Progress Continues in Rural Pennsylvania on its Paul Murdoch-Designed September 11th Memorial


While all the attention, particularly this week, has been on New York’s National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the other memorial, honoring those who died that day in rural Pennsylvania aboard Flight 93, is still moving forward. Plagued with just as many issues as its counterpart to the east, between budget issues and at times very vocal movements against its design, the memorial is plugging along after finally getting authorized land from the National Park Service and breaking ground back in 2009. Still under construction and likely not to be open to the public for a number of years, the Daily American in Somerset County, where the memorial is located, filed this great report on its progress and spoke with the architect Paul Murdoch, who reportedly “visits the construction project every month or two and is pleased with how it is progressing.” Well worth the read, and remembering, as the bulk of the national attention lies eastward. Here’s a bit about the memorial’s progress:

Phases 1A and 1C of the project are under construction. That is the memorial plaza, with the arrival court, benches, a visitors shelter, parking area, the memorial wall, the entrance road and the ring road. Phase 1B is not under construction. That phase includes the visitors center and exhibits; portal walls, flight path and overlook; 40 memorial groves; walkway around the ring road; western overlook trail; parking, water, sewer and utilities. The total cost of all of phase 1 is estimated at $62 million.

Phase 2 includes the Tower of Voices. Phase 3 includes the return road and reforestation. National Park Service Superintendent Keith Newlin said because the second and third phases are still in the final design stage, he couldn’t provide specific costs for those phases.