UNITED STATES WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

Washington, District of Columbia
GC: Tompkins, Grunley, & Walsh, Washington, District of Columbia

Public Law 103-32 authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to establish a World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. The memorial stands at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The ABMC engaged the GSA Public Buildings Service to act as agent to manage the project. Friedrich St. Florian’s memorial design concept was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission in the summer of 1998. Along with St. Florian, Leo A Daly, an international architecture firm; George E. Hartman of Hartman-Cox Architects; landscape architect Oehme van Sweden & Associates; sculptor Ray Kaskey, and stone carver and letterer Nick Benson comprised the team. Construction began on the World War II Memorial in September of 2001, and the memorial was opened to the public on April 29, 2004.

Allen Architectural Metals, Inc. was honored to provide services and products for the World War II Memorial. The company fabricated and installed all bronze handrails throughout the Memorial, the bronze doors and bronze gates for the pump house, and the bronze lettering which appears underneath the Atlantic and Pacific Gazebos. All bronze components were hand polished to a satin finish and sealed with a clear coat. Cast aluminum was incorporated into the design with decorative grating surrounding the fountain. Stainless steel grating was used for the centerpiece of the fountain. Allen Architectural Metals, Inc. was also responsible for the fabrication of steel gates in the Comfort Stations and an assortment of stainless gratings.

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