We have submitted this monument as this was our watchword throughout the process of committing to and executing this pro-bono effort. Each year the Tilt Up Concrete Association (TCA) holds a convention and looks for an opportunity to do a community need project that will also demonstrate the possibilities of tilt up construction as a method.
The Sugar Land Parks Department had teamed with a philanthropic group, the Legacy Foundation, to seek out funding for a Memorial for the Veterans of Fort Bend County with a sense of urgency as many veterans of the Korean War in particular were reaching an age where it was time to honor their service in particular, even as the monument was to be ecumenical in nature. The head of the Legacy Foundation happened to be a tilt up contractor and a team was formed.
We began the process as architects with an internal design competition to let the intern staff participate and see the value in in putting forth pro-bono work. An intern in our Washington DC office won the competition with the basic concept we then executed and refined as an office. The Contractor, Parks department, a Historian and the TCA acted as jurors for this effort. We bonded as a firm.
The Parks Department in conjunction with the Planning Department received permission, after our presentation to the City Council, to expedite permitting and inspections. The entire project was built in 29 days with almost nonstop construction and an onsite staff led by two former veterans who worked for the contractor. We bonded as a community.
Approximately 1,000 souls turned out to dedicate the Monument on Veterans Day even as the paint dried- and many eyes did not. It was a deeply touching experience for all of us. We bonded as a culture.