Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
The Frank Gehry-designed memorial encapsulates Eisenhower’s legacy in a four-acre urban park, featuring large columns with stone cladding suspending a stainless-steel welded wire tapestry. The park contains two stone-clad memorial blocks with bronze statues placing him as the president at the center of the Oval Office and as the general at the Cliff of Normandy. The memorial core can be approached by pedestrians from the east or west along stone paved walkways. A memorial support building is constructed on the east side of the park containing bathrooms and a gift shop. This natural ambar limestone is quarried in the south of Spain, inspired by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
The scope of this project included assisting Gilbane with the development of the quality assurance and control process for receiving, evaluating, and erecting the stone materials as well as attending critical project meetings with the construction and design team related to the stone. As part of the work, WDP observed the day-to-day installation of the stone elements and provided insight to the owner regarding submitted procedures and materials, requests for information, and strategies for executing the design.
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