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FEDERAL//STATE OF THE SECTOR A Monument Worthy of the Man DESIGN-BUILD’S ROLE IN MAKING DR. KING’S NATIONAL MEMORIAL A REALITY. By Susan Hines ON AUGUST 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of the momentous March on Washington, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be officially dedicated. Nestled in Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin, the memorial to the slain civil rights leader is visually linked with the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. The King Memorial will be the first space on the National Mall dedicated to an African-American and just the third memorial to honor an individual who was not a president. “There are a lot of firsts in this instance,” says Dr. Ed Jackson Jr., executive architect of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation. “It is the first time an AfricanA merican foundation has funded and built a memorial on the National Mall and the first memorial on the Mall where the design was the product of an international competition with an international jury.” The King Memorial will also be the first new construction on the Mall to be delivered via design-build. A MONUMENTAL TASK Establishing a national memorial in Washington, D.C., is an arduous task, requiring a level of dedication and determination that also must be a labor of love. In this case, the organizing force behind the King Memorial has been the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity that lobbied Congress to authorize the Memorial and established the nonprofit foundation to fund design and construction. King is the bestknown member of the fraternity, which also counts such illustrious Americans as W. E. B. Dubois, Jesse Owens, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall and Andrew Young among its brotherhood. Asked by his fraternity to take on the task of overseeing design and construction, Jackson spent several days deciding. “Alpha Phi Alpha spent 13 years getting the legislation [authorizing the Memorial] approved,” Jackson says. “What was it going to take to get site approval, design approval and to launch construction? How difficult getting consensus in Washington, D.C., is, even under normal circumstance.” Ultimately, the memorial was 15 years in the making, a decade and a half 10 summer//2011 the quarterly publication of the design-build institute of america

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