earns construction award
RICK ADAMCZAK, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
(Columbus) The stunning new National Veterans Memorial and Museum that spirals seemingly out of the west bank of the Scioto River in Franklinton is now the recipient of a prestigious design award.
The project, which opened last October, was named the "most significant construction project of 2018" by the Associated General Contractors of America.
As a result, the project's contractor, Turner Construction Company, received the association's Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award and the award for the best new building between a cost of $10 and $75 million.
"In a year brimming with exceptional construction projects, this one stood out as the best of the best," said Eddie Stewart, the association's president and president and chief executive officer of Caddell Construction in Montgomery, Ala.
Planning for the new museum, which is located on the site of the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial, began about seven years ago and the behest of the late U.S. Senator and former veteran and astronaut John Glenn, who also served as the founding chairman of the museum's advisory committee.
Construction of the $75 million facility started in December 2015. It opened to the public on Oct. 27, 2018.
The memorial and museum is the first national museum that's dedicated to veterans from all conflicts and all branches of the armed forces.
"It shares the story of veterans, from their decision to join and their experiences in uniform, to their lives after service," according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
The 55,000 square foot facility features minimalistic interior features and a complex exterior curtain wall. But the custom cast-in-place concrete arch superstructure is the building's defining feature, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
"This challenging design included a distinct geometric curve shape that limited design options, as 'out-of-plane' geometry is extremely rare and challenging for cast-in-place, which uses standard formwork system designs," the group notes.
The primary structure is 55,000 square feet, consisting of three concentric rings up to 60 feet tall and 300 feet in diameter. An integrated walking ramp connects the front door to the green roof amphitheater.
The Turner team worked with the building's designers and structural engineer to develop a three-dimensional virtual model and printed scale model, all while coordinating daily on the survey and layout.
"The Build America Awards recognize the ingenuity, thoughtful planning, and masterful delivery of construction projects across the country," said Joe Charczenko, Construction Practice Leader at Construction Risk Partners.
The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards highlight the nation's most significant construction projects.
A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project's complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria.
The awards, which were announced during the association's annual convention in Denver, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the nation.
Date Published: April 23, 2019