Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Selects Tishman Construction to Oversee Construction of the Education Center at The Wall

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has chosen Tishman Construction Corporation of Washington, D.C. as the construction manager for the Education Center at The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF founder and president.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has chosen Tishman Construction Corporation of Washington, D.C. as the construction manager for the Education Center at The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF founder and president.

The Education Center at The Wall is a learning facility being built on the National Mall, near the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials, which will put faces to the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and celebrate the values embodied by all of America’s service members.

“In looking for a construction manager, VVMF wanted to find a firm that understands the delicate challenges of working on a building in a historically significant area,” said Scruggs. “Tishman is the construction manager for the new One World Trade Center building in New York City, so we feel the firm is uniquely suited to building on the National Mall.”

Tishman also has a long history of working on projects in Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the American Pharmacists Association Headquarters, and the Ronald Reagan Building.

The Education Center at The Wall is already well into the design approval process with the federal commissions and local agencies that must approve new additions to the National Mall, and Tishman will continue that cooperative work as design development moves forward.

“At a time when we’re reminded daily of the sacrifice that Americans in uniform are called on to make each day, being selected for a job of this significance is an honor and a source of pride for everyone at Tishman,” said Daniel R. Tishman, chairman and CEO of Tishman and vice chairman of AECOM. “We look forward to working on a project that will provide visitors with a sense of history and serve as an appropriate place to display so many mementos of remembrance that have been left by millions of visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”

The Education Center at The Wall has been designed to minimize visual impact on the site and preserve the historic vistas of the National Mall. It will adhere to the strict design standards set by the owner and operator, the National Park Service. The Center features a courtyard that is open to the sky, maximizing the use of natural light in the Center. Reflecting the importance of using “green” technology, the project team will incorporate sustainable design features and construction techniques in order to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification.

The centerpiece of the exhibits will be a wall of larger-than-life photographs of those whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, shown on their birthdays. Other displays will showcase some of the more than 100,000 items that have been left in tribute at The Wall, a timeline of key military events of the Vietnam War and a history of the Memorial. The Center will celebrate the values embodied by all of America’s service members—loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity and courage—and one of the exhibits will show images of those who served in all of America’s conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.

Ennead Architects, LLP, formerly known as Polshek Partnership Architects, is designing the Education Center at The Wall. Some of the New York City-based firm’s other notable projects include the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the Newseum and the Utah Museum of Natural History.

Ralph Applebaum Associates, currently the largest interpretive museum design firm in the world, has been chosen to create the exhibits for the Education Center at The Wall. RAA’s past projects include the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Newseum and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) is the honorary chairman of the $85 million fundraising campaign to build the Education Center. VVMF has raised an estimated $26 million for the project, including the $10 million lead gift from Time Warner and a recent $1 million matching grant from San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt to match all donations from his home state of Texas up to $1 million.

About Tishman Construction Corporation
Founded in 1898, Tishman Construction Corporation (http://www.tishmanconstruction.com) is one of the world’s leading builders, currently managing construction for the 1,776-foot-high One World Trade Center in New York and the new headquarters for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. Tishman recently joined AECOM Technology Corp., a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM’s 48,000 employees serve clients in more than 100 countries and the company had revenue of $6.3 billion during the 12-month period ended June 30, 2010. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.

About Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (http://www.vvmf.org) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Authorized by Congress, its most recent initiative is building the Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the Memorial that will help visitors discover the stories of those named on The Wall and celebrate the values embodied by all service members who served in all of America’s wars. Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, a traveling Wall replica that honors our nation's veterans and a humanitarian and mine-action program in Vietnam. To learn more about the Education Center at The Wall, visit http://www.buildthecenter.org.

Contact:
John Gallagher
Tishman Construction Corporation
(212) 708-6882
gallagher(at)tishman(dot)com

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Suzanne Halpin
Rubenstein Associates
(212) 843-8283
shalpin(at)rubenstein(dot)com

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