Downtown Concierge

Veterans Memorial project taking shape on Scioto Peninsula

The country’s first National Veterans Memorial & Museum is taking shape on the western edge of downtown.

With construction about halfway through, I toured the site on Columbus’ Scioto Peninsula where the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial building stood until 2015.

Rising in its place - and recycling some concrete - is a $75 million, 50,000-square-foot tribute to all American military veterans.

See the slideshow for photos of the building, including the curved concrete-arch design that’s visible from both sides of the Scioto River.

The unique architecture is sure to impress but it makes for a difficult project.

“Workers are banging their heads on the wall because of the complexity,” said Nigel Carter, project manager for Turner Construction Co.

 “Now they’re walking around with pride, having accomplished it,” said Guy Worley, CEO of Columbus Downtown Development Corp., which is leading the project.

The building will have 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and will be available for celebrations, veteran ceremonies and reunions.

A Memorial Grove to the north of the building will have hundreds of trees and a water feature, serving as a “natural sanctuary for reflection and remembrance.”

The memorial and museum is expected to open in the summer of 2018.

For an update on the fundraising process, click here.

CDDC shared the following details:

The project team has 46 veterans, including 27 working on the construction site
Average number of workers on the site: 75-100 per week
Concrete pour sequences: 50
Auger cast piles: 553
Weight of concrete: 28 million pounds
Steel reinforcing (rebar): 1,100 tons
Structural steel: 500 tons
Top soil in landscaped areas: 7,000 cubic yards
Trees: 251, including 21 varieties

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