Last week, 33 students from the Building Construction Services Program at Mississippi State University received a taste of the working world during a hands-on construction tour of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, DC.
Located on a 4-acre site just south of the National Mall on Independence Avenue, MGAC is managing the art design, fabrication, and installation for the $9M stainless steel woven and welded tapestry. With tapestry installation occurring in Washington, DC, structural engineering in Los Angeles and Seattle, and fabrication in Los Angeles, Memphis and Germany, the students learned about the extensive management and coordination required by the MGAC project team.
Expected to deliver in Q2 2020, the green space features six columns, each standing 80 feet tall and 9 feet wide. The focal point? The tapestry, designed by Tomas Osinski, is made of 604 woven panels that total 600 miles of stainless steel. The image on the tapestry depicts beaches of D-Day with the iconic Pointe du Hoc landmark featured at the center of the hand drawn image.