Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation
Kansas City, Missouri
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- National Landmark
- Consulting Services
- Historic Restoration
- March, 2000
Joint Venture Partner: Universal Construction
The Liberty Memorial is one of our country’s greatest monuments, with a size comparable to the famous memorials in Washington D.C. It is one of the oldest monuments to freedom and peace in the United States and the only public museum in the country dedicated to the history of World War I.
The Memorial Tower required repair and upgrades to the observation decking, elevator stairs and mechanical and electrical systems. The stairs and support structure on either side of the two museums were demolished and replaced and the memorial wall was restored. Approximately 75% of the overall existing limestone was cleaned, tuckpointed and sealed.
For 70 years, the Liberty Memorial has stood as an impressive symbol of the values which we revere. This restoration returned the monument to its original glory in all areas of the building and site. Adaptive reconstruction updated the facilities to meet current laws and criteria related to accessibility, lighting, security and environmental controls, while preserving the integrity of the original design. The deteriorated structural system was replaced with one that is more durable and allows for the expansion of a 100,000 s.f. museum. Originally, only ten to twenty percent of the museum’s artifacts were seen by the public; the additional space allows patrons to see much more of the valued collection.
Services provided by Christman included comprehensive pre-construction budgeting, detailed systems and restoration cost estimating, value engineering of new construction systems, development of protection systems for historic building fabric, construction phasing and scheduling input, and quality control systems development.