Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Honor Through Design | The 9/11 Memorial’s Stunning, Reflective Design

Out of chaos and terror, one of the most enduring symbols of America’s freedom, honor and values was born. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a stunning work of art and design, crafted with care and remembrance as a lasting reflection of courage and heroism in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

September 11th Memorial and Museum

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum sits on approximately half of the sixteen acres where the World Trade Center once stood, on Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. Flanked on its four sides by 1 WTC, 2 WTC, 3 WTC, 4 WTC and Liberty Park, the 9/11 Memorial exists to provide a solemn reminder of the past, a way to honor lives lost in the present, and sustainable, green design for the future.

New York - National September 11 Memorial South Pool - April 2012 - 9693C

The 9/11 Memorial’s design was crafted by Michael Arad (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect), and chosen out of a pool of over 5,200 entries from designers in 63 nations. Arad and Walker’s design was chosen for its careful blend of sustainable green design, aesthetic beauty, and its capability to properly display and honor the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The National 9/11 Memorial is a wonder of sustainable, green design, and remains one of the finest eco-friendly public spaces in the world today. The Memorial Glade, flanked by swamp white oak trees, is a stunning area for reflection and contemplation. The grounds are also sustained by state-of-the-art storm water collection and irrigation systems. From the official 9/11 Memorial website:

Rainwater will be collected in storage tanks below the plaza surface. A majority of the daily and monthly irrigation requirements will be met by the harvested water.

The project is pursuing the Gold certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction program. LEED is a third party certification program for green building, design and construction. The plaza is also built to meet requirements of New York State Executive Order 111 and the WTC Sustainable Design Guidelines, which both promote environment-friendly practices.

The Memorial is perhaps most notable for its massive waterfalls and reflecting pools, each sitting in the footprints of the original World Trade Center buildings. The twin reflecting pools sit at the base of the largest man-made waterfalls in North America, and each spans nearly an acre.

Flight 11 section, 9-11 Memorial - Flickr - skinnylawyer

Those familiar with history will remember the “precursor” 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s designers were careful to include the victims of that tragedy in their remembrances. The names of all those lost in the 1993 WTC attack, the 2001 World Trade Center bombing, the attacks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon are listed in enduring inscriptions on bronze panels around the edges of the two memorial pools.

Perhaps the most poignant natural feature of the 9/11 Memorial is the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived at the site of the 9/11/2001 attack. After being rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Survivor Tree was re-planted at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where it stands as a living monument to endurance, life and resolve.

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is dependent on your tax-deductible donations. Please consider a donation, a sponsorship of a paver or cobblestone, or any amount you are able to give so that this stunning example of honor and remembrance in design lives on for future generations to visit.

Memorial Day 2018: Peter Salerno Inc. Salutes Veterans and Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day 2018: Peter Salerno Inc. Salutes Veterans and Fallen Heroes

Peter Salerno and his team see Memorial Day as more than a time to celebrate, barbecue and enjoy the company of loved ones. It is a holiday to pause and remember the brave men and women of the United States Military, especially those who sacrificed their lives to protect the liberty, safety and future of the nation in which we are fortunate to live.

One of the most poignant and moving tribute videos we watched this Memorial Day 2018 weekend was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of Steve Strauss. A simple and impactful short film, Mr. Strauss’s video encapsulates all the things that make Memorial Day so important: sacrifice, liberty, patriotism, honor, duty and country.

Peter Salerno has been celebrated for his world-class custom kitchen and bath designs for decades. But nothing will ever replace the sense of personal pride and honor Peter feels as a veteran of the United States Navy, graduating from The Citadel as an Ensign and serving his commitment to the U.S. Navy in a tour of Europe and Western Asia.

Much of Peter Salerno’s worldly sense of design was formed during his Naval commitment, especially during his time of service in Italy. Upon his return, Peter grew to become one of the most influential custom kitchen and bath designers in the world – but he also returned with a heightened sense of pride, honor, and commitment to this country and its veterans.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno (right), during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day, think about the military heroes and veterans in your life. How have you honored their service and sacrifice? What can you do to ensure their legacies are remembered? It is our civic duty to these brave servicemen and women that we take a moment each Memorial Day (and each day in general) to give thanks for their bravery and valor.

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc., we hope you enjoyed a blessed, safe and thankful Memorial Day 2018.