Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, recently served as the structural engineer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which will be dedicated on August 28, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Thornton Tomasetti Vice President Tom McElwain and Project Engineer Calvin D. Austin, both based in the Washington, D.C. office, led the assignment for the firm.
• Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design and construction administration services for the new memorial, which occupies a four-acre site along the Tidal Basin. It is adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and sits on a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.
• The design features natural elements such as stone, water and trees on a crescent-shaped plaza. Our engineers worked closely with the geotechnical consultant to overcome challenging soil conditions. The entire memorial rests upon piles driven to bedrock.
• The project includes a large sculpture and massive stone gateway with two waterfalls that are served by below-grade pump rooms and a 175-foot long access tunnel, as well as a 3,000-square-foot building that will house a bookstore and public facilities. The plaza is surrounded by curving, stone-clad retaining walls carved with inscriptions.
• The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. was created specifically to build the monument, a venture that has been more than a decade in the making. The memorial was built by a design-build team consisting of a joint venture of McKissack & McKissack of Washington, D.C. (the architect of record); New York City-based Turner Construction Company; Gilford Corporation of Beltsville, Md.; and Tompkins Builders, Inc. of Washington, D.C. The construction cost of the project is $120 million.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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