Soon-to-be engineers work with Remembrance Foundation to design downtown Anchorage landmark

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Thirty graduating civil engineering students from UAA's School of Engineering are putting the final touches on their schematic design for the development of a new outdoor display in the "Butress" area of downtown Anchorage that will feature a number of historic U.S. artifacts. Working together as a team, the class acts as an engineering consulting firm to design a system for a real client. The class will present their senior project on Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. in Rasmuson Hall, room 101. The presentation is open to the public.

Mr. Bob Halcro and the Remembrance Foundation sought UAA's help in the preliminary planning and design of the proposed outdoor park, situated near the Anchorage Market and Festival in downtown Anchorage. Students have prepared a plan that includes 13 sites to house historic U.S. artifacts including a rock from the shores of Plymouth, Massachusetts where the pilgrims landed; steel from the battleship Arizona that was attacked in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941; a large piece of remnant steel from the World Trade Center destroyed Sept. 11, 2001; and an exact replica of the original Liberty Bell.

Read the full news release here.

For information on the project, call Professor T. Bart Quimby at (907) 786-1046 or visit

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