Plays Central Role in Boston Airport 9/11 Memorial
The recently dedicated Boston Logan International Airport 9/11
Memorial, designed by Moskow Linn Architects Inc. in Boston, is
a place of reflection and remembrance for those affected by the
events of September 11, 2001.
In 2003, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) identified
a 2.5-acre site at the airport and held a public design competition
to create the Airport 9/11 Memorial. A committee comprised of representatives
from the airlines, families of crew members, local design professionals
and Massport chose The Place of Remembrance submitted by
Moskow Linn Architects as the winning design.
From the point of entry for the memorial, visitors follow one of
two winding walkways that recall the flight paths of the two aircraft.
The paths pass through a grove of ginkgo trees that become more
densely planted near the glass and steel sculpture, The Place
of Remembrance, to create a protective enclosure and to represent
how individuals came together, finding strength in the support and
help of others that day and after. Once at the glass and steel sculpture,
visitors can walk inside it and view two 11-foot-tall glass panels.
On the side of the panel facing out is the departure time of each
airplane. The side facing in is etched with the names of the passengers
and crew of each flight.
As visitors gaze upward through a prism, the sky appears fractured
by glass panels suspended from stainless steel cables. At night,
the sculpture is illuminated serving as a beacon for all to see.
Visitors exit the memorial by returning to the point of departure,
where the words "Remember this Day" are etched in granite.
Ipswich Bay Glass in Rowley, Mass., the glazing contractor for
the project, installed the 9/16-inch tempered laminated glass, supplied
by Viracon. According to project manager Mike Sloan, the glass is
¼-inch clear tempered on both the inboard and outboard lite
with a .060 PVB interlayer. The #2 surface features a custom graduated
goal was to create a place at the airport for personal reflection,
a place for comfort, and a place of remembrance for anyone whose
life was forever changed on September 11, 2001,'' says architect
"As architects, when bringing a project from conception to
reality, we always attempt to maintain as much of the original concept
in the finished project as possible given the realities of site,
budget and materiality. In this case, we are extremely pleased that
the finished product turned out very close to the original concept
we presented to the design review committee,'' he adds. "It
was a challenge and a privilege to work on a project that is so
meaningful to so many people."
The site at the heart of the airport acknowledges the events of
9/11 and honors the passengers and crews of American Airlines Flight
11 and United Airlines Flight 175, both of which departed Logan
Airport that morning for Los Angeles. The memorial also commemorates
the dedication of the Logan Airport community and the contribution
they made in restoring the aviation system to full operation.
"September 11 will remain with all of us-especially those
who lost loved ones that terrible day and those of us who work in
aviation," says Thomas J. Kinton Jr., Massport chief executive
officer and executive director. "As the airport operator, our
intention was to build a public memorial at Logan Airport that acknowledges
the tremendous loss for all who had loved ones on those flights,
both the heroic flight crews and the passengers as well. We believe
this memorial accomplishes that. This memorial tells the story of
an event that took people we loved away from us-147 of them-whose
names are inscribed in the glass sculpture sitting on the highest
point of the site.''
"Massport is grateful to representatives from Boston's design
community who gave their time and expertise to advise us on this
project, especially David Dixon, of Goody Clancy Associates, and
Bill Taylor, of Carol R. Johnson Associates, who served as co-chairs
of the 9/11 Memorial Design Advisory Committee,'' adds Kinton.
The $4-million memorial is prominently located near the inbound
roadway and the walkway from Terminal A to the central garage and
next to the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel, which donated a portion
of its leased land for the memorial. The hotel also redesigned some
of its landscaping to complement it.
The memorial is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
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