Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Location: 
Washington, DC
Client: 
Eisenhower Memorial Commission & General Services Administration
Architect: 
Gehry Partners, LLP / AECOM, A Joint Venture
Year Completed: 
2019
Sector: 

Clark is transforming a four-acre site into the first national presidential memorial of the 21st century, which will recognize Eisenhower’s contributions to our nation as the 34th President and the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. 

Located in a new, four-acre public park adjacent to the National Mall and across the street from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Memorial combines grand architectural elements, sculpture,and green space to highlight Eisenhower from his humble childhood in America's heartland to his decisive role as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War II and his two terms as President.

On the left side of the Memorial core, a bronze statue of Eisenhower as 34th President of the United States places him at the center of the White House Oval Office flanked by sculptures of civilian and military advisors, symbolizing the balance Eisenhower struck between conflicting demands of national security and peaceful progress. The bas relief background depicts a map of the world symbolizing Eisenhower's role as a world statesman and preeminent internationalist pursuing universal peace.

Eisenhower as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War II is commemorated on the right side of the Memorial by a bronze heroic-sized statue with sculptures of his soldiers inspired by the famous photograph with the 101st Airborne Division before their jump into France. Behind the sculptures is a bas relief depicting the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

On a pedestal at the northwest plaza entrance, a life-size sculpture of Eisenhower as a young man depicts the trajectory of his life as the quintessential American story. Inscribed in stone nearby is an excerpt from Eisenhower's Abilene Homecoming Speech on June 22, 1945.
Framing the entire park and Memorial is a first-of-its-kind stainless steel woven tapestry by artistThomas Osinski, which depicts the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on the Normandy coastline. Stone bas relief images and inscription panels bear poignant words from Eisenhower addressestogive context to the Memorial's sculptures.

In addition to the memorial, the project included a bookstore, a National Park Service Ranger contact station, public restrooms, and support facilities for the memorial’s operation and maintenance.

C3M Power Systems, a subsidiary of Clark, is responsible for the installation of power distribution systems, high-end lighting fixtures and controls, and communications systems for the memorial and visitor’s center as well as electrical and communications work

as needed to perform structural rehabilitation of the existing Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building. 

Clark Concrete performed cast-in-place concrete work for the project.