Arlington National Cemetery | Columbariums & Millennium
Forrester Construction has designed and executed several plans for the Arlington National Cemetery | Multiple Projects layouts. Arlington National Cemetery, which opened in 1864 and spans more than 624 acres, is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Forrester has completed multiple projects for this repeat client including construction of Columbarium Courts No. 8, No. 9 and the cemetery’s Millennium project.
Capable of accommodating 7,600 and 20,000 cremated remains respectively, the columbariums are comprised of poured-in-place concrete clad with limestone and granite façades. The structures rest on auger cast pile foundations whose depth ranges from 15 to 25 feet. The columbariums feature interior and exterior landscaping with water fountains, irrigation and underground electrical systems and storm water management. Significant grading, landscaping, environmental management and the installation of decorative and commemorative stonework was also involved.
Located on the cemetery’s northwest corner adjacent to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and National Park Service property, the Millennium project combines three separate parcels into a single 31-acre internment development. It adds more than 36,000 burial locations including 11,000 full-size plots, 2,600 in-ground cremation plots, and 23,000 niche wall slots. Without these additional spaces, Arlington National Cemetery would have exhausted its interment sites by 2025.
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