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November 7, 2014

Institutional Honor award:
Tahoma National Cemetery

Photo by Brett Drury [enlarge]
Basalt was used to soften manmade concrete elements at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Location: Kent

Mason contractor: Keystone Masonry

Architect: SmithGroupJJR

Owner: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

General contractor: US Builders Group

This relatively new cemetery went through a second expansion. A modern ossuary was included along with two memorial walls honoring veterans interred in the ossuary, at another cemetery, scattered elsewhere or lost in action.

Basalt was strategically selected as a locally available material to soften the manmade concrete elements and integrate the built structures contributing to a LEED silver-equivalent rating for the site work.

Geometric shapes ranging from straight walls to curves and spirals required a high level of skill to make. More than 20,000 structural concrete masonry units, 34,000 square feet of stone and 1,200 tons of architectural precast concrete were used.

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