Jefferson National Expansion Memorial


Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

LocationSt. Louis, MO
ClientMichael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
ServicesResearch, Landscape Analysis, Value Analysis, Park Master Planning
Site Area191 ac (77 ha)
Budget$305 million USD (estimate for the General Management Plan preferred alternative)
Date2011 - 2012

The 91-acre memorial, a National Historic Landmark, includes Eero Saarinen’s 630-foot Gateway Arch and memorial grounds designed by Dan Kiley and the 45,000-square-foot Museum of Western Expansion under the Arch. OCULUS supported the development of the City+Arch+River 2015 Revitalization Plan prepared by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA). OCULUS reviewed and analyzed MVVA’s conceptual and schematic design proposals and provided design recommendations focusing on compatibility of new interventions within the National Historic Landmark. In addition, OCULUS prepared for and participated in the value analysis process that assessed design alternatives and supported identification of preferred alternatives.

Prior to supporting the MVVA team, OCULUS principal Rob McGinnis served as AECOM’s project director for the General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the 91-acre memorial and 100-acre expansion within East St. Louis, Illinois; the updated Cultural Landscape Report; Landscape Preservation Maintenance Plan; Emerald Ash Borer Strategy Environmental Assessment; and he served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group supporting the jury and shortlisted teams during the City+Arch+River 2015 international design competition.

Image Credits: Courtesy of the National Park Service.