Renderings courtesy Voorsanger & Associates. Thornton Tomasetti photo.
The four massive columns designed to support the new Canopy of Peace at the National World War II museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, have been pre-assembled for fit out at a steel shop in Tijuana, Mexico.
Thornton Tomasetti designed the 150-foot-tall, 484-foot-long, 131-foot-wide steel space truss canopy structure as part of an expansion that will quadruple the size of the museum. We are providing structural engineering services to the World War II Museum for the project.
Partially covered with translucent fabric panels, the canopy will unify the campus, provide shade and lighting to the parade ground underneath and will give the museum its signature feature. Two of the four columns supporting it will form into a V, which will be the first piece to be installed in August. The canopy is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Formerly known as the D-Day Museum, the National World War II Museum is located in the city’s Central Business District and focuses on the U.S. experience in, and contributions to, the war. Voorsanger & Associates is the design lead architect and Mathes Brierre Architects is the architect of record for the project planned for completion in mid-2019.
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