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Point Lookout September 11 Memorial

Hempstead, New York


Woodstock Construction Group


Summer 2017

Technical Description:

• 20' span x 8'-5" rise x 10' long CON/SPAN® B-Series Bridge System
• Two 5’-6” wide x 3’ deep x 21’ long EXPRESS® Foundations

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives when two planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another plane hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the last plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Between the initial collapse of the towers and the first responders who worked at ground zero during the rescue and recovery portion, the Town of Hempstead lost 500 of its citizens.

In 2017, as a way to honor the deceased, Hempstead constructed a $1.3 million waterfront memorial at Town Park Point Lookout. The town envisioned a public space that would be used for annual memorial services while also providing a peaceful location for individual remembrance and reflection. The beach location was selected for its views of lower Manhattan and most importantly, its view of the annual "Tribute in Light" which occurs each year on September 11 from dawn to dusk at the site of the Twin Towers.

The Point Lookout Memorial includes a meditation plaza with a reflection table engraved with a Walt Whitman passage, a granite wall that bears the names of those who died on September 11, 2001 as well as those who died of related-illnesses, a 30' steel beam from the World Trade Center's north tower, and a directional bronze plaque that shows where the Twin Towers once stood in lower Manhattan.

"The annual pilgrimage on September 11th to this sacred memorial provides a space for reflection to all those affected by the events of that day," stated Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin. "Year after year, residents return to the beach to reflect and to look to the west where the Twin Towers once stood."

A 20' span x 8'-5" rise CON/SPAN® B-Series Bridge System, 10' in length, with two 5’-6” wide x 3’ deep x 21’ long EXPRESS® Foundations and two precast headwalls included in the design provided a backdrop for the memorial. The structure also allows visitors to traverse the bridge to a high point where views are directed to the site of the Twin Towers, or to pass under it to access the beach. The curved walls along the south side of the bridge provide protection from the south winds while also enclosing the space creating a defined and tranquil spot for reflection. Granite slabs engraved with the names of the residents and first responders who perished are mounted on the walls. The design incorporates paver walkways through the memorial space to lead beachgoers through the memorial.

"Cashin Associates, P.C. was proud to have assisted the Town of Hempstead in designing this memorial," concluded Nancy Lenz, RLA, Project Manager with Cashin. "As requested, the memorial has provided the local community with a tranquil and dignified location in which to honor those lost on September 11, 2001."

Technical Description:

• 20' span x 8'-5" rise x 10' long CON/SPAN® B-Series Bridge System
• Two 5’-6” wide x 3’ deep x 21’ long EXPRESS® Foundations

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