Clark Construction Group, LLC has made tremendous progress since receiving the Notice to Proceed (NTP) on March 8, 2017 for construction of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. The Museum’s foundation footings and concrete lid for the basement have been placed with the rest of the concrete slab to be placed throughout this fall. Structural steel started erection in the Experiential Learning Center area on August 3 and Clark has brought a second crane to begin erecting structural steel in the Exhibition Hall. Four macro artifacts, a M3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle that lead the charge into Baghdad, the “Cobra King” Sherman tank that broke the German line at Bastogne, a LCVP “Higgins Boat” from WWII, and the “5 of Hearts” FT-17 Tank that fought in WWI, were all emplaced in the Exhibition Hall and covered with waterproof “dog houses” to protect them from the elements (see August photos). A twenty foot tall mock-up of the Museum’s building envelope has been erected near the entrance to the Museum to allow validation of the techniques to be used to construct the building’s exterior stainless steel panels and glazing.
Shirley Contracting Company, LLC continues to make progress to build the Museum’s infrastructure, roads, and utilities on the 84–acre site that will support the Museum. Liberty Drive has been constructed with a base coat of asphalt paving up to the future parking lots where work continues to grade and level these areas. Work continues on Fairfax County Parkway to widen it for turn lanes and add a traffic light at the entrance to the Museum. Permanent infiltration galleries to manage storm water runoff have been emplaced and work on the utilities infrastructure such as water pipes from American Water, electric service from Dominion Virginia Power, and a natural gas line from Washington Gas are currently being installed to provide utility services to the Museum.