Corps awards contract to construct Vietnam pavilion

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
The contract to build new pavilions for the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, at Punchbowl, entails constructing two new pavilions, like the ones in the artistic rendering above. One of the two pavilions will include Vietnam war battle maps to  complement existing World War II and Korean war battle maps. The other pavilion will serve as an orientation center for the memorial.

The contract to build new pavilions for the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, at Punchbowl, entails constructing two new pavilions, like the ones in the artistic rendering above. One of the two pavilions will include Vietnam war battle maps to complement existing World War II and Korean war battle maps. The other pavilion will serve as an orientation center for the memorial.

Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — A contract to build new pavilions for the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, at Punchbowl, has been awarded to Innovative-Mira Joint, of Aiea, for $4,144,500.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District made the announcement, recently.

The lead architect and designer for this task order construction project is Fung Associates of Honolulu.

The work entails constructing two new pavilions located next to the two existing flag poles, which flank the processional stairs of the Honolulu Memorial. The memorial is one of 25 federal memorials maintained worldwide by the American Battle Monuments Commission, or ABMC.

The design of the new pavilions will be compatible with the materials, features and architectural style of the existing map galleries’ terminating pavilions. One of the two pavilions will include Vietnam war battle maps to complement existing World War II and Korean war battle maps. The other pavilion will serve as an orientation center for the memorial.

Also, the project will provide exterior illumination to the pavilions and repair and/or replace existing walkway areas, drainage and landscaping that are affected by the construction.

Handicap-accessible features will include handicap ramps to the mountainside map gallery entrance and to the restrooms. Also, accessible parking and a loading stall in the upper area of the memorial will be added.

“With the addition of these pavilions, we will appropriately honor the service and sacrifice of those that fought in Vietnam and, in particular, those commemorated in the memorial’s courts of the missing,” said Mike Conley, spokesman, ABMC.

During construction, public access to portions of the memorial may be limited. However, access to the Memorial Chapel, columbarium and all gravesites won’t be affected.

Committal services, interments and burials conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, will continue without interruption.

Galleries containing mosaic maps and descriptions of the achievements of American armed forces in the Central and South Pacific regions in World War II and in Korea flank the memorial chapel.

The project is expected to be completed by November 2012.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl

Call 532-3720 for information about access to the cemetery.

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