World War II Site Selection

Washington, D.C.



Commission of Fine Arts

National Capital Planning Commission

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

National Park Service

National Capital Memorial Commission

Based on our experience with urban planning, historical rehabilitation and success in gaining jurisdictional approvals, DBA was contracted by the American Battle Monuments Commission to conduct an in-depth site evaluation for the National World War II Memorial.  Six sites were originally considered and evaluated.  Criteria for evaluation included prominence of location, ease of accessibility, existing visitorship, and proximity to the monumental axes.  Research for final analysis and site recommendation included photographic surveys, documentation or underground utilities and plant materials and geotechnical analysis.  Design constraints for each site were identified, based on existing physical conditions as well as contextual and historical issues.  An extensive comparative analysis was completed for each site, leading to the final site selected for the Memorial.

Many federal reviews were required included the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and the National Capital Memorial Commission among others.  These reviews and approvals were acquired and completed within the tight deadline so that President Clinton could dedicate the site on November 11, 1995 – Veterans Day, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil war.