September 11 Memorial Design Course

This ASLA and AIA course is a behind-the-scenes look into the design, engineering, and construction of the September 11 Memorial waterfalls.

Continuing Education Course: The 9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial Waterfalls

Water Feature Design, Engineering, and Construction Case Study

ASLA: 1.5 CEUs | AIA: 1 CEU

Course Description

The National September 11 Memorial project explored through this course incorporated waterfalls and water wall designs for large-scale features. The landscape architects involved in its production utilized the most current technology available for fountain operation and data acquisition. The construction of these waterfalls and the different trades that had to be coordinated, as well as intricate weir design, parapet changes and more, are discussed in detail.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s most costly water feature in the United States and will understand many of the challenges facing unique, large-scale displays. The details provided will make the participant much more aware of the steps that need to be taken in schematic, design development and construction documentation, which will allow them to provide their clients more accurate fee proposals for these types of systems. The importance of mock-ups to the September 11 Memorial design will be discussed in detail, with images and videos of actual mock ups and the changes they went through, in order to be able to move forward with construction.

The participant will be more in tune with the need to discuss this necessary component with their clients when deciding whether or not to incorporate a fountain into the design. Many examples of custom fabrications are shown to the participants, along with their unique applications. The purpose is to let them see not only how intricate some features can become, but that products can be made to accomplish unusual fountains, where no off the shelf items can be found to do so. We relate all the features and steps for the September 11 Memorial to how they can be incorporated into designs of various scales.

Sample Video From Course