Heller & Metzger in Washington, DC
Cultural

National World War II Memorial

Washington, DC / Leo A. Daly

The National World War II Memorial design recognizes that the site itself pays special tribute to America’s WWII generation. The memorial design creates a special place within the vast openness of the National Mall to commemorate the sacrifice and celebrate the victory of WWII, yet remains respectful and sensitive to its historic surroundings. As the site is within a flood plain, the design incorporated a slurry wall, piles, and a pump room with watertight doors. In addition, there were many unusual finishes, including pre-patinated copper roofs, gold-plated stainless steel stars, custom bronze trench drains, and bronze wreaths and supports that had to match the verdigris patina finish used by the bronze sculptors.